The newborns wore the sweaters to the hospital's holiday party, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
- Colorado: UCHealth's Medical Center and Poudre Valle Hospital are the first hospitals in Colorado to use an electronic scanning system for newborn footprints. The hospitals are part of the UCHealth system, which announced its partnership with CertaScan Technologies this week. The footprints will be stored in a database and used to identify babies in emergency situations, like natural disasters, according to Hall (Reid, The Tribune, 12/17).
- Pennsylvania: Nurses from Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh hand-knit sweaters for the hospital's newborns to wear. The newborns wore the sweaters to the hospital's ugly Christmas sweater holiday party Monday, which the nurses organized (Li, WSLS, 12/18).
- Rhode Island: Boston-based health system Partners HealthCare filed for approval from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island attorney general's office to acquire Care New England. Under the merger, Care New England would become part of Brigham Health, which Partners owns (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/18).
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