- Alabama: The University of Alabama's Capstone College of Nursing is launching a new program, called the Bama-Latino Project, to recruit and train more Hispanic nurses in an effort to diversify the registered nurse workforce. The Bama-Latino Project, which is being funded by a $1.7 million grant, will offer scholarships to at least 20 Hispanic students each year over a four-year period to help them pay for a bachelor's degree in nursing. The first group of students will start school in the fall, according to the Associated Press (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/8).
- Minnesota: After nearly 50 years of operation, the Crisis Connection, a mental health hotline in the state, will close Friday, citing financial losses and an inability to pay counselors, the Associated Press reports. The hotline, which received about 50,000 calls last year, connected callers with counselors, EDs, first-responders, and psychiatrists. Matt Eastwood—CEO of Canvas Health, which operates Crisis Connection—said beginning Friday callers will reach a voicemail message. (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/8).
- South Carolina: Mary Black Health System in Spartanburg, S.C. has announced Sean Dardeau will be the health system's market CEO. Dardeau has served as CEO of Mary Black Health System-Spartanburg since 2014, during which time he has overseen several expansions, including a larger Family Birthing Center and new OB-GYN and cardiology practices. The Mary Black Health System includes Mary Black Health System-Spartanburg, Mary Black Health System-Gaffney, and Mary Black Physicians Group (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/7).
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