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Mercy Health Opens $3.9 Million Medical Center In Ludington

Mercy Health has opened a $3.9 million medical center in Ludington in northwest Michigan.

Mercy Health Ludington offers urgent care, primary care services, lab, imaging and specialty clinics, and continues services at neurosurgery and cardiology clinics. An occupational medicine clinic was slated to open Aug. 15 and behavioral health services are penciled in for the fall.

The 15,000-square-foot facility is less than a mile away from the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Mercy Health announced plans to build the center last May and broke ground in September. [Read More]

WSU Neurology Chair Passes Away

Omar Khan, MD, chair of the Wayne State University Department of Neurology, died Aug. 13.

Dr. Khan joined the Department of Neurology in 1998, and was appointed chair in 2012.

“He was a strong leader of his department,” School of Medicine Dean Jack D. Sobel, MD, said. “This is a substantial loss to our School of Medicine and a tremendous loss for multiple sclerosis patients, for whom Dr. Khan was a staunch advocate.”

Dr. Khan also served as director of the Wayne State University Multiple Sclerosis Center and Magnetic Resonance Image Analysis Laboratory, neurologist-in-chief for the Detroit Medical Center and formerly as associate chief medical officer for the Wayne State University Physician Group. [Read More]

ACS Outfits Clothing Codes For Surgeons

A combined concern based on professional image and safety drives the American College of
Surgeons new communique on clothing. No dangling surgical masks, loose jewelry, grungy scrubs or uncovered ponytails or mutton-chop sideburns allowed. And, much like pro athletes, ditch the uniform (scrubs) for a jacket and tie for “encounters outside the OR.”

“The whole idea is to support professionalism on behalf of patients,” ACS Executive Director David Hoyt, MD, said in a news story. [Read More]

Hospitals Turn To Uber For Patient Transport Help

Hospitals and health systems across the country are partnering with Uber to help patients make it to appointments on time, according to a recent article in the Atlantic magazine.

Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health is one such system. The nonprofit health care system began a partnership with Uber in January. Through the partnership, patients can use Uber can book trips via the MedStar website. Medicaid patients or those without the Uber app can set up rides by calling MedStar’s patient advocates directly. [Read More]

AMA and CDC Update Docs on Zika Virus

The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following statements this week regarding the Zika virus as they hosted a webinar for American’s physicians and clinicians on the current status of the outbreak.

“As the Zika virus outbreak continues to evolve and more Americans become impacted by the virus, we must ensure that our nation’s physicians, and all clinicians, are prepared to handle possible cases of the virus and are equipped with the most up-to-date information to answer patients’ questions. The AMA and CDC will be holding a live webinar tonight to provide physicians and other clinicians with an update on the current status of the outbreak and the latest clinical guidance to help them diagnose and manage patients and prevent further transmission of the Zika virus,” said AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD. [Read More]

WSU Med School May Lose 37 Faculty Members

Wayne State University School of Medicine could be down 37 faculty members because of retirement and termination, according to The Detroit News.

The news was revealed via a letter to faculty members from Dean Jack Sobel, MD.

Eighteen faculty members have “agreed to retire, accept phased retirement or received notice of nonrenewal of their contract,” according to Dr. Sobel’s letter. Eleven others will be recommended for dismissal from their positions, and eight more chose to take part in separation agreements. Most of these eight will stay on staff at Wayne State until after Sept. 1. [Read More]