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February 7, 2022

Around the nation: American Cancer Society and Sleep Number partner on sleep research for cancer patients

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    The American Cancer Society and Sleep Number have partnered to create the first sleep guidelines for cancer patients, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

    • Georgia/Minnesota: The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Sleep Number Corp. on Wednesday announced that they would conduct sleep research together to create the first sleep guideline for cancer patients. Throughout the next six years, researchers from ACS will work to identify the impact of quality sleep on cancer prevention and recovery by pairing ongoing cancer prevention studies with over 13 billion hours of sleep data from Sleep Number. "Sleep quality is a documented problem for cancer patients and longer term in cancer survivors, and the ability to formally study sleep's impact on cancer has been limited," said Karen Knudsen, ACS' CEO. "We plan to close that gap. Through our partnership with Sleep Number, the ACS research team will more precisely measure the impact of sleep quality, with the potential of developing evidence-based sleep guidelines.  As such, this research endeavor is fully aligned to our mission to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families." (Gleeson, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/3)
    • New Jersey: Atlantic Health System on Wednesday appointed Eric Steinberger as its new chief marketing officer. Prior to Atlantic Health, Steinberger served as the chief marketing officer for Bed, Bath and Beyond, where he oversaw the retail chain's marketing, creative branding, public relations, and digital media content. As Atlantic's chief marketing officer, Steinberger will develop and implement a strategic marketing plan to boost the health system's brand and make connection with the system more accessible for the 4.9 million people they serve. "Health care is in the middle of an incredibly challenging and transformative time, but with that comes new opportunities to redefine the ways patients, as consumers of health care, learn about and engage with care providers," Steinberger said. (Gonzalez, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/3)
    • New Jersey: Hackensack Meridian Health on Thursday announced the launch of a new "hospital-at-home" program at the JFK University Medical Center. While the program is being funded by a Medicare waiver, it may become eligible to scale up to a larger population if the pilot is successful. Medicare patients will be able to access acute care from their homes, with services including twice-daily nursing visits, remote patient monitoring, and prescription drug delivery via infusions. "Health care continues to expand beyond the walls of the hospital, and this new program will help us advance strategies to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction while making care more affordable,'' said Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. (Gonzalez, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/3)

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