HCA named one of most ethical companies; Discount generic drug programs could save billions of dollars;

> Hospital Corporation of America has been named one of the world's most ethical companies, reports the Wichita Business Journal. This is the second consecutive year Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to sharing best practices, recognized HCA. Article

> Drug-related poisoning causes nearly 700,000 emergency department visits each year, according to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Drug-related poisoning deaths are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury death. Press Release

> Sarasota Memorial Hospital tested its emergency readiness during a recent mock disaster drill, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. There were dozens of  hospital, police, fire and emergency rescue personnel searching for and rescuing construction workers and "patients" injured and killed when a 250-ton crane "crashed."  Article

> A St. Cloud Hospital nurse was suspended for transmitting bacterial infections to patients...while stealing their pain medication‎, reports the Minneapolis Star Trubine. According to the hospital and state health department, many other patients could have been infected. Article

> Filling prescriptions through a $4 generic drug program could save nearly $6 billion, concludes a study in in the March 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Such discounted generic medication programs are available at many retail stores' pharmacies. Article

And Finally... Hooters and hoops, just what the doctor ordered. Article