Florida hospital receives OK to start major expansion; Nearly 1,000 nurses threaten to walk off jobs in California;

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> Florida's Winter Park Memorial Hospital received approval to begin a major expansion that will include a new patient pavilion and an expanded emergency room, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Article

> Nearly 1,000 nurses are threatening to walk off their jobs at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California and 11 county-run health clinics if they can't agree on a new contract, according to the Contra Costa Times. Article

> Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System recently fired four top administrators and moved to dissolve the board of two of its community health centers, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Five of the health centers' former board members, however, contend that the health system and Erlanger Chief Executive Officer Kevin Spiegel had no legal right to fire the administrators or dissolve the board. Article

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> A Southern California physician has prevailed in a lawsuit against a hospital chain he said retaliated against him for objecting to its acquisition of an Orange County hospital. The California Supreme Court upheld the $5.7 million judgment in favor of Michael Fitzgibbons, M.D., reinstating it after a lower appellate court had ruled in favor of Integrated Healthcare Holdings, which owns four hospitals in Orange County, Healthcare Finance News reported. Article

> Is it cheaper to have a baby at home than a hospital? Although Canada has a single-payer healthcare and much lower costs than the United States, researchers there still found giving birth at home makes better financial sense than at a hospital. Article

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