Today’s NewsStand – July 2, 2019

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

Iowa News

Manning Regional Healthcare Center provides more than $8.5 in economic support to region
Following the release of an economic impact study by the Iowa Hospital Association, Chief Executive Officer of Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC), John O’Brien, says he and his entire staff take pride in the role they play within an industry that strongly supports local communities, ensuring they are vibrant and prosperous.  The more than $8.5 million payroll has created over $12.6 million in overall economic impact to the Manning area. (KCIM)

New Iowa laws go into effect
As the start of Iowa’s new fiscal year, new laws have taken effect in the state starting Monday, July 1. The laws were passed during the 2019 Legislative Session. They included bills meant to increase the background checks for employees working with children, elderly and disabled or creating a children’s mental health system in the state. Some of the more well-known bills passed were allowing sports betting in the state and allowing the growing and harvesting of hemp. (Siouxland Proud)

Medical Associates of Clinton joins MercyOne
MercyOne Clinton officials announced Monday that the agreement between Medical Associates of Clinton and MercyOne Clinton Medical Center has been finalized and is effective immediately. The two organizations have provided quality care to the Clinton area for decades and will now work together as an integrated system to expand services, improve access and create an even higher level of coordination of care to benefit patients and communities throughout the region, hospital officials said in a press release. (Clinton Herald)

National News

Patients left in lurch after hospital closes
Continuity of care is crucial for cancer patients in the midst of treatment, which often requires frequent repeated outpatient visits. So when Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, the rural hospital in Endicott-Coyan’s hometown, was slated to close its doors at the end of 2018, hospital officials had arranged for its cancer clinic to remain open. But the contractor that operated and staffed the unit, had decided to shut it down too, just two weeks later. From Fort Scott, other cancer facilities are 50 and 63 miles away. For cancer patients, the distance meant new challenges getting lifesaving treatment. (Kaiser Health News)

Hospitals and agriculture work together in Missouri for better rural health
In January, the Missouri Hospital Association launched the Reimagine Rural Health initiative. Influenced by Gov. Mike Parson’s Rural Health Summit, held last December in Bolivar, the “reimagine” program emphasizes the need for investments in rural health. Although a number of important policy initiatives were adopted to strengthen the state’s rural health system during this year’s legislative session, long-term change requires ongoing monitoring and fine-tuning. (Booneville Daily News)

Trump signs humanitarian aid package to bolster migrant care
President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package on Monday to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many Democratic lawmakers were hoping for more. They wanted to provide stronger protections for how migrants are treated at holding facilities and to make it easier for lawmakers to make snap visits. The emergency legislation was needed to ease overcrowded, often harsh conditions at U.S. holding facilities for migrants seeking asylum, mostly from Central American nations like Honduras and El Salvador. (Associated Press)