Albany Medical Center starts $360M expansion; HHS cuts hospital preparedness funds;

> Albany Medical Center broke ground on a $360 million expansion that will bring the total number of beds from 631 to 714, as well as 20 operating rooms, a new recovery unit and an ICU for trauma and vascular patients, reports WNYT. Article

> Federal regulators discovered dangerous working conditions at Capt. James Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune. The military hospital received notices for 11 serious safety violations and nine serious health violations related to blood-borne pathogens and asbestos. Article

> The Oregon state senate voted to end the legal protection for parents who rely on faith healing instead of seeking medical care for their children, according to the Oregonian. Article

> Pennsylvania legislators are counting on savings from reduced Medicaid waste and fraud in the next fiscal year to fund colleges, notes Bloomberg. However, if the state can't generate enough funds, more than 160,000 needy residents may be left without healthcare. Article

> Despite the tornado that tore through Missouri this past week, HHS has decided to cut $42 million from the hospital preparedness program the rest of fiscal year 2011. The 11 percent drop in funding last year will be applied equally across all states, territories and cities funded under HPP, reports AHA News Now. Article

And Finally... Does this hospital robe make me look big? Docs in England paid extra to tell patients they're fat. Article

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