Today’s NewsStand – July 11, 2019

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

Iowa News

Des Moines kidney donor meets recipient one year after transplant
Last week a Des Moines woman traveled nearly 1,500 miles to meet the man whose life she saved. Des Moines resident Katie Elsbernd donated her kidney to a stranger in 2018. The man turned out to be a 55-year-old retired police officer named Arthur Calvert. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Elsbernd made a surprise visit to San Diego to meet Calvert. Elsbernd and Calvert were matched through a national kidney registry called a paired exchange. (WHO)

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics to hold health fair
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) will hold a 55-plus Health Fair on July 25 at the hospital. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature complimentary health screenings, informational displays from external community organizations and internal hospital programs that offer services to support an individual’s health and lifestyle. This is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about services and resources available close to home in the community and at KHC. (Knoxville Journal Express)

Lake City health care provider recounts mission work with miracle children of Tanzania
Nearly 40 people were on hand to learn about the “Truth in Orthopedics” and a local provider’s experiences with serving patients in the Lake City area as well as Tanzania. Dr. Steven Meyer was the featured speaker at the latest Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) Lunch Connection where he recounted the outcomes of a 2017 bus crash that killed 35 students and teachers, leaving only three survivors with terrible injuries. He succeeded in securing the transportation and medical care for these three children at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, where they underwent surgeries, therapies and recuperation. (KCIM)

National News

New Hampshire delays, alters its Medicaid work requirement
Facing mounting fears about likely coverage losses, New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announced Monday that he is delaying implementation of the state’s Medicaid work requirement program for 120 days. In addition, Sununu signed a Democratic-sponsored bill that would halt the work requirement if 500 or more people are disenrolled due to noncompliance. The New Hampshire Hospital Association, which had raised concerns about the work requirement’s impact on coverage, continuity of care, and uncompensated care, applauded Sununu’s decision to sign the bill. (Modern Healthcare)

New physician initiative addresses rural health care crisis
Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is launching Rural Health Matters, an Academy-wide strategic initiative to improve health care in rural communities. As part of this initiative, the AAFP is working in to ensure that rural family medicine is a part of the national dialogue. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

At remote Amazon jungle hospital, US med students learn vital lessons
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, at a jungle hospital teeming with patients, two U.S. medical students are racing to save a man’s life. The pair are members of a select group of UCLA medical students who traveled thousands of miles to Iquitos, the largest city in the world that cannot be accessed by road. Programs like this are especially crucial now given the escalating crisis in American medicine. Hospital closures, caused by a confluence of factors including reduced access to Medicaid and hospital consolidations, have contributed to the country’s soaring infant and maternal mortality rates, experts say. (CBS News)