The scholarships will cover tuition costs for up to half of the school's medical students and provide many other students with partial financial support, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Iowa, Texas, and Washington.
- Iowa: The Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed that an Iowa resident contracted measles, marking the state's first reported case of the disease since 2011. The patient, who was not vaccinated against measles, contracted the disease during a trip to Israel. Iowa is now one of 20 states that have reported measles cases so far this year (Budryk, The Hill, 4/16).
- Texas: Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso last month opened a $63 million maternity ward. The new ward, named the Las Palmas Women's Center, has a 35-bed neonatal intensive care unit and 24 postpartum rooms. Don Karl, the medical center's CEO, said Las Palmas built the unit to keep up with a growing number of births at the center. The move comes as hospitals across the country are closing their labor and delivery units to cut costs (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/16).
- Washington: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says it will provide students with over $100 million in scholarships over the next decade. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition for up to half of the school's medical students and provide many other students with partial financial support. The 2019-2020 entering class will be the first to receive scholarships through the program (Sauerwein, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis press release, 4/16).
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