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January 8, 2019

Around the nation: Two-year old cancer patient with rare blood type finds match—but she needs two more

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     Zainab Mughal, the two-year-old patient, still needs at least two more donors to lead a healthy life, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, New Jersey, and Texas

    • Florida: Doctors and Oneblood, a Florida-based non-profit, are conducting a global search to find donors for Zainab Mughal, a two-year-old girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and needs blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants to survive. Mughal has one of the rarest blood types in the world, requiring a donor who is 100% Pakistani, Indian, or Iranian and blood type O or A. Doctors say Mughal will need six donors to lead a healthy life, and so far, they have identified four (Hassanein/May, Tallahassee Democrat/USA Today, 1/4).
    • Texas: Ascension Texas announced last week that it will reopen the Little River Healthcare clinics that were closed last month after Little River Healthcare declared bankruptcy. Ascension purchased the assets affiliated with the facilities and plans to reopen the clinics Jan. 8. Under the deal, 25 physicians, nine advanced practice practitioners, and 70 other staff members will join Ascension Medical Group, according to Ascension Texas CEO Craig Cordola (Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 1/4).
    • New Jersey: Behavioral health provider Carrier Clinic and Hackensack Meridian Health on Thursday announced that they have completed their merger. The deal will bring new substance use treatment centers to the state as well as the state's first urgent care centers with on-site behavioral health services. The merger has been approved by New Jersey's attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 1/3).

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