July 24, 2019

Around the nation: Nurse dives into river to save drowning driver

Daily Briefing

    "I didn't have the option of waiting for 911 because with the response time, the car would have been underwater," nurse Andrew Lunn said, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    • Maryland: When Andrew Lunn, a nurse at Anchorage Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility, saw a driver accidentally back into the Wicomico River, he sprang into action. Lunn dove into the river with a life preserver and pulled the driver out through his car window to safety. "I didn't have the option of waiting for 911 because with the response time, the car would have been underwater," Lunn said. "I had to assess the situation to figure out the best way that both of us could have made it out of there alive" (Modern Healthcare, 7/20).
    • West Virginia: Broaddus Hospital has launched a telehealth program that will allow diabetes patients to teleconference with a dietitian or a certified diabetes instructor. The hospital is collaborating with Davis Medical Center on the project, which allows providers at Broaddus to refer patients to any of Davis Medical's diabetes specialists (Drees, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/19).
    • Wisconsin: Eleven rural hospitals in Wisconsin have stopped delivering babies within the last decade, though the statewide average number of hospitals providing OB-GYN services remains above the national average of 40%, according to a report from the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. According to the report, hospitals in less populated areas have stopped offering the services in response to declining demand. For instance, Gordy Lewis, CEO of Burnett Medical Center, which stopped delivering babies last year, said his hospital largely serves an older population. "[W]hen we looked at the potential number of births, it was getting smaller," Lewis said" (Mills, WPR, 7/18).
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