Hospital to pay patients $123.2M in sexual abuse settlement; Healthcare is the second most important issue to voters;

> Delaware's Beebe Medical Center is among several defendants that will pay hundreds of patients/victims a total of $123.2 million to settle a lawsuit involving a staff pediatrician charged with sexual abuse, The News Journal reported. The scandal led the hospital to near bankruptcy, but it avoided it through 17 months of mediation. Article

> California-based Prime Healthcare can proceed with its purchase of Rhode Island's Landmark Medical Center, according to a R.I. Superior Court judge, the Valley Breeze reported. Prime scooped up the troubled hospital only days after Steward Health Care's deal fell through. Article

> The American Hospital Association and Georgia Hospital Association are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Phoebe Putney Health System's proposed acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Georgia in an amicus brief. The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, along with the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, also filed an amicus brief supporting Phoebe Putney.

> Americans rank healthcare and Medicare as the second most important issue in the election, following economy and jobs, according to an analysis of national opinion polls from the Harvard School of Public Health released yesterday. Announcement

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