September 5, 2019

Around the nation: NYC health officials declare measles outbreak over

Daily Briefing

    The announcement marks the end of the largest measles outbreak in New York City in three decades, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New York, Ohio, and Texas.

    • New York: A measles outbreak that has caused more than 600 confirmed cases since last October is over, New York City health officials announced Tuesday. According to officials, zero new cases have been reported since July. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in a statement on Tuesday said that bringing an end to the outbreak required extensive collaboration with community organizations and leaders. City officials are still monitoring the outbreak in case future cases emerge, De Blasio added (Howard, CNN, 9/3).
    • Ohio: A group of older adults at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center with severe pulmonary illness are learning to play the harmonica through the hospital's music therapy program. Bob Rosneck, pulmonary rehab coordinator at University Hospitals, said playing the harmonica can help the patients with their symptoms. For instance, Donald Frost, a patient with COPD, said the sessions are helping him do "things that people take for granted," like learning to inhale and exhale. The patients said they learn a new song each week (Belay, Fox8, 9/3).
    • Texas: Texas-based Tenet Healthcare has named three leaders for medical centers in its Central Coast Market, which includes Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital in California. Scott Wartelle, who previously served as CFO of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, was named CFO of the Central Coast Market. Brenda Pettit, who served as controller of the Central Coast Market in 2017, will serve as assistant CFO and Diane McCluskey, previously chief HR officer at Twin Cities, will serve as the market's chief HR officer (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/3).
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