June 1, 2018

Around the nation: On his way to work, nurse rescues driver from utility-pole crash

Daily Briefing

    Andy Goralski, a nurse at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center's ICU, used a knife to cut the driver free from the seat belt and provided emergency care, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

    • Pennsylvania: Fulton County Medical Center has named Michael Makosky CEO. Makosky, who previously served as interim CEO of Williamson Memorial Hospital in West Virginia, succeeds Jason Hawkins, who left the organization in October 2017. Makosky will assume his new role before July 1 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/30).

    • Michigan: The Michigan state legislature on Wednesday sent a bill to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) that would repeal the state's Health Insurance Claims Assessment, which funds the state's share of its Medicaid program via a tax on most paid health insurance claims. The bill creates an Insurance Provider Assessment that taxes HMOs at a higher rate than private insurers to ease private health insurance taxes (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/30).

    • Wisconsin: Andy Goralski, a nurse at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center's ICU, witnessed a car crash into a utility pole on his way to work and immediately stopped to help the driver. Goralski used a knife to cut the driver free from the seat belt and provided emergency care. According to the family of the driver, the driver is alive and sedated at Froedtert Hospital (Elliott, WISN, 5/30).

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