July 17, 2019

Around the nation: When the mother-of-the-bride was too ill to attend the wedding, this couple got married at the hospital's chapel

Daily Briefing

    Abby Poorman held her wedding at UH Cleveland Medical Center, where her mother is hospitalized, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Minnesota, Ohio, and Virginia.

    • Minnesota: The Mayo Clinic has added Saudi German Hospital Cairo, a 300-bed tertiary care hospital in Egypt, to its Mayo Clinic Care Network. As part of the network, the hospital will have access to Mayo Clinic's expertise on hundreds of medical conditions, and will be able to receive second opinions on patient cases from Mayo Clinic specialists (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/15).
    • Ohio: Abby Poorman's mother, Margy, told her doctors she wanted to see her daughter get married, but they were not sure she'd make it to the September wedding date. So, Abby and staff at UH Cleveland Medical Center worked quickly to arrange for a wedding in the hospital's chapel where her mother was able to attend. The ceremony at the hospital "meant a lot to our family," Abby said (McDonnell, The Chronicle-Telegram, 7/15).
    • Virginia: Mary Washington Healthcare has suspended all pending lawsuits against patients for unpaid medical bills through September, after research published last month in JAMA found 36% of Virginia hospitals garnished patients' wages in order to collect overdue medical bill payments in 2017. Eric Fletcher, Mary Washington's SVP, said the health system's decision does not mean medical debts are forgiven. However, the health system will not pursue unpaid bills in court while it reviews its billing and payment processes (Gooch, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 7/15).
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