April 30, 2019

Around the nation: Thieves steal $450K worth of colonoscopes from Pennsylvania hospital

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    Lower Merion Police Detective Sergeant Michael Vice said the case "is the first time we have encountered this type of theft," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

    • Connecticut: Norwalk Hospital has received a $15 million gift from its on-call, volunteer chaplain, Carol Bauer, and her husband, George. Bauer started volunteering at the hospital's maternity and pediatric units nearly 40 years ago after her first child died. Over the years, Bauer and her husband have donated gifts to the hospital that have helped establish an emergency care center, a NICU, and a nursing scholarship. The hospital will use the most recent gift to build a seven-floor pavilion (Ryser, News Times, 4/29).

    • Illinois/Wisconsin: At least 37 patients, including 11 firefighters and three police officers, were transported to various hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin following an ammonia spill in Beach Park, Illinois. Seven of the patients were in critical condition as of April 25. Investigators said the spill may have occurred after a pair of two-ton tanks filled with anhydrous ammonia started to leak (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/26).

    • Pennsylvania: Three people broke into Lankenau Medical Center on Saturday and stole $450,000 worth of colonoscopes, according to the Lower Merion Police Department. According to surveillance video of the suspects, the two men and one woman pried open two doors at the medical center to steal the colonoscopes. Lower Merion Police Detective Sergeant Michael Vice said, "This is the first time we have encountered this type of theft." Police are still searching for the suspects (Chang/Jones, NBC News, 4/24).

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