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Health Management Associates, Inc. Executes Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tennessee Hospitals of Mercy Health ...
Health Management Associates, Inc. today announced that a subsidiary of Health Management has executed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners, which is a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners, Inc.

Strength Emerging in the Health-Care Sector
The health-care sector rally looks poised to continue.

Health Insurance Doesn't Always Protect People From Medical Debt
A new study confirms that having health insurance coverage is no guarantee against accumulating medical debt for working-age adults.

Health Mgmt paying $525M for 7 Tenn. hospitals
Health Management Associates Inc. said Friday it plans to pay $525 million to acquire seven hospitals in and around Knoxville, Tenn.

U-M Hospitals & Health Centers CEO Becomes Chair of Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Contact: Kara Gavin, [email protected], +1-734-764-2220

Loyola University finalizes sale to Trinity Health
Loyola University Chicago said this morning it finalized the sale of Loyola University Health System to Michigan-based Trinity Health, ending the school's decades-old ownership and operation of the medical center.

Trinity Health and Loyola University Health System Consolidate
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and Trinity Health, based in Novi, Mich., have announced that Loyola University Health System (LUHS), located in Maywood, Ill., has become a part of Trinity Health, effective today. LUHS was formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of the University.

Health Highlights: July 1, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Lather Kids With Sunscreen
(HealthDay News) -- Kids love to play outside during the hot summer months, so parents must not forget to protect them from sunburn.

Health Management Associates to Acquire Hospital Assets
Health Management Associates (HMA) said today it has agreed to acquire the assets of Mercy Health

Health Management Receives Mercy
Health Management Associates said today it has agreed to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners, a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.

Victor Waddell, Ph.D., Elected President of Association of Public Health Laboratories
Contact: Jody DeVoll, Director of Strategic Communications, +1-240-485-2753, [email protected]

Novi's Trinity Health buys Loyola health system in Chicago
Novi-based Trinity Health today announced it has completed the acquisition of the Loyola University Health System from Loyola University Chicago, giving it its first entry into the Chicago market. The deal is valued at more than $1 billion in total.

Health Insurance Brokers Win A Round
A task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted Thursday to endorse legislation that would effectively spare their commissions from being counted as administrative costs.

Health happenings: July 5
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Health happenings
Looking for a certain support group or workshop? Check out our local roundup of everything from health screenings to child car-seats.

Save on Group Health Without Reducing Benefits
Corrin Trowbridge, of the family owned Trowbridge Insurance Agency, provides information on reducing group health costs without reducing benefits.Pacific, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 01, 2011 Health Insurance is on a lot of people’s minds these days—especially for companies providing group health coverage for their employees. They are seeing their premiums increase by double digits annually, and the ...

Harborside Health Center Wins High Times 2nd Annual Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco
Harborside Health Center wins the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup for Best Indica for its Delta 559 Bogglegum strain.Oakland, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 01, 2011 Harborside Health Center, the nation’s foremost model medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Oakland and San Jose, won 1st Place in the Indica category at the 2nd Annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, held in San Francisco June ...

Health Tip: Practice Safe Grilling
(HealthDay News) -- Harmful bacteria multiply faster during warmer weather, making food-borne illness even more of a threat during the summer grilling season.

Without state services, health care providers make do
The Fairview health system typically hires about 20 people per week into jobs that deal directly with patients.

Without state services, health care providers make do
The Fairview health system typically hires about 20 people per week into jobs that deal directly with patients.

Trowbridge Insurance of Pacifica Announces Ways to Save on Group Health policies
Trowbridge Insurance announces the recent quantification of savings for several current Group Health customers.Pacifica, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) July 02, 2011 Trowbridge Insurance, located in Pacifica but serving clients across California, is announcing the recent quantification of savings for several current Group Health customers. Savings have ranged from 17 to 38 percent, with no need to change ...

UNT Health's Certified Nurse Midwife Group Adds Dr. Jennifer Hinkle, MD, Adding Many Primary Care Service Options
UNT Health's Certified Nurse Midwife group, the leading nurse-midwife group in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer Hinkle, MD. Through this addition, the group now offers many primary care services in addition to their nurse midwife services.Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) July 02, 2011 UNT Health's Certified Nurse Midwife group, the leading nurse-midwife ...

Health And Safety Laws 'Robbing Kids Of Fun'
"Daft" health and safety decisions risk harming children's education because bureaucrats fear being sued, the head of a watchdog has said.

Health Care For All Seasons
THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER v. OBAMA, Cite as 108 AFTR 2d 2011-XXXXThis is barely on topic for me, but I posted on the original case back in October.  Mainly I can't resist the title.  Things didn't work out so well for Thomas More when he took on Henry VIII, so we wonder if he'll keep his head as he takes on another head of state. Several individuals with the support of the Center are challenging ...

Illinois Children's Health Insurance Reform Goes into Effect as 4,000 Lose Coverage
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday that the state's All Kids Health Insurance program's new reform is going into effect. The All Kids children health insurance now applies to families with an income of more than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Chavez health scare leaves dependent Cuba on edge
A health scare for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who underwent surgery for cancer in Cuba, has generated deep concern in the Americas' lone communist country which depends politically and economically on him.

Optum takes over Salt Lake County mental health programs
Optum takes over Salt Lake County mental health programs By heather may The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jul 2, 2011 11:25PM MDT On Friday, Salt Lake County’s mental health system embarked on a major overhaul. After winning a competitive bid, OptumHealth took over administration of the county’s $50 million mental health programs for the next three years from longtime manager Valley Mental Health ...

Wisconsin public health advocates: Disease prevention grants harder to get
Public health advocates in Madison are criticizing the state's refusal to support applications for nearly $28 million in federal grants to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Innovative public health program faces the ax
The state program, created in 2008, tackles smoking and obesity at the community level.

Innovative public health program faces the ax
The state program, created in 2008, tackles smoking and obesity at the community level.

Uninsured kids may lead to health risk
Up to 220,000 California children could be excluded from health care reform because of immigration issues, according to a study released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Health listings June 30 to July 6
The Gathering Place West, 800 Sharon Drive, Westlake, (216) 595-9546. Offering the following monthly support groups: • Young women with breast cancer (age 45 and younger), 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

Medicare paving way to health care accountability
Private insurers, federal program in search of savings through higher quality medical services Encouraged by the health care overhaul, medical providers are slowly moving toward a new model of delivering care designed to hold doctors and hospitals more accountable for performance.

Medicare paving way to health care accountability
Private insurers, federal program in search of savings through higher quality medical services Private insurers, federal program in search of savings through higher quality medical services.

Will debt deal hurt health industry?
Here's a guide to health care industry groups and what's at stake for them in the debt debate.

Administration Offers Health Care Cuts as Part of Budget Negotiations
Proposal to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit worries lobbyists for hospitals, nursing homes and older Americans.

Health notes for July 4
Health notes for July 4

More health-care cuts are on the way with passage of state budget
Finding a way to further tighten the Triad's health-care belt is quickly becoming the new reality with the passage of the state budget.

Health insurance rate hikes draw scrutiny at California's Capitol
Speaking softly, Joseph Villela plunged into one of the Legislature's loudest fights by telling of his mother's plight.

Colorado high-risk health insurance pool burning through money fast
The federally sanctioned high-risk insurance pool for Colorado is signing up fewer patients and burning through its limited cash faster than expected, as the plan attracts the sickest of the sick.

Some health plans left out of new federal rules
WASHINGTON - Health insurance plans that are relatively inexpensive but have limited benefits are being phased out under the federal health care overhaul that became law last year.

Mental health champion
Q. What do you think are the biggest issues in mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities right now?

Smoking Health Risks & Tobacco Facts
The list of smoking health risks and tobacco facts is long and deadly. And realizing these facts and risks can help a person to give up smoking tobacco now!

Health authority focuses on curbing obesity among youth
Vancouver Island Health Authority targeting youth in prevention programs to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Moms' diet not tied to kids' heart health: study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study from West Africa suggests that supplementing pregnant women's diets with extra calories and protein doesn't protect their kids against risk factors for heart disease once they're teenagers.

Can business cure Africa's health care crisis?
For Africa's poorest a chronic shortage of affordable health care is costing lives. But one organization is convinced it can make treatment affordable, and make money at the same time.

Health Robotics Holds Partner Award Ceremonies and Annual Training for its Worldwide Distribution Network
BOZEN, SUD-TIROL, Italy, July 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Robotics today announced that coinciding with the 5th anniversary of the company's founding, it is currently conducting its Annual Training and Award Ceremonies for its worldwide channel line-up of service partners at the company's brand new, Trieste-based, manufacturing and regulatory office locations. More than 30 attendees from 17 ...

Motsoaledi urges health fee regulation
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says healthcare fees should be regulated to bring down costs.

Health Tip: Set Rules for Swimming
(HealthDay News) -- Once it gets hot, kids are naturally drawn to playing in and near water. But thousands of kids end up in emergency rooms each year because of near-drownings, and more than 1,000 under age 14 drown.

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