Today’s NewsStand – June 10, 2019

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

CHI Health Missouri Valley announces new president and national top 20 rural hospital award
CHI Health Missouri Valley recently named Jonathan Moe as its new President.  Moe most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah. Along with the appointment of new leadership, the hospital also recently was awarded two prestigious national awards. Early in 2019, CHI Health Missouri Valley was designated as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation. This is based upon the measures related to quality of care, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and lower healthcare costs. (Missouri Valley Times News)

Spencer Hospital boosts local economy
A recent study by the Iowa Hospital Association indicated Spencer Hospital generated nearly $46 million in economic impact for the local economy last year. The hospital association’s study compiles information on how Iowa hospitals impact the state’s economy, using data from the American Hospital Association. The study projects how each hospital stimulates its local economy through jobs maintained, income paid to employees, retail sales by the hospital and sales tax generated. (Spencer Daily Reporter)

Opening of behavioral health center allows MercyOne chance to better serve North Iowa
This year is proving to be a momentous one for MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. Not only did the medical center, formerly Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, launch its new name and logo as part of a network-wide rebrand, but it made noticeable progress on its new $10.6 million behavioral health center slated to open Monday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the “Jan Again Center for Hope and Safety” took place Thursday. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

National News

A new push aims to bring mental health and addiction into the 2020 campaign conversation
Bernie Sanders and Seth Moulton both have plans to expand mental health services for veterans. Joe Biden wants to double the number of school mental health staff “so our kids get the mental health care they need.” Elizabeth Warren hopes to address the opioid crisis by expanding prevention efforts, treatment, and recovery services. And Amy Klobuchar just scored an endorsement from an Iowa state representative impressed with her plan to expand behavioral health facilities and boost federal funding for mental health research. (STAT)

Report: 88% of hospital executives feel vulnerable to competitors like Amazon, CVS
In an industry filled with competitors the likes of Optum, CVS Health and Amazon, leaders of health organizations are increasingly concerned about non-hospital competition from the tech-centric consumer companies. In a recent report from Kaufman Hall, 88% of U.S. hospital and health system executives believe that their organizations are vulnerable to non-hospital competitors. Many of the top worries of health system executives stem directly from their tech capabilities, the report said. (Fierce Healthcare)

Rural health care crisis demands attention
Across the nation, rural hospitals are being squeezed by various financial pressures, a trend that is more acute in one of the country’s poorest and most rural states. Five Mississippi hospitals have closed since 2013, and four others declared bankruptcy last year, although they each remained open. Any time a hospital closes in rural Mississippi, it brings a myriad of consequences. (Mississippi Daily Journal)