Cleveland-area non-profits disclose charity care numbers; Scripps in CA green lighted for $200M expansion project;

> Non-profit hospitals in the Cleveland area have disclosed for the first time details on how much charity care they provide. A number of non profit facilities told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that on average, they write off about percent of revenues on charity care a year. Article 

> Planners in Encinitas, CA have green lighted Scripps Memorial Hospital's $200 million expansion plans to increase the number of patient beds from 138 to 226, and the number of emergency room beds from 12 to 27. The project, which requires another $57 million in donations, will also add new buildings for critical care and acute care, as well as a rooftop helicopter pad. Article 

> According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control, 28,000 children under the age of 1 die every year in the U.S. Infant mortality rates in the U.S. still are among the highest in the developed world. Article 

> A new survey of more than 250 nurses found that communication bottlenecks compromised patient care in hospitals. The study, conducted by Zogby International, reports that nurses lose as much as two hours per shift tracking other clinicians down. Sixty percent of nurses who responded to the survey said that they worked up to 10 hours of overtime each week due to time wasted or lost trying to communicate with other staff. Article 

And finally... Taiwanese children got a lesson in human anatomy by walking around inside a giant replica of Jonathan Swift's fictional hero, Gulliver. Article

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