Today’s NewsStand

Today’s NewsStand

By siglerr|
|March 20, 2023

Iowa news

Girl collects 10,000 cans of Play-Doh for Blank Children’s Hospital

Blank Children’s Hospital just got a lot more colorful with 10,000 cans of Play-Doh. It took one month for third grader Maggie Mahoney to reach her goal of collecting 10,000 cans for children in the hospital. “Maggie’s Play-Doh Drive” was inspired by her older sister, Riley, who spent two years at Blank Children’s Hospital undergoing cancer treatment. Riley, 10, is now cancer-free and remembers how playing with Play-Doh gave her a sense of calm and normalcy in the hospital. (KCCI)

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and Mercy Medial Center named among the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals by Fortune and PINC Al

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids were identified as among the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals. To select top performers, an objective, independent, quantitative research analysis was performed using publicly available data measuring cardiac care in the U.S. This year, the 50 top cardiovascular hospital program winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. (PINC Al)

OpenLoop Health announces $15M fundraising round, new payer coverage service

OpenLoop Health, a Des Moines-based provider of telehealth support services, announced it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. The fundraising round was led by Nava Ventures, with participation from new investors UnityPoint Health Ventures and PrimeTime Ventures, and existing investors SpringTide Ventures and ManchesterStory. The company also announced a new nationwide insurance payer network that allows clients to offer reimbursable services to patients instead of cash-pay-only options as well as its new payer coverage and revenue cycle management service. (Business Record)

National news

Hospitals invited to provide feedback about IHF sustainability tool

The International Hospital Federation’s Geneva Sustainability Centre seeks hospitals to preview and provide feedback on a digital platform it plans to launch this summer to help hospitals assess and track their environmental sustainability efforts, access training and replicate best practices. IHF plans to make the GSC Sustainability Accelerator Tool available to selected hospitals for testing in May and June. Participants will be publicly recognized for their support. (American Hospital Association)

How Johns Hopkins helps clinicians launch digital health startups

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures is helping clinicians from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine bring their digital health ideas to market. Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures connects clinicians to potential customers and investors as well as technology companies like Microsoft, giving them access to technology like cloud-based AI services and augmented reality headsets. The venture arm is helping medical professionals conduct health care virtually. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Pediatric hospital beds are in demand for ailing children. Here’s why

Although the respiratory surge that overwhelmed physician’s offices and hospitals last fall is over, some parents are still having trouble getting their children beds in pediatric hospitals or pediatric units. With Medicaid reimbursing physicians at a lower rate for children, hospitals in tough situations sometimes put adults in those pediatric beds for financial reasons. Much like the reasons behind the difficulties parents and caregivers are experiencing, the solutions are complex. (CNN)

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