The number of newborns in Colorado who are born with an opioid dependency rose by 83% from 2010 to 2015, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Missouri, and Ohio.
- Colorado: The number of infants in Colorado who are born with an opioid dependency rose by 83% from 2010 to 2015, according to the state Health Department. State officials said the overall number of newborns with opioid dependencies increased from two newborns per every 1,000 in 2010 to 3.6 newborns per every 1,000 in 2015 (AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/30).
- Missouri: Saint Luke's North Hospital has named Adele Ducharme as permanent CEO. Ducharme, who has been serving as the interim CEO since May, has previously served as CEO and CNO of Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital in Kansas (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/30).
- Ohio: Ohio State University has announced plans to build a $2 billion, 840-bed hospital tower and ambulatory center at the school's Wexner Medical Center. University officials said the tower, which will replace University Hospital, will be completed by 2025, while the ambulatory surgical center is slated for completion in three years (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/30).
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