Today’s NewsStand – September 9, 2019

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

Iowa News

Van Diest Medical Center paramedic honored by Iowa Hospital Association
A Van Diest Medical Center paramedic was presented with a Hospital Hero Award from the Iowa Hospital Association Thursday afternoon as Andi Dyer, who has worked at the hospital for 17 years, was named one of the 10 Hospital Heroes from across the state who will be honored at the IHA Annual Meeting Oct. 9. The Iowa Hospital Hero Award was created to recognize and promote hospital employees who contribute courageously and selflessly to Iowa hospitals. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

MercyOne New Hampton offering mental health first aid course
Estimated 20% of adults in the country suffer from mental illness, and about 50% of teenagers from ages 13 to 18 do as well. September is nationally known as Suicide Prevention Month. Mercy One New Hampton doesn’t take this lightly and on Tuesday are hosting a ‘Mental Health First Aid Class’ to make sure that we know what to do when our loved ones are going through tough times. Mercy One New Hampton is also hosting a community forum titled, ‘Let’s Talk about Mental Health,’ which continues their efforts in making the topic less taboo in our society. (KCHA)

You Matter Siouxland: Sioux City students come together for suicide prevention
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with more than 47,000 Americans dying by suicide in 2017 alone. Now, Siouxlanders are stepping up and holding out a hand. with a hope of helping just one person through their toughest times. Friday night at a football game between East and West, students, parents and fans from both teams wore yellow as a way to show solidarity and support for suicide prevention. The event was organized by You Matter Siouxland, a student group with a goal to help others through those tough times. (Siouxland News)

National News

How Missouri is reimagining rural health care: Discussion with Missouri Hospital Association CEO
Rural healthcare, in many ways, is in crisis. Many rural areas have a critically low supply of providers, particularly in specialties like psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology. Rural hospitals face low patient volumes, treat an older patient population and have a payer mix that tips more heavily toward Medicare and Medicaid. These financial challenges have led many facilities to close their doors.  While these issues loom large, the story of rural healthcare is more nuanced than a closure count, according to Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Trump, 2020 democrats take different tracks on mental health policy
The 2020 presidential campaign has revealed a clear split on the future of mental-health policy, with President Trump focused primarily on addressing gun violence and his potential Democratic foes making a wider variety of proposals. Mr. Trump has focused on the issue in response to recent mass shootings, calling for more psychiatric institutions and making it easier to commit people for treatment. (Wall Street Journal)

Cases of vaping-related lung illness surge, health officials say
Indiana announced a third death linked to the illness on Friday, Minnesota a fourth and California a fifth. State and federal health officials are working urgently to understand the causes. Medical experts and federal health officials on Friday warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with a severe lung illness linked to vaping more than doubled to 450 possible cases in 33 states and the number of deaths rose to five. (New York Times)