Planning to begin construction in the spring, Baptist Health will be adding a $187 million, seven-story critical care tower to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, as reported in the Jacksonville Daily Record. Scheduled for completion in 2021, the 220,000 square foot structure will become the front entrance to Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital and house a 75-bed neonatal intensive care center and a 26-bed pediatric intensive care unit. Michael Mayo, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Hospital president said, “We intend to create an extraordinary patient and family experience for all who enter.”
NewYork-Presbyterian began “seriously investing” in its virtual care program in 2016. In early 2019, they had their 100,000th virtual visit. “We see telehealth as being part of a coordinated care model that goes beyond urgent care for our patients,” Mr. Barchi Group Senior Vice President and CIO told Becker’s Hospital Review in an interview. “Virtual platforms will become the first point of care for many patients, and I think provider organizations have to be prepared for a future that is dominated by virtual encounters.”
Houston Methodist Hospital Researchers Find Flesh-Eating Bacteria Genetic Roadmap, Hope it Leads to Vaccine
With a nearly 50 percent death rate, the necrotizing myositis has been found to be caused by group A streptococcus. James M. Musser, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at Houston Methodist shared, “We were able to carefully dissect and pull back the curtain to identify what permits this organism to cause severe disease of muscle, the so-called flesh-eating disease. We now understand precisely what high-value targets we should be going after to disable or destroy.” A recent press release by Houston Methodist shares highlights from the research results.
“Alzheimer’s is such a devastating disease and currently there is no cure or effective therapy,” said Tao Ma, PhD, assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The researchers used a genetic approach to repress the activity of a signaling molecule. They found that genetic suppression of this molecule prevented memory loss and improved synaptic function. Encouraged by these findings, Ma’s team hopes to test this approach further.