AMA urges patients to clean out their medicine cabinets; Trinity Health will acquire Chicago health system;

> The American Medical Association urges patients to give their medicine cabinets a check-up as National Patient Safety Awareness Week kicks off. The AMA's new online Medication Safety Checklist offers patients helpful tips to keep track of prescription meds, vitamins, home remedies and alternative therapies. Press Release

> A four-week improv class teaches medical students to think on their feet and adapt to the unexpected, reports the American Medical News. Article

> Hundred nurses at Washington Hospital Center went out a 24-hour strike scheduled to end by 7 a.m. Saturday, notes the Washington Post. Yet, hospital officials said striking nurses will not be paid or allowed back to work until Wednesday, March 9. Article

> Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health System, the nation's fourth largest Catholic healthcare system, is buying the Loyola University Health System of Chicago, reports the Detroit News. As a result of the deal, Trinity will be directly affiliated with Loyola University Chicago. Article

> Former El Camino Hospital President and CEO Ken Graham was fired "without cause" by the hospital's board of directors last week, but still will receive nearly $1 million in severance pay, repots the Palo Alto Daily News. Article

And Finally... Better late than never. Article