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May 19, 2017

Around the nation: Man reunites with the nurses who saved his life

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  • California: The number of babies born affected by drugs has nearly doubled over the past seven years—a growth linked directly to the opioid epidemic, the Sacramento Bee reports. Kristin Hoffman, a neonatologist with the UC Davis Children's Hospital, said, "It's not the mom you expect anymore. ... We see moms in all socioeconomic classes," including those taking legally prescribed opiates for chronic conditions. In fact, Sutter Medical Center's Angela Vickers said over the last decade, about half of drug-dependent infants treated at the hospital are born to women who are in middle- or upper-class families, working full-time, and who have received prenatal care  (Buck, Sacramento Bee, 5/18).

  • Iowa: Community Memorial Hospital has tapped Steve Slessor to serve as interim CEO for the next six months. Currently, Slessor serves as the CEO of Buchanan County Health Center, and he will maintain that role there while taking on his additional responsibilities at Community Memorial. He succeeds Dustin Wright, who left the position to serve as president and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/17).

  • Michigan: A man who was resuscitated after his heart stopped in January was able to meet the three Mercy Health nurses who saved his life face-to-face in a special reunion held at the hospital. The man, Michael Thayler, experienced a sudden cardiac death while at a Run Muskegon meeting—luckily, though, he collapsed just a few blocks away from three off-duty nurses who were having drinks at a nearby restaurant. The nurses saw Thayler fall, ran to him and performed CPR while telling runners from the group to grab an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  According to doctors, the shock from the AED saved Thayler's life (Carter, Fox17Online, 5/17).

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