A double amputee patient in a wheelchair opened fire at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Wednesday, wounding a doctor who was attempting to subdue the patient, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Indiana, and Texas.
- Florida: A double amputee patient in a wheelchair opened fire at West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Wednesday while being brought to the ED. A doctor who attempted to subdue the patient was injured by the gunfire and was transported to a local hospital. The doctor was released from the hospital Wednesday evening. Justin Fleck, assistant special agent in charge at FBI's Miami Office, called the doctor "heroic," saying the physician "probably saved a lot of lives" (Chirbas, NBC News, 2/28).
- Indiana: Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville and all of its affiliated clinics are slated to close on April 27. The medical center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013 and entered into a management agreement with Galichia Hospital Group, which has since decided to close the medical center (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 2/27).
- Texas: Charles Stokes, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, is retiring at the end of this year. Stokes has worked at Memorial Hermann since becoming the health system's COO in 2008. He previously served as CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/27).
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