September 26, 2018

Around the nation: This baby needed splints in his airways—so doctors used a 3-D printer

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    Amir Long was born with two holes in his heart and flimsy airways, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Florida, and Georgia.

    • Colorado: Patients at Children's Hospital Colorado received a surprise last week when they saw superheroes rappelling down their building. Members of the Aurora Police Department's SWAT team dressed up as superheroes, such as Captain America and Spiderman, and rappelled down the side of the hospital as a surprise for the patients (Modern Healthcare, 9/22).

    • Florida: Tenet Healthcare has named Maggie Gill as CEO of Palm Beach Group, which manages five hospitals in Florida, and CEO of Delray Medical Center. Gill formerly served as CEO of Novant Health in Virginia and as president and CEO of Memorial Health in Georgia (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/24).

    • Georgia: Amir Long was born with two holes in his heart and flimsy airways, and at just two months old he stopped breathing. But doctors at Children's Hospital of Atlanta were able to use a 3-D printer to save the infant's life. The doctors printed small custom splints to repair Long's airways and patched the holes in his heart. Kevin Maher, a pediatric cardiologist, said, "The difference from the morning to the night was one of the most dramatic things I've seen in medicine." Now eight months old, Long is breathing easily and sleeping peacefully, according to WSB-TV (Wilson, WSB-TV, 9/24).

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