Cardiac arrest mortality rates drop; Smaller Ohio hospitals close maternity units;

> St. Peter's Health Partners based in Albany, N.Y., is recruiting for physicians and specialists into its integrated system starting this summer, The Times Union reported Saturday in hopes of creating a coordinated system. Article

> North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital officials are fighting to stop the sale of the hospital, Fox 4 News reported. Hospital officials filed an injunction Thursday against the City of North Kansas City, claiming that the city council has no legal right to make decisions to sell without the support of hospital administrators and stating that the facility does not need to be sold to continue operating. The city's driving motivation behind a potential sale is the hospital's lack of tax revenue. Article

> Hospitals in recession-hit areas are seeing an increase in serious child physical abuse cases, according to a study published today in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia noticed a correlation between the rate of child abuse patients and the rate of mortgage foreclosures. The U.S Department of Health & Human Services noted that child abuse victims are more likely to use Medicaid and social services due to mental illness and substance abuse. Announcement

> A new study found that more Americans hospitalized for cardiac arrest survive, compared to 10 years ago, according to Reuters Health. As of 2009, the death rate of hospitalized cardiac arrest patients dropped from 70 percent to 58 percent, which researchers attribute to improved CPR techniques, better public access to automated external defibrillators and the utilization of therapeutic hypothermia, an in-hospital treatment. Article

> Nineteen of Ohio's smaller hospitals have closed their maternity units since 2004, according to the state Department of Health, The Newark Advocate reported Sunday. Hospital officials attribute these closings to low-birth volumes and high costs of OB care. As a result, 23 Ohio counties are without maternity units, suggesting expectant mothers nearing their due dates must make arrangements to travel longer distances to give birth. Article

And Finally… Pain doc prescribes meds to dog in undercover sting. Article

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