12-hour emergency room waits typical at Los Angeles County-USC hospital; Hunter-sighting spurs hospital's temporary lockdown;

> Adults who arrive at the Los Angeles County-USC hospital face average emergency room wait times of 12.5 hours from the time of triage until they are admitted or discharged, the Associated Press reports. Patient demand and bed supply are out of whack because the hospital moved to an earthquake-safe building two years ago and had to give up 27 percent outpatient beds. Article

> University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City went into a precautionary emergency lock down for 45 minutes Wednesday after a rifle-toting man was spotted in the foothills behind the hospital, the Deseret News reports. The lock down was lifted after police decided the man in full camouflage was probably a hunter. Article

> In an interview with FierceCIO, Mat Waites, CIO for The Little Clinic, talks about how automating the registration process and integrating it with the EMR system is saving time and money. FierceCIO

> Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, N.J., and Atlantic Health have agreed to a merger, the Daily Record reports. Article

> St. Luke's Health System fired North Canyon Medical Center CEO Earl Fitzpatrick on Sept. 17, after the Gooding, Idaho-based hospital's board voted to terminate him, the Times-News reports. While a St. Luke's spokesman would not reveal why the CEO and CFO were terminated, the decision is likely related to a police investigation. Article

> Police killed a man who shot at them inside Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., wounding two officers, the Associated Press reports. The man apparently was experiencing marital problems, a friend said. Article

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