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December 11, 2018

Around the nation: When a nurse needed a kidney, his coworkers volunteered to donate

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    Adam Hyman, a nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who needs an organ donor, said three of his coworkers are a match, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. 

    • District of Columbia: George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) has suspended talks with the city to build and operate a new hospital in southeast Washington, D.C. The D.C. Council last week voted to require the new hospital to honor union contracts and employ health care workers from the existing public hospital United Medical Center and to enter an affiliation agreement to allow Howard University medical students and doctors to practice at the hospital. GW Hospital CEO Kimberly Russo in a letter to City Administrator Rashad Young said plans for the hospital can only progress if council members remove the restrictions (Jamison, Washington Post, 12/6).
    • Maryland: NIH Director Francis Collins on Saturday apologized to the founder and CEO of the traveling Beyond the Diagnosis Art Exhibit—which features portraits of people with rare diseases—after a curator refused to hang one of the portraits at the NIH Clinical Center. The curator's refusal prompted the organizer to cancel the show and sparked outrage on social media. Collins in the apology said NIH plans to pursue a partnership with the exhibit, "including displaying their portraits for Rare Disease Day and a future showing at the Clinical Center," Collins tweeted writes (Sheridan, STAT News, 12/9).
    • Pennsylvania: At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), three coworkers offered their kidneys to an oncology nurse with Zollinger Ellison syndrome. The nurse, Adam Hyman, was diagnosed with and treated for the condition by doctors at CHOP, who removed his stomach when he was a teenager. Now Hyman needs a new kidney after developing bad kidney stones, according to Fox29. The three coworkers who offered their kidneys are a match (Fox29, 12/9).

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