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At Ohio Hospital, Health Leads Program Helps Patients Meet Basic Needs

The program is new to Cleveland's University Hospital but already operational in five other states. Meanwhile, in other hospital news, ProPublica examines the link between industry funding and teaching hospitals, and operating rooms were shut down in an Arkansas hospital after a deadly disease was detected.

ProPublica: ProPublica Adds Teaching Hospitals To Dollars For Docs
The largesse of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry extends well beyond physicians who are paid to deliver promotional talks and consult on their behalf. Teaching hospitals, which train future generations of doctors, also receive hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the companies. And that doesn’t include research funding. (Ornstein, 3/17)

KNWA: Operating Rooms Shut Down After Deadly Disease Found In AR Hospital
A patient at an Arkansas hospital diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prompted all operating rooms to be closed. Washington Regional Hospital representatives said as soon as they got the lab reports Tuesday afternoon, they immediately shut down all operating rooms. The hospital is working with the World Health Organization and the Arkansas Department of health to identify and advise those patients who received care at Washington Regional during the relevant period whether they may be at risk. (3/17)

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