Iowa hospital reports patient data breach | Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier
UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, is reviewing a breach of patient information which occurred over about seven years. The hospital is notifying approximately 1,620 patients that a former employee inappropriately accessed their personal information in the hospital's EHR.
Zika virus leads to scarcity in blood supply | Indianapolis Star
Donations to some blood centers have declined precipitously after the federal government's recommendation that those who travel to areas where the Zika virus is active hold off on giving blood for a month after returning. At some post-spring-break blood drives, as many as 30 percent of donors were deferred because they had traveled to areas where Zika is being transmitted, said Andrea Fagan, Indiana Blood Center director of public relations.
Union contract approved at New York hospital, ending hiring freeze | Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times
Lewis County (N.Y.) General Hospital has approved a two-year contract with its more than 500 union workers that lifts a hospital-imposed hiring freeze and is expected to provide long-term health insurance savings.
Union decries staffing at two California hospitals | (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Press Democrat
The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents about 800 medical workers at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, has released a scathing report that accused the two Sonoma County facilities of poor patient care caused by inadequate staffing.
Hospital authority's actions killed Novant Health deal, says CEO | Savannah (Ga.) Morning News
Memorial Health President/CEO Maggie Gill on Tuesday said that a partnership agreement between the Georgia medical center and the North Carolina system Novant Health was doomed after the county's hospital authority repeatedly changed agreements intended to make the deal work.
Most of the 1,357 employees at St. Michael's Medical Center will keep their jobs, now that the sale of the hospital to for-profit healthcare chain Prime Healthcare Services has been finalized.