Baptist Health South Florida, one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County, announced a voluntary separation program for certain eligible workers on Thursday in a bid to strengthen the hospital system for the future of healthcare reform, an executive said.
Hospitals upgrade security after fatal shootings at Parrish | Florida Today
Parrish Medical Center is considering a series of "security enhancements" at its Titusville, Fla., hospital—including metal detectors and "enhanced protective equipment" for its currently unarmed security officers. The re-evaluation of security procedures at Parrish comes after two people were fatally shot in a third-floor hospital room there on Sunday.
As U.S. public health officials try to determine whether Zika has arrived in the country, doctors are establishing guidelines on how to care for the rising number of babies whose mothers were infected with the virus during pregnancy.
Theranos hires compliance, quality chiefs in effort to reform | Bloomberg.com
Embattled blood-testing startup Theranos Inc. hired two executives to oversee regulatory, quality and compliance standards as the company seeks to reform itself after receiving heavy sanctions from U.S. regulators.
Philly hospitals gird for DNC protests, terror, heat | Philly.com
Philadelphia's hospitals say they're ready to handle whatever calamity the Democratic National Convention may throw at them next week. Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit, and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have tested the city's health systems and proven their mettle, officials said.
Kentucky governor's Medicaid plan protested before hearing | (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal
A dozen people—including a Roman Catholic priest, a nun, a physician, a farmer and others telling their stories about health coverage—gathered in Frankfort, Ky., this week to protest Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed changes to the federal-state health plan.
Colorado town tells residents water is contaminated with THC | National Public Radio
The tap water in a small Colorado town has been contaminated with THC, the mind-altering ingredient of marijuana, local authorities have told residents. Hugo, Colo.—about 100 miles from Denver, in Lincoln County—warned residents not to drink, cook with or bathe in the local water supply.