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Maine gives green light to Mayo joining Northern Light

Jan. 18, 2020 10:42 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine has given its approval for Mayo Regional Hospital to join Northern Light Health. The commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services granted the “certificate of need" necessary for the partnership. Marie Vienneau, president and CEO, Mayo...

Capitol Watch: Money flows into parties as 2020 fights near

Jan. 18, 2020 9:20 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Health care interests are giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties as New York's Legislature gears up for fights over how to contain soaring Medicaid costs, state records show. The contributions are among others disclosed by politicians and political committees this...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Nonprofit health care system Kaiser Permanente today announced it will be the first private sector contributor to Newsom's newly announced fund to combat homelessness in the state, committing $25 million to the effort. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kaiser, Blue Shield pledge $45M to California housing fund

Jan. 17, 2020 5:26 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hospital giant Kaiser Permanente and insurer Blue Shield of California on Friday pledged $45 million to a new state fund aimed at getting people off the streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week creating what he proposes to be a $750 million fund that could be...

SC’s largest hospital system lays off 327 employees

Jan. 17, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s largest private health system is laying off 327 employees. Prisma Health said the eliminated positions affect all departments — both administrative and medical — and all locations, both in the Midlands and Upstate. The hospital system declined to...

Company closes Boonville hospital with short notice

Jan. 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas hospital company abruptly closed a central Missouri hospital Wednesday, citing regulatory problems. Pinnacle Regional Hospital announced early Wednesday the full-service, community hospital in Boonville would close by the end of the day. Discussions with the Missouri...

Program launches to assist rural residents in Vermont

Jan. 14, 2020 7:21 PM EST

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — An organization made up of some of the town’s most important movers and shakers - and funders - has launched a new funding arm to help local businesses through the NEK Prosper! umbrella. The group includes Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), Northern Counties...

Oregon Senate president, 76, hospitalized with hip pain

Jan. 14, 2020 6:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, is in a Portland hospital after experiencing severe hip pain. Courtney's office in the Oregon State Capitol said Tuesday that the 76-year-old Democrat hurt his hip while spinning last week while...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 14, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 12 Missouri —and more specifically, Jefferson City — has had a love-hate relationship with gambling. In 1984, state voters authorized the Missouri Lottery, making it the 23rd statewide lottery. A decade later, both city and state voters approved riverboat...

In this Jan. 4, 2020, photo, the New Deal Turtle Fountain, replete with cement ducks, frogs and trucks, sits in the middle of a courtyard at the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences, N.M. The fountain, created by the late artist Eugenie Shonnard as part of the federal Works Progress Administration program that employed millions of Americans in public works projects, is falling apart at the New Mexico veterans home. And efforts to save it are uncertain. (Robert Nott/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

New Deal-era fountain falling apart at New Mexico vet home

Jan. 12, 2020 12:29 PM EST

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Mark Bartoloni likes the sound of the water when the New Deal Turtle Fountain is running in the courtyard of the New Mexico State Veterans Home. Bartolini, 71, a U.S Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, has lived in the facility in Truth or Consequences, which...

West Virginia hospital group eyes bankruptcy, not closing

Jan. 11, 2020 11:00 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hospital system announced Friday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but assured that it is not closing its doors. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Thomas Health said in a news release Friday that it is hoping to lessen its debt. In West Virginia,...