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July 20, 2018

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  • New KG-only Pediatric Scales from Health o meter Professional Scales
  • Manufacturer News

  • Medtronic clinical trial to evaluate ECG Belt for optimizing heart failure therapy
  • Tips for Greater Success

  • Don't Forget About the Filter
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Methodist Healthcare System names new president
  • Banner Health CIO resigns
  • Michigan Medicine rolls out $10M air ambulance
  • GPO News

  • Vizient now accepting applications for the 2018 Innovation Challenge
  • News of the Weird

  • Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies
  • Michigan twins run for county seats as political opponents
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    New KG-only Pediatric Scales from Health o meter Professional Scales
    Health o meter Professional Scales announced new kilogram-only versions of its Pediatric scales: 549KG, 553KG and 524KG. Many healthcare providers believe that weight measurements in LB can lead to confusion, and these KG-only scales provide caregivers with kilograms measurements only. Since medications are typically dosed based on the patient’s weight, KG-only scales are ideal for facilities standardizing on metric measurements in pediatric environments. The newly released scales use Health o meter Professional’s experience and advanced technology to precisely measure patients in metric measurements and were released in response to the company’s commitment to meeting the needs of medical professionals. The 549KG, 553KG and 524KG are available for purchase through Health o meter Professional Scales authorized distributors, have a 2 year warranty, and are eligible for ScaleSurance, Health o meter Professional’s extended warranty program. Visit www.homscales.com to learn more.
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    Manufacturer News
    Medtronic clinical trial to evaluate ECG Belt for optimizing heart failure therapy
    Medtronic plc (Dublin, Ireland) announced first enrollments in a new clinical trial evaluating the ECG (electrocardiography) Belt Research System (ECG Belt) as a diagnostic tool for optimizing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients with heart failure. The first patient enrolled in the ECG Belt for CRT Response trial was at Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes (Des Moines, IA). The ECG Belt is investigational and not approved for sale in the US. ECG Belt for CRT Response is a prospective, randomized, interventional, investigational study that will initially enroll patients in 10 centers across the U.S. The trial will compare patients treated with CRT and ECG Belt diagnostics to patients treated with standard CRT. The study will expand to additional sites worldwide to ensure a total of 400 randomized patients.
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    Tips for Greater Success
    Don't Forget About the Filter
    In this week’s Tips for Greater Success, Dan Nielsen, founder of AmericasHealthcareLeaders.com and NIHCL.com, writes, "We all view the world through our own experiences and perspectives. Which means that we ourselves are viewed by others through their experiences and perspectives.
    Inspirational blogger Nanea Hoffman is attributed with penning these words of wisdom: “You can’t control how other people receive your energy.” Hoffman goes on to explain, “Anything you do or say gets filtered through the lens of whatever they are going through at the moment. Which is not about you. Just keep doing your thing with as much integrity and love as possible.”
    What we do and who we are gets filtered by every person around us and by their own experiences and perspectives in that moment. There’s always..." (click here to continue reading)
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Methodist Healthcare System names new president
    HCA Healthcare (Nashville, TN) announced Allen Harrison will become president of Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio (TX), a nine-hospital, 50-50 joint venture between Methodist Healthcare Ministries and HCA Healthcare. Harrison currently is CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital (San Antonio, TX). He is replacing Jaime Wesolowski, who is retiring. The transition is expected to occur within the next 60 days.
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    Banner Health CIO resigns
    Banner Health (Phoenix, AZ) SVP and CIO Ryan Smith has resigned, completing his five-year tenure July 19. Smith joined Banner in 2013 after a 20-year career at Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, UT), where he held numerous IT-related leadership positions. The system has initiated a search for a successor.
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    Michigan Medicine rolls out $10M air ambulance
    Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor, MI) recently introduced a new $10 million airplane for use in the health system's emergency air medical services. Michigan Medicine launched its air lift program, called Survival Flight, 35 years ago. The new Learjet 75 plane replaced a plane that had been used for 17 years. This jet includes wider door frames and a specialized interior, featuring multiple equipment mounts that makes monitoring patient vitals easier for flight nurses. Due to the size of the plane, multiple teams are also able to fit inside at once.
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    GPO News
    Vizient now accepting applications for the 2018 Innovation Challenge
    Vizient Inc (Irving, TX) is accepting applications from healthcare startup companies interested in competing in its sixth annual Innovation Challenge, which will take place October 3 as part of the 2018 Vizient Connections Summit to be held in Las Vegas. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. CDT on August 6, 2018. The Innovation Challenge is an interactive competition that offers a unique opportunity for health care startup companies with innovative and compelling solutions in the virtual/remote care and communication/care coordination domains. The companies should be revenue producing but still in the early growth stage. For more information, click here.
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    News of the Weird
    Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies
    A dog is home after police in a New Jersey town posted its mugshot on social media. Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He told local news he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her. Police posted a mugshot of Bean on Facebook with the caption: "This is what happens when you run away from home." It took a few hours before Bean's owners tracked her down. Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run. LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.
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    Michigan twins run for county seats as political opponents
    Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another. Monica Sparks is running as a Democrat for Kent County's 12th district seat while her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, hopes to represent the 13th district. Tyson's decision to run inspired her sister to launch her own campaign. The sisters say they don't clash on the issues but that they'll remain loyal to their parties and endorse each other's opponents. They told local news that their birth mother gave them up for adoption and their adopting family taught them to be civically engaged. When they were kids, and even now, the twins say their mother never allowed them to argue about politics. Tyson says that while growing up, they didn't know which parties their parents identified with.
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