Workers Accuse HCA Of Putting Profits Before Patients

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Meanwhile, news outlets are reporting the takeaways from JPMorgan’s healthcare conference that ended Thursday; Summa Health opens an $84 million behavioral health lodge, Jacksonville expands its accelerated nursing program, and more.

NBC News: Some workers at US hospital giant HCA say profits come before patient care

HCA is a healthcare juggernaut, employing 284,000 people in 182 hospitals and 125 surgery centers across the country and in the UK Operating in 20 US states, HCA generated nearly $7 billion in revenue in 2021, i.e. double the previous year, according to security deposits . In the first nine months of last year, he earned $4.2 billion. (Morgenson, Peel and McFadden, 1/12)

In other health industry news –

Axios: 3 takeaways from JP Morgan

A very soggy edition of the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, better known as JPM, wrapped up Thursday in San Francisco after filling downtown restaurants and filling hotel lobbies all week. San Francisco’s annual healthcare takeover is arguably the industry’s most influential gathering, offering investors the chance to take the pulse of the year ahead and healthcare officials humbly bragging about the number meetings they have organized. (Dreher, 1/13)

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: Summa Health Opens $84 Million Behavioral Health Pavilion to Support the Importance of Mental Health

When it became clear in recent years that Summa Health’s expanding behavioral health unit had outgrown its home inside the 1920s Summa St. Thomas Hospital, the health system had to make a choice. He could reduce the size of the unit or spread his programs over several buildings. Summa has instead chosen to support and recognize the importance of mental health. (Washington, 1/12)

WJCT: Jacksonville University Expands Accelerated Nursing Program with Mayo Clinic

Jacksonville University is expanding its Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program with the addition of a new clinical partner: Mayo Clinic. The accelerated program offers a pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in one year. JU said the program is working to meet the growing need for nurses in Florida and across the United States. The expansion will double the number of students in the program at JU’s Arlington campus. (Scanlan, 1/12)

Axios: Push for more home care options may come with risks

The pandemic-fueled boom in home care could replicate one of the most worrisome risks in institutional settings: central line bloodstream infections. Home infusion therapy – whether for cancer drugs, antibiotics or other treatments – is becoming a preferred option for more patients. (Reed, 1/12)

Stat: Regeneron’s George Yancopoulos admits regret, but ‘I don’t apologize’

George Yancopoulos does not apologize. Regeneron’s president and chief scientist was booed on stage and given a series of bad headlines last month, after he erupted at CNBC reporter Bertha Coombs for trying to ask him and other panelists at a Milken Institute summit, how the healthcare system would provide access “when” there was a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (Mast, 1/12)

Modern Healthcare: New MetroHealth CEO Airica Steed Targets Health Inequalities

MetroHealth’s new CEO, Airica Steed, is seeking to reduce health care disparities as the Cleveland-based nonprofit health system restructures after firing its former chief executive. (Kacik, 1/12)

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