December 20, 2019

Around the nation: University Hospitals worker donates kidney to patient in need

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    Erika Hosey, a cardiovascular technician at University Hospitals, earlier this month donated a kidney to Denise Butvin—a decision Hosey made within 10 minutes of meeting Butvin, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Ohio.

    • Massachusetts: Partners Healthcare plans to invest $400 million in opening four outpatient surgery centers in Boston suburbs. Partners expects the clinics to open in 2022 and provide surgical services as well as primary care, specialty care, and mental health care, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Partners intends to hire 700 people to staff the new facilities (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/19).
    • Minnesota: Renville County Hospital and Clinics (RCHC), a 16-bed critical access hospital with three outpatient clinics, is planning to merge with insurer HealthPartners, which runs seven hospitals and dozens of clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Nathan Blad, CEO of RCHC, in a statement said, "Affiliating with HealthPartners provides RCHC access to the scale, service, and expertise necessary to provide our region with expanded health care services of the highest quality, while also ensuring the long-term viability of local health care services" (Snowbeck, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/19).
    • Ohio: Erika Hosey, a cardiovascular technician at University Hospitals (UH), earlier this month donated a kidney to one of her patients. Hosey met the patient, Denise Butvin, during a stress test at UH Ahuja Medical Center. Butvin had been waiting for a kidney transplant for five years, and within 10 minutes of meeting Butvin, Hosey decided she would try to donate a kidney to her, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control reports. It was confirmed that the two women were a match, and the procedure was scheduled for Dec. 11 at UH Cleveland Medical Center. According to Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, the women are recovering well from the operation (Bean, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 12/19).

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