The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that at least 17 people have been sickened by an E. coli outbreak that's affected at least 96 people in five U.S. states, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, New York, and Texas.
- Georgia: The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that at least 17 people have been sickened by an E. coli outbreak that's currently affecting five U.S. states. CDC data show the outbreak has sickened at least 96 people so far. Public health officials have yet to determine the source of the outbreak (AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/10).
- New York: Fifteen nurses and physician assistants at NYU Winthrop Hospital are currently pregnant. The 15 staffers work in labor, delivery, and neonatal intensive care units, with due dates ranging from April through September (Vaidya, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 4/10).
- Texas: Peterson Health has named Cory Edmondson president and CEO, effective May 6. Edmondson is currently the VP of strategic development for Midland Health. He will succeed Pat Murray, who is retiring at the end of April (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/10).
From outbreaks to hurricanes: How can hospitals prepare for disasters?
Hospitals must be prepared for myriad disasters that can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital health care services.
Advisory Board has compiled step-by-step procedures for various threats your facility may encounter—though we hope you'll never need to use them.