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December 3, 2019

Around the nation: Man uses Facebook to find the nurse who saved his life

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    Nurse Greg Collins performed CPR on Jerry Hollenkamp, who had lost consciousness in a turn lane, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Minnesota and Ohio.

    • Minnesota: St. Francis Regional Medical Center will spend $44 million to expand its ED and cancer center and to build a free-standing surgery center. The projects are scheduled to be completed by fall 2021, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. St. Francis officials said the demand for these services increased due to population growth in Minneapolis and St. Paul (Snowbeck, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/29).
    • Minnesota: Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare (UHC) plans to open 14 Medicare services centers in Walgreens stores in Cleveland, Denver, Las Vegas, Memphis, and Phoenix in January 2020. (The Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth Group separately owns UHC.) At the service centers, UHC Medicare Advantage members can learn about Medicare, enroll in health plans, and discuss their plan benefits. Members can schedule an appointment for an in-store annual wellness visit at the service center through UHC's HouseCalls program (Morse, Healthcare Finance News, 11/27).
    • Ohio: When Jerry Hollenkamp's heart stopped beating while he was behind the wheel of a car, a nearby nurse, Greg Collins, came to the rescue. Upon seeing Hollenkamp go limp in his car, Collins sprang to action and performed CPR, ABC 13 reports. According to doctors, Hollenkamp had gone into cardiac arrest and the Collins' swift action saved Hollenkamp's life. However, since Hollenkamp was unconscious during the incident, he didn't initially know who had saved him. So, he used Facebook to find and ultimately reconnect with Collins. "I'm glad you had the stop," Hollenkamp said when he met Collins. "A lot of people wouldn't" (ABC 13, 12/1).

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