May 7, 2019

Around the nation: Her dying wish was to see 'Game of Thrones'—and she got more than she bargained for

Daily Briefing

    Caregivers at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center not only helped Claire Walton, an 88-year-old patient, get her final wish—to see last week's pivotal episode of "Game of Thrones"—but also arranged for a video greeting from 10 of the show's actors, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

    • Illinois: Jo Coleman is a part-time nurse at the William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center who has 72 years of experience. The 93-year-old nurse graduated from Alton Memorial Hospital's school of nursing in 1947 and worked as a nurse until 2001 when she retired from her full-time position. Today, Coleman works part-time handing out medications to patients (Bean, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 5/3).

    • New Jersey: Mount Sinai Health System and Holy Name Medical Center have agreed to form an interstate affiliation that will focus on coordinating oncology and cardiology services. Under the affiliation agreement, the hospitals also will work on genetic research, physician development and recruitment, and possible graduate medical education (Henderson, Crain's New York Business, 5/3)

    • Rhode Island: Caregivers at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center helped Claire Walton, an 88-year-old patient, get her final wish—to see the April 28 episode of "Game of Thrones" in which the main characters battle the Night King. Walton also received video greeting from 10 of the show's actors. Walton died the following day (Modern Healthcare, 5/4).

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