November 26, 2018

Around the nation: California nurse who saved patients from wildfire gets free truck

Daily Briefing

    Allyn Pierce, an RN at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital who helped evacuate patients from the hospital in the midst of the Camp Fire, received a new truck from Toyota, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

    • California: Allyn Pierce, an RN at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital who helped evacuate patients from the hospital in the midst of the Camp Fire, received a new truck from Toyota. The company responded to an Instagram post Pierce made showing his damaged Toyota Tundra, which he used to evacuate patients. Toyota called Pierce a hero, saying, "Don't worry about your truck, we're honored to get you a new one!" (Koenig, NBC, "Today," 11/18).

    • Maryland: A University of Maryland student has died from adenovirus. The student, who was identified as Olivia Paregol, died Sunday in an intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. David McBride, head of the university's health center, in a statement said five other cases have been confirmed since the university learned of one "isolated case" of the virus on Nov. 1. The university said it is closely monitoring for new cases by testing students for the virus at the health center (Weil, Washington Post, 11/20).

    • Kansas: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) on Monday announced that the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University will receive an $800,288 grant to fund the Advanced Nurse Education Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. SANE nurses receive specialized training in medical forensic care for patients who have experienced sexual abuse. Currently, only one SANE nurse serves the area, so some adult patients have to travel to another state or country, to receive care. Tim Stebbins, a physician for the Via Christi Emergency Department, said he hopes the grant will allow SANE to expand. "We hope that being able to provide the service locally will serve in gathering evidence and maybe increase the amount of prosecutions and convictions," he said (White, Morning Sun, 11/19).

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