February 28, 2019

Around the nation: How this Gillette Children’s custodian became a nurse

Daily Briefing

    Hakeem Abdulwahab worked the nightshift at Gillette Children's Hospital as a custodian and at a McDonald's drive-through during the day before pursuing a nursing degree, in today's bit-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

    • Florida: Flagler Hospital just announced that it will launch a new telehealth initiative as part of its rebranding to Flagler Health+. The new initiative will allow patients to access virtual urgent care visits through the hospital's mobile app. The hospital also will launch "health villages" at local YMCAs where patients can access pediatrics, urgent care, obstetrics, laboratory, and primary care services (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/26).
    • Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Harm Reduction Commission on Tuesday recommended the state Legislature approve "safe consumption sites" for individuals who misuse drugs. The commission in a report called for one or more pilot sites where people who misuse illegal drugs can safely do so around trained staff in case of an overdose. The report also says that the sites should be subject to "rigorous evaluation and data gathering" to measure their effectiveness. The final report will reach the state Legislature and be posted on the commission's website on Friday (Freyer, Boston Globe, 2/26).
    • Minnesota: When Hakeem Abdulwahab moved to the United States from Ethiopia 15 years ago, he got a job at McDonalds and eventually was encouraged to get a job in Gillette Children's Hospital's housekeeping department. Abdulwahab worked the nightshift as a hospital custodian for several years, and then co-workers encouraged him to pursue a degree in nursing. Now, Abdulwahab works at Gillette as a nurse. "Sometimes you need to believe in yourself," he said. "That is the first key for your success" (Pescovitz, Fox 9, 2/22).

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