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May 21, 2019

Around the nation: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta holds prom for teen patients

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    Anika Shah, a patient who received chemotherapy at the hospital's Aflac Cancer Center a few days before prom, called the party "breathtaking," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Ohio, and Washington.

    • Georgia: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta this month hosted its sixth annual teen prom for patients. The prom included music, food, and a photographer. Anika Shah, a patient who received chemotherapy at the hospital's Aflac Cancer Center a few days before prom said the party was "breathtaking." Volunteer Carrey Burgner said the prom allows the kids to "forget that they're sick for just a few minutes. … It's amazing" (Francis/Noll, ABC News, 5/17).

    • Ohio: Summa Akron City Hospital will open a new tower on May 28. The seven-story tower, which cost $220 million to build, will have 108 private rooms, 27 ORs, and a same-day labor and delivery suite (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/17).

    • Washington: The Vashon Island School District—an area the Associated Press reports is known for low vaccination rates—has seen an increase in vaccinated children in recent years, according to the King County Public Health Department. The number of fully immunized kindergartners increased by 31% in the last six years, and jumped from 56% in 2017 to almost 74% in 2018. School nurse Sarah Day, who's worked to increase the immunization rate on the island, said the increase in vaccination is due in part to increased access to information and media coverage of measles outbreaks in New York and in the Pacific Northwest. However, despite the gains, the school district still has one of the country's lowest rates of fully immunized children, according to the AP (Ho, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/20).

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