Hospital bans outside bedding to prevent bedbug infestations; NOW, union launch ad campaign urging trustees to oust Levy;

> To prevent bed bug infestations, Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, N.C., implemented a policy that prohibits outside bedding from the hospital, reports. According to a hospital spokesman, bed bugs were discovered in a waiting area outside the ICU, where people often bring their own linens for overnight stays. Article

> The Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women and the state's largest healthcare union bought print, TV, radio, and billboard ads as part of a campaign to urge trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to oust CEO Paul Levy, the Boston Globe reports. Article

> Because no background checks were performed, at least 210 people who were convicted of crimes such as rape, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon are permitted to care for some of California's most vulnerable residents under the government's home health aide program, the Los Angeles Times reports. Article

> Kimberly Lumia, who has served as CNO at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., has been named the hospital's new president and CEO, the Republican-American reports. Article

> Akron's Summa Health System has named Tom DeBord president of Summa Barberton and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman hospitals in Ohio, MedCity News reports. Article

> Maine regulators have tentatively approved plans to build a new 226-bed MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Maine, the Kennebec Journal reports. Article

And Finally... Here's another way a vegetable can save your life. Article