November 18, 2019

Around the nation: Fresno hospitals receive mass shooting victims

Daily Briefing

    Police said five victims are being treated at Community Regional Medical Center and one is being treated at Saint Agnes Medical Center, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and Rhode Island.

    • California: Two Fresno hospitals received patients who were injured in a mass shooting Sunday night when unknown suspects opened fire at a party at a home where about 45 people gathered to watch football, the Los Angeles Times reports. At least 10 people were shot, according to police. Three victims died at the scene, and a fourth died at the hospital. Police said five victims are being treated at Community Regional Medical Center and one is being treated at Saint Agnes Medical Center. According to hospital officials, two victims are in critical condition, three are in critical but stable condition, and another was grazed by a bullet (Magallon, ABC7, 11/18; Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 11/17).
    • Georgia: The residents of Covington are requesting a federal investigation of a medical sterilization plant that uses ethylene oxide after multiple residents in the area reported having cancer. Jane Bledsoe, a resident of the community, said "people all around" the neighborhood have cancer—and according to Becker's Hospital Review, testing conducted in September found higher-than-normal levels of ethylene oxide in the area. If the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry agrees to investigate, it will focus on the "cancer-clusters" in the neighborhoods near the plant. Plant representatives have repeatedly stated that the facility is safely operated, but when NBC's "11Alive" inquired further on Nov. 11, afor the plant declined to comment (Masson, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/14; Richards, "11Alive," NBC, 11/12).
    • Rhode Island: Care New England Health System named Matt Quin president and COO of Women & Infants Hospital. Quin, who has served as interim COO of the hospital since April, previously served as the hospital's SVP of patient services and chief nursing officer. Before working for Women & Infants Hospital, Quin worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the director of the surgical and burn trauma intensive care unit (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/14).
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