Former hospital board member ordered to repay $5K in unemployment; UCHealth to lease Memorial Health System;

> Oro Valley (Ariz.) Hospital is paying a patient $5 million after he left the hospital by himself on morphine and fell off a bridge, the Arizona Daily Star reported. After losing at the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Arizona, the hospital accepted the jury's decision that it acted unreasonably in discharging the patient without an escort and was responsible for his injuries. Article

> A former elected board member of Florida's Lee Memorial Health System lost his benefits and has been ordered to return unemployment pay of about $5,554, according to The Free-Press. Frank LaRosa applied for unemployment, saying he was "permanently laid off" from the health system after losing an election for another term. Article

> Winter Haven (Fla.) Hospital has narrowed its search for a partner by signing a letter of intent with nonprofit BayCare Health System in Tampa Bay, reported The Ledger. For the next four months, the two nonprofit hospitals will assess finances, among other things, to move the partnership forward. Article

> After facing more than $11 million in Medicare cuts in the past three years, St. Elizabeth Medical Center on Wednesday announced 10 layoffs. The New York hospital will offer most of employees the opportunity to apply to vacant positions for which they qualify. Announcement

> Matthew Scheidt, the Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant and practicing medicine without a license at Osceola Regional Medical Center, was found guilty yesterday, CNN reported. Article

And Finally… Officer, it wasn't me; it was my nonexistent twin. Article