December 13, 2019

Around the nation: Nurses save doctor who had a heart attack at gym

Daily Briefing

    When Joe Blonski went into cardiac arrest at the gym, some nearby nurses jumped into action, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Minnesota.

    • California: Kaiser Permanente on Thursday announced that it will expand its Resilience in School Environments (RISE) project, which aims to provide schools around the country with resources to help students and staff cope with trauma and stress. Kaiser said it plans to reach at least 25,000 schools by 2023 (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 12/12).
    • Florida: Baptist Health South Florida has named Lourdes Boue as CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Boue previously served as VP of operations for West Kendall and has worked at Baptist Health for 15 years. She succeeds Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, who left to become CEO of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute (Bandell, South Florida Business Journal, 12/10).
    • Minnesota: Joe Blonski, a physician, was working out at the YMCA when he went into cardiac arrest—and "as fate would have it some RNs also happened to be [there] and ran to his side," WCCO reports. The RNs, Kari Dembouski and Rachel Appel, were part of a group that sprang into action to perform CPR, according to WCCO. When CPR didn't work, rescuers began using an automated external defibrillator, which revived Blonski. Doctors later discovered Blonski had a 95% blockage in one of his main arteries, a condition known as the "widowmaker" for its high fatality rate (Lauritsen, WCCO, 12/11).

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