ANA names new head of credentialing; Lockdown lifted at Planned Parenthood shooting victims' hospital;

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> Patricia Reid Ponte, R.N., has been appointed the next president of the American Nurse Association's American Nurse Credentialing Center by the ANA Board of Directors. Announcement

> The Colorado hospital where several victims of last week's shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood facility are being treated has lifted a lockdown, according to 9News. Article

> A Louisiana state audit found millions of dollars' worth of state-owned hospital equipment is missing. Audit

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> Unlike other rural providers, Augusta Health, a 255-bed hospital in Fisherville, Virginia, is a financial success. The organization has more than doubled in size and patient capacity since it opened its doors 21 years ago. The keys to its success: Not accumulating debt and ongoing expense reduction. Article

> A new report issued by Moody's Investors Service concludes that it must take potential cyber security breaches more seriously as it assesses the creditworthiness of healthcare and other business entities. Article

And Finally… I'm dreaming of a wonk Christmas. Article

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