September 21, 2018

Around the nation: California hospital lets child patients 'drive' to their own surgeries

Daily Briefing

    Doctors Medical Center in Modesto lets their child patients drive to their surgeries in toy cars, which the hospital says helps alleviate stress, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and Maryland.

    • Arizona: Bill Franke, chair of Frontier Airlines, and his wife Carolyn are donating $25 million to Mayo Clinic's new medical school in Scottsdale. The donation will support scholarships and operations for the new school (Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal, 9/19).
    • California: Doctors Medical Center in Modesto lets their child patients drive to their surgeries in toy cars, which the hospital says helps alleviate stress. According to Krista Deans, a spokesperson for the hospital, "When they find out they can go into the [OR] riding in a cool little car, they light up and, in most cases, their fears melt away" (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/18).
    • Maryland: Lawrence Scanlan has been elected board chair of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH). Scanlan is president of Scanlan & Associates, a consulting and executive coaching firm. His appointment follows the retirement of Roger Schneider, who served as chair for 26 years (Aegis/Baltimore Sun, 9/19).

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