Drunk-driving CEO fired; Hospital board still Catholic post Mayo merger;

> Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital's board yesterday unanimously voted to remove its CEO, Robert L. 'Bob' Hawley Jr., after he was arrested for a second offense of drunk driving, reports The Times-Picayune. Article

> Highlighting hospital security issues, a shooter was sentenced to 54 years in prison for firing gunshots on hospital grounds at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, reports WBAL TV, an NBC affiliate. Article

> Salinas Valley (Calif.) Memorial Hospital this week held a public meeting for frustrated employees and community members to address public outrage at seemingly excessive executive pay and employee layoffs, reports the Monterey County Herald. Article

> Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo., is making massive layoffs of 6.5 percent of its workforce, that is, 160 jobs, due to the economic downturn and healthcare reform, reports The Denver Post. Article

> After the 1986 merger between Mayo Clinic Rochester (Minn.) Methodist and Saint Mary's, the sponsorship board at St. Mary's says it has maintained its Catholic identity, according to The Post-Bulletin. The board has 20 members, including six Franciscan Sisters. Article

And Finally... It's getting a little crowded in here: World population to surpass 7 billion in 2011. Article