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February 21, 2019

Around the nation: How this school nurse is remembering women who've been murdered

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    Dawn Wilcox said she created Women Count USA to "get the message [across] that women matter, and that these women's lives mattered, and that this is not acceptable," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas.

    • Louisiana: Springhill Medical Center has named Mike Patronis as its new CEO. Patronis recently served as chief of the medical support division and command administrator in the Office of the Surgeon General at the Air Force Global Strike Command Headquarters. Patronis succeeds Vince Sedminik, who served as CEO of the health system for six years (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/19).
    • Ohio: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) last week sent a letter to OptumRx that alleges the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) failed to pass on a total of $15.8 million in discounts to Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation between 2015 and 2018. In a statement Tuesday, Yost said the bureau and the PBM must first go to mediation before the state can sue, which Yost indicated was an option. An Optum spokesperson in a statement to FierceHealthcare said Yost's claims "are without merit" and that the company is "working with the state to resolve the Bureau's concerns in accordance with the terms of our contract." Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (Ohio Attorney General, release, 2/19; Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 2/20).
    • Texas: For two years, school nurse Dawn Wilcox has maintained Women Count USA, a publicly available database of women who were killed by men in the United States. Each week, Wilcox searches through online news reports and obituaries to find stories of women who were killed by male strangers, family members, or lovers to add to the database. Wilcox said that she created Women Count USA following public outcry over the shooting of a gorilla and a lion. Wilcox, an animal lover, was troubled by those killings but also noticed a lack of uproar over the deaths of women. So, she started the database "to get the message [across] that women matter, and that these women's lives mattered, and that this is not acceptable," (Schreyer, Kaiser Health News, 2/20).

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