May 18, 2018

Around the nation: Romaine lettuce scare effectively over, health officials say

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    CDC and FDA this week said the romaine lettuce linked to an outbreak of E. coli is no longer available for sale, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Tennessee, and Texas.

    • Arizona: CDC and FDA this week in separate tweets announced that contaminated lettuce linked to illness in 172 individuals in 32 states is no longer available for sale. Earlier this year, FDA tracked a virulent strain of E. coli found in romaine lettuce to Yuma, and health officials had warned consumers not to buy lettuce unless they were sure it was not from there. According to health officials, lettuce was last harvested from the region on April 16. Since the shelf life of lettuce is about three weeks, officials said, the lettuce that could be tied to the outbreak should no longer be for sale (Hoffman, New York Times, 5/17). 

    • Tennessee: HCA's TriStar Health on Monday announced it will invest $500 million over the next three years in expansions or upgrades at six facilities in Middle Tennessee. The largest expansion will be at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, where HCA will spend $242.9 million to build a four-story expansion of its patient tower, an eight-story parking garage, and renovate patient care floors (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/15; TriStar Health release, 5/14).

    • Texas: Tenet Healthcare on Wednesday announced that it will hire Paola Arbour as its new CIO and Marie Quintana as its new CMO. Arbour most recently served as the president of ServiceNow, the business unit of the software developer and managed services company ProV International. Quintana previously served as CEO of Quintana Group and as SVP of multicultural sales and marketing at PepsiCo (Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 5/16).

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