The two-year pilot, which also will be supported by federal Medicaid funds, is intended to demonstrate that providing housing can lead to reduced overall health spending, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maryland, and Michigan.
- California: Authorities on Monday said they may have discovered a deadly poison, Sarin, at a Facebook mailing facility in Menlo Park. Facebook said it evacuated four buildings after the substance was discovered, and the local fire department closed off the facility. So far, the two workers who were exposed to the substance "show zero symptoms," Menlo Park Fire District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. Facebook said it currently is "conducting a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities" (Graham, USA Today, 7/1).
- Maryland: A group of 10 Baltimore-area hospitals—including University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and several MedStar Health hospitals—announced on Tuesday that they would contribute $2 million to provide housing and support services to up to 400 homeless individuals. The two-year pilot, which also will be supported by federal Medicaid funds, is intended to demonstrate that providing housing can lead to reduced overall health spending. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said, "Baltimore is committed to ending homelessness and not just managing it," adding, "And the best way to end homelessness is through access to affordable housing" (Associated Press, 7/2; Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 7/2).
- Michigan: Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine just signed a 25-year affiliation agreement with Covenant HealthCare. The partnership will allow CMU students to do their clinical rotations at Covenant hospitals and affiliated physicians' offices, according to CMU Medical School Dean George Kikano. Kikano added that the contract will allow for more clinical research opportunities on health issues that are prominent in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Greene, Modern Healthcare, 7/1).