February 20, 2020

The nurse, Lissa McGowan, said, "We have so many babies who cross our paths, and we have had many who say they had a relative here, but it's never hit so close to home where it is father and son, not for me," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

  • District of Columbia: Sanofi Pasteur on Monday announced that it will work with HHS to help develop a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19. David Loew, global head of vaccines for Sanofi, said the company's work developing a vaccine for the coronavirus SARS will give Sanofi a head start on developing the COVID-19 vaccine (Branswell, STAT News, 2/18).

  • Minnesota: The University of Minnesota has launched the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium, a fleet of SUVs equipped with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines. The machines can help resuscitate heart attack patients by pumping blood and breathing for patients who can't breathe on their own (Miller, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2/18).

  • New Jersey: On Jan. 30, Zayne Caldwell was born 10 weeks early to David Caldwell and his fiancée Renata Freydin at Saint Peters University Hospital—the same hospital where David Caldwell was born six weeks early in 1986. As Caldwell looked through baby photos from when he was born, he noticed a photo of his mother's favorite nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit holding him. Caldwell recognized the woman, Lissa McGowan, as the same nurse who had been taking care of his son Zayne. "It's funny," McGowan said. "We have so many babies who cross our paths, and we have had many who say they had a relative here, but it's never hit so close to home where it is father and son, not for me" (Kindelan, "Good Morning America," ABC, 2/18; Makin, Courier News and Home New Tribune/USA Today, 2/18).

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