Hospital CEO sentenced after embezzling hospital funds; Court approves planned layoffs;

> Former Danbury (Conn.) Hospital Chief Financial Officer William Roe was sentenced to up to 33 months in prison after embezzling $95,000 from Danbury Hospital and $75,000 from St. Rita Hospital in Lima, Ohio, reports The Danbury News Times. Article

> A New York state appellate court on Thursday ruled that Health and Hospitals Corporation can move forward with planned layoffs that include union workers, reversing a lower court decision last year, reports The New York Times. Article

> More than 2,000 hospitals are participating in the HHS national patient safety initiative, Partners for Patients. HHS cites a 100 percent participation rate by Iowa hospitals. News brief

> The Memorial Healthcare System will open the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, a freestanding children's hospital worth $140 million, in Hollywood, Fla., effective July 21. Press release

> Sixty-two percent of physicians say that patients are less likely to be referred to home health care because of new documentation requirements, according to a physician poll conducted by Fabrizio, Ward & Associates for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Seventy-three percent say that the documentation requirements will negatively affect Medicare. Press release

And Finally... Never too early to start: Even babies should fight obesity with exercise. Article