Today’s NewsStand – June 11, 2019

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

Iowa News

Knoxville Hospital and Clinics economic impact felt in Marion County
The Iowa Hospital Association recently released a study of the economic impact hospitals have in their communities. The study examined the areas of jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study found that the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) generates over 290 jobs that adds $21,185,000 to the Marion county economy.  In addition, KHC employees spend over $4.3 million on retail sales and contribute over $259,000 in state sales tax revenue. (KNIA)

N’West Iowa hospitals get new X-ray systems
Patients at three N’West Iowa critical access hospitals are going to benefit from the latest in X-ray technology. Hawarden Regional Healthcare, MercyOne Primghar Medical Center and Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley each have received grant funds from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program to use toward purchasing new X-ray equipment. The Sibley hospital has been using its new mobile radiology system since May 15. (N’west Iowa News)

Mount Pleasant rallies to keep mental health agency open
Hillcrest Family Services in Mount Pleasant will remain open after the agency’s board reversed an earlier decision to eliminate the program. The Hillcrest Family Services board voted March 7 to close the Mount Pleasant facility, along with six other sites, saying the programs were not financially sustainable. Since then, area residents and employees of Hillcrest in Mount Pleasant have worked to raise the money and support needed to keep the program open. Their efforts paid off when the Hillcrest board announced May 30 that the Mount Pleasant program would continue to operate. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

Consequences ‘deadly’ as another rural TN hospital may close
Standing in front of the only hospital in Fentress County, Joanne Martin can barely stand to look at the Emergency Room where she dedicated nearly two decades of her life. “This community needs this hospital, desperately. If it closes, people are going to die and that’s just not right,” she added. The hospital is still open, but in perhaps the first of what could be a deadly blow for Fentress County, the Emergency Room is no longer accepting patients who show up via ambulance. (News Channel 15)

South Carolina seeks Trump admin permission for Medicaid work requirements
South Carolina is seeking permission from the Trump administration to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. The state on Monday formally submitted a request to require Medicaid recipients to work, be enrolled in job training or be in school an average of 80 hours a month. The Trump administration has made it a priority to approve conservative Medicaid waivers for states that apply for them, but has run into opposition in the federal court system. (The Hill)

Solving physician burnout solution requires system-wide changes
Physicians and patients feel the consequences of clinician burnout, but it’s not a battle they can fight alone. Christine A. Sinsky, MD, a board-certified internist, vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association (AMA), director of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and chair of the Board of Trustees for ABIM, said the AMA began working earnestly on the issue of physician burnout in 2012, convening a group of chief executive officers from some of the largest healthcare systems in 2016 to raise awareness of the issue as a public health crisis. (Modern Medicine Network)