May 23, 2018

Around the nation: Decades after being forced out of Georgetown, Luci Baines Johnson receives honorary nursing degree

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    Luci Baines Johnson—daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson—on Saturday received an honorary nursing degree from Georgetown University, where she delivered the nursing school's commencement address, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

    • Indiana: Parkview Health on Monday announced plans to build a 72-bed medical tower at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. The six-story tower will be 168,000 square feet (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/21).

    • Kentucky: Health officials in Kentucky are planning to host a Facebook Live event on June 4 to focus on awareness of and protection against ticks. Jeffrey Howard Jr., acting public health commissioner, said that spring and early summer are peak times for tick bites and that people should wear tick repellant and check for ticks after being outdoors (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/21).

    • Washington, D.C.: Luci Baines Johnson—daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson—received an honorary nursing degree from Georgetown University on Saturday, where she delivered the nursing school's commencement address. Johnson left the university in 1965 to marry. At the time, the nursing school had a policy against accepting married students, which the Washington Post reports was not uncommon. Georgetown in 1967 changed its policy to allow married nursing students (Shapiro, NPR, 5/21; Contrera, Washington Post, 5/20).

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