November 19, 2019

Around the nation: Meet the Air Zoom Pulse—Nike's new shoe for health care's 'everyday heroes'

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    Nike designed the shoe with insights from the medical providers at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon, in today's bite-sized hospital and health care industry news from Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Oregon.

    • Missouri: Fraternal twin sisters Lauren Kozelichki and Lisa Boyce both gave birth on Nov. 7 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis—and the same OB-GYN delivered all the infants. Boyce gave birth to her son Benjamin via cesarean section, and then, 10 hours later, Kozelichki gave birth to fraternal twins of her own, Vada and Cooper. "I don't think we realized it was even that big of a deal because we're so used to sharing everything," said Boyce. "We just thought, 'Oh this will be fun'" (Kindelan, "Good Morning America," ABC, 11/13).

    • Oregon: Nike on Dec. 7 will debut a laceless sneaker designed for health care providers, whom Nike dubs "everyday heroes." The sneaker, called the Air Zoom Pulse, is designed for "all hospital conditions" and fits like a "soft, snug hug," according to Nike. The shoe has traction to protect against spills on hard floors, is easy to put on and take off, and easily cleaned. Oregon-based Nike sought insight from medical providers at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon for the shoe's design (Kopp, Philly Voice, 11/15).

    • New York/Pennsylvania: Mylan announced that when it merges with Pfizer's drug business in 2020, the combined company would be named Viatris. The companies said more information on Viatris—including its executive management team, board of directors, logo, and headquarters location—will be announced later. The merger is expected to be finalized in 2020, according to Becker's Hospital Review (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/14).

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