Today’s NewsStand – July 5, 2019

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

Iowa News

St. Luke’s acquires specialized ultrasound equipment to hone in on lungs
Patients who may have lung cancer, lymphoma or an infectious disease that affects the lungs no longer need to travel outside of Siouxland for testing or undergo an invasive surgical procedure to obtain a diagnosis. UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s recently acquired highly specialized equipment to do endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), a technique that allows a pulmonologist to visualize the airways leading to the lungs and perform a biopsy of the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes without surgery. (Sioux City Journal)

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital receives quality achievement award
Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. MCMH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. (Red Oak Express)

UnityPoint Health-Des Moines seeks applicants for Young Advisory Council
The Young Advisory Council at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, which was formed in 2017 to engage young professionals and foster community outreach, is seeking additional members. The group engages UnityPoint Health–Des Moines board members and senior leaders to help expand the organization’s knowledge and perspective of the community’s growing needs. Membership includes 10 to 15 volunteer members between the ages of 22 and 40, who are encouraged to serve for a minimum of two years. (Des Moines Business Record)

National News

Federal appeals court refuses to postpone Obamacare appeal
A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to delay oral arguments in a high-profile lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to give the Republican state attorneys general more time to file requested supplemental briefs, but will still consider the case on July 9. The Republican states said they need more time to file a supplemental brief on whether the U.S. House of Representatives and the Democratic states that are defending the landmark healthcare law have standing to intervene in the case. (Modern Healthcare)

Local colleges may be a panacea for rural America’s health care gap
There is a gap in rural America’s healthcare. About 20% of the country’s population lives in a rural area. However, only 9% of the nation’s physicians practice in rural communities. According to the RTT Collaborative, there are now nearly 100 accredited rural family medicine residency programs in the country. While there are other programs that are specific to professions, such as nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant, RTT’s cooperative is representative of some of the nation’s most prominent programs. The number of graduates is small, but the impact may be large. (Forbes)

Wisconsin’s rural hospitals struggle to provide critical care
For the roughly 25 percent of Wisconsinites living in rural communities, emergency care can be difficult to access. That’s where Critical Access Hospitals come in. They’re small 25-bed facilities with 24/7 emergency rooms located about 35 miles away from hospitals. According to the National Rural Health Association nearly half of rural hospitals across the country lose money and in the past 10 years, 85 hospitals in 26 states have closed their doors, including one in Arcadia, Wisconsin. (WKOW)