Katie Michael, a nurse at Pinnacle Health in Pennsylvania, delivered her own baby in her car right outside the hospital where she works, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
- Minnesota: Mayo Clinic has named Dennis Dahlen as CFO. Dahlen comes to the Clinic from Banner Health where he served as SVP of finance and CFO. He will be succeeding Kedrick Adkins, who is retiring (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/2).
- Oklahoma: Lawmakers in Oklahoma have sent to Gov. Mary Fallin (R) a bill that would appropriate $23.3 million from the state's constitutional Rainy Day Reserve Fund to the state's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS). However, Jeff Dismukes, a spokesperson for Oklahoma's MHSAS, said the department requires an additional $52 million to avoid substantial service cuts (AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/2).
- Pennsylvania: Katie Michael, a nurse at Pinnacle Health, on Oct. 27 delivered her own baby in her car right outside the hospital where she works. Michael said her water broke during evening rush hour, and she knew the infant would likely be born on the way to the hospital. The baby, Ella, is happy and healthy, and Michael—who has worked in various specialties as a nurse—said thanks to the experience, she can now add "Labor and Delivery" care to her nursing resume (AP/The Morning Call, 11/2; Tribune Media Wire/WHNT, 11/2).
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