Chicago hospitals get rid of sugary drinks; Magnet status linked to better neonatal ICU outcomes;

> Starting now, Vanguard Health Chicago, which operates four hospitals in the region, is phasing out all "sugar-loaded beverages,'' including soda and sports and energy drinks, reports the Chicago Tribune. Article

> Although Accretive Health Inc, is facing a suit by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office for harsh collection practices, the firm has been hired as Mercy Hospital's "revenue cycle operating partner," reported The Portland Press Herald. Article

> Illinois' Prentice Women's Hospital, which was denied from property tax exemptions last year, has lost its appeal, reported Crain's Chicago Business. Article

> A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that hospitals with "magnet" status had better neonatal intensive care unit outcomes, reported The Columbus Dispatch. At hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, babies were less likely to suffer a brain hemorrhage or infection and were more likely to survive their first week. Article

> Boston's Steward Health Care System has named Andrew Davis as president of Carney Hospital, effective May 7, the hospital operator announced Tuesday. Statement

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