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February 28, 2020

Around the nation: Philadelphia to get the nation's 1st supervised injection site

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     A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the nonprofit in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice that aimed to block the site's establishment, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington. 

    • Pennsylvania: The nonprofit group Safehouse on Wednesday said it plans to open the nations' first medically supervised injection site in South Philadelphia next week in light of a recent court ruling. A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the nonprofit in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that aimed to block the site's establishment. DOJ said it is working on appealing the ruling (Kamp, Wall Street Journal, 2/26).

    • Tennessee: TriStar Horizon Medical Center has named Jason Boyd as its new CEO, effective March 2. Boyd, currently serves as COO of TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, a position he's held for five years. In his new role, Boyd will oversee operations at TriStar Horizon Medical Center and the TriStar Natchez campus (Gadd, The Tennessean, 2/26).

    • Washington: Harold Storelee, 88, fell while mowing his grass last week, broke his hip, and was unable to get up for hours. Eventually, three middle school boys heard him calling out for help and asked a passerby to call 911. Later, at about 5 p.m., the three EMTs who responded to the 911 call and brought Storelee to the hospital returned to Storelee's residence to finish mowing the lawn and tidy up. "We knew he'd be down for a while," and "[w]e figured the least we could do was go back and help out," Alexander Trautman, one of the EMTs, said (Klein, Washington Post, 2/26).

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