October 29, 2019

Around the Nation: NewYork Presbyterian launches mental health program for NYPD

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    The Finest Care program will provide members of the New York City Police Department with free mental health services like outpatient therapy, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, New York, and West Virginia.

    • Florida: The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville reported a case of Legionnaires' disease, according to the Florida Department of Health. Mayo Clinic said it is "following CDC recommendations pending the outcome of further water testing. … All measures are precautionary at this time as we have not identified an immediate risk to patients, staff, or visitors." Sixteen cases of the disease have been reported in Duval County this year (Masson, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 10/25).

    • New York: NewYork-Presbyterian will offer members of the New York City Police Department mental health and counseling services, such as outpatient therapy and medication, at no cost through its Finest Care program. The NYPD has earmarked $1.2 million in funding for the program, and the Police Foundation contributed an initial $150,000. Participating medical centers include the NewYork-Presbyterian's Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Westchester Division (Bean, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 10/24).

    • West Virginia: Roane General Hospital, a rural hospital in Roane County, announced a $22 million expansion to create a walk-in clinic and double the size of the hospital's ED. The expansion will also include a fitness center, which will be the only large-scale fitness center in the county (Knisely, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 10/26).

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