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February 23, 2018

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  • Imaging, Anesthesia & Housekeeping Suppliers Wanted
  • Manufacturer News

  • Anthem names Elizabeth Tallett as independent chairman of the board
  • Merck to acquire Viralytics for $394M
  • Tips for Greater Success

  • 6 Tips For Creating An Effective Success System
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • GE Healthcare, Navicent Health partner to improve care
  • Atrium Health cuts labor costs, affecting 90 positions
  • GPO News

  • Circassia receives Innovative Technology contract from Vizient
  • News of the Weird

  • Police called after T-Rex sighted walking with student
  • Man fakes illness to trick ambulance into giving him lift to hospital
  • Stock Watch

  • Health Stocks
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    Imaging, Anesthesia & Housekeeping Suppliers Wanted
    Providers on the OpenMarkets Exchange are currently submitting a heavy amount of requests in the following equipment categories: imaging, anesthesia, surgery (positioning aids), patient lifts, monitoring and housekeeping. With several new providers using The Exchange, transaction activity is at an all-time high. Suppliers joining OpenMarkets will have an immediate opportunity to get their products in front of these buyers and be connected with live sales and marketing opportunities. For more information contact OpenMarkets at info@openmarketshealth.com.
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    Manufacturer News
    Anthem names Elizabeth Tallett as independent chairman of the board
    Anthem Inc (Indianapolis, IN) announced that its board of directors elected Elizabeth E. Tallett to the role of chairman of the board, effective May 16, 2018. Tallett will succeed Joseph R. Swedish, who was chairman of the board since December 2015, and as previously announced, will retire from the board as of the annual shareholder meeting. With the election of Tallett as independent chairman, George A. Schaefer, Jr. will step down as lead director but remain a member of the board.
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    Merck to acquire Viralytics for $394M
    Merck & Co signed a deal to buy Viralytics (Sydney, Australia), a virus-based cancer drug firm, for approximately $394 million. Viralytics uses viruses to detect and kill cancer cells. Under the terms of the deal, Merck will pay $1.37 per share for the company.
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    Tips for Greater Success
    6 Tips For Creating An Effective Success System
    In this week’s Tips for Greater Success, Dan Nielsen, founder of AmericasHealthcareLeaders.com and NIHCL.com, writes, "Habit formation is a process, not a one-time event. Changing old habits or establishing new ones requires intentional focus and repetition over an extended period of time.
    "The truth is, every person is unique, as are the habits they form and goals they pursue. So while there are basic principles found within the habit process (i.e. the cue-routine-reward loop), there is really no one-size-fits-all system for establishing lasting, valuable habits and achieving your goals. However, there are definitely some general principles that can be helpful for..." (Click here to continue reading)
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    Hospital and IDN News
    GE Healthcare, Navicent Health partner to improve care
    GE Healthcare (Waukesha, WI) and Navicent Health (Macon, GA) have formed a partnership to “transform healthcare delivery and reduce the cost of care in central Georgia for the benefit of the local community.” Over the course of the next six years, the companies will work to make system-wide improvements that will cover every aspect of care delivery and generate up to $150 million in improvements for Navicent Health, according to a GE press release. Based on mutual goals, the collaboration will target clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. By working together, GE Healthcare and Navicent Health expect to drive change and reshape the future of the health system, creating a “One Navicent Health” continuum of care to deliver high quality, efficient, and relevant care.
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    Atrium Health cuts labor costs, affecting 90 positions
    Atrium Health (Charlotte, NC), formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, is cutting labor and nonlabor costs as a part of systemwide efforts to improve efficiency. The system said it began cutting labor costs in November 2017 to address areas that can operate more efficiently. The cuts so far have affected 90 employees — eight in clinical roles and 82 in nonclinical roles, according to the system. Officials said the goal is to do a majority of future cuts through attrition and streamlining vacant positions. It did not provide specifics as far as how many more employees could be affected.
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    GPO News
    Circassia receives Innovative Technology contract from Vizient
    Circassia Pharmaceuticals Inc (Morrisville, NC) received a multi-year Innovative Technology contract from Vizient Inc (Irving, TX) for its NIOX VERO asthma management products. Circassia’s NIOX VERO products are used to assist asthma diagnosis and management and are indicated in the U.S. for use in those age 7 and older.
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    News of the Weird
    Police called after T-Rex sighted walking with student
    Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose. But officers in East Lansdowne did not panic and took things in stride when they realized what was happening. They posted a video showing a person in a Tyrannosaurus rex costume "walking their kid to school" on Tuesday. Officers concluded their report: "No problem. Clear."
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    Man fakes illness to trick ambulance into giving him lift to hospital
    A man recently called North West Ambulance Service claiming he had reduced sensation in his legs and his mobility was poor. An ambulance was sent out and the man was taken to hospital - only to admit on arrival he had faked the whole thing to go and visit his friend. Shaun Gerrard, an EMT with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said, "We took him to hospital for him to then get up and walk off on arrival. He admitted he faked the whole lot just to get a lift to hospital to see his friend."
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    Stock Watch
    Health Stocks

    Quotes last updated at 2/22/2018 4:28:39 PM EST

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    BDXBECTON DICKINSON218.32-0.38Analyze
    BSXBOSTON SCIENTIFIC26.48-0.29Analyze
    BVXBOVIE MEDICAL CORP2.540.00Analyze
    BMYBRISTOL MYERS SQ65.94-0.59Analyze
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