The presents came from a toy drive the girl and her mom, an ED technician at the hospital, ran, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Hawaii, Illinois, and Maryland.
- Hawaii: HHS has awarded four Hawaiian health centers $1.2 million to expand access to oral health care services in the state. The money will go toward renovating existing facilities, installing dental and radiology equipment, training, consultation, and purchasing mobile dental units (Kukaua, Pacific Business News, 9/20).
- Illinois: For her ninth birthday, Allie Gutierrez decided to give over 200 gifts to pediatric patients at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital. The presents came from a toy drive that Gutierrez and her mother, an ED technician at the hospital, ran for about a month (Modern Healthcare, 9/21).
- Maryland: FDA on Friday approved the first oral tablet to control blood sugar among Type 2 diabetes patients. The drug, Rybelsus, is a glucagon-like peptide receptor that slows digestion, prevents the liver from overproducing sugar, and prompts the pancreas to produce more insulin when the patient needs it (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/23; FDA release, 9/20).