October 11, 2019

Around the nation: California bans pesticide linked to health defects in kids

Daily Briefing

    Beginning in early 2020, chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage and other health defects in children, will no longer be sold in California, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kentucky, and Virginia.

    • California: Beginning in early 2020, chlorpyrifos, a popular pesticide linked to brain damage and other health problems in children, will no longer be sold in California. Under an agreement between the state and the pesticide's manufacturer, Corteva Agriscience, sales of chlorpyrifos in California will end on Feb. 6, 2020, and agricultural growers will no longer be able to possess the pesticide after Dec. 31, 2020 (Gonzales, NPR, 10/9).

    • Kentucky: St. Elizabeth Healthcare on Tuesday received a record-breaking $5 million donation from doTERRA International, a provider of aromatherapy and essential oils. The donation will help support the construction of a new center for integrative oncology within the hospital's $140 million cancer center, set to open next year (Paavola, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 10/9).

    • Virginia: In 2013, the only hospital in Lee County, part of Ballad Health, closed down, but according to Ballad Health Chief Administrative Officer Marvin Eichorn, the hospital is set to reopen next fall. Ballad also opened a new urgent care center in the county on Wednesday that will offer X-ray and lab services (AP/WTOP, 10/10).
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