Hospitals urged to ban McDonald's; Partners HealthCare eyes last independent hospital in Boston;

> Ashland (Ore.) Community Hospital has agreed to exclusively negotiate a partnership with San Francisco-based Dignity Health, the former announced. Announcement

> The CEO of MedWest-Haywood Hospital in North Carolina will step down, effective April 27, reported the Citizen-Times. Meanwhile, the president and CEO of Columbus (Ga.) Regional Healthcare System's flagship hospital, The Medical Center, will resign, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

> Consumer watchdog group Corporate Accountability International is asking 20 hospitals to end food contracts with McDonald's and remove McDonald's restaurants from their facilities. Letter

> North Carolina legislators want to limit UNC Health Care's ability to grow and compete with local hospitals, including WakeMed, reported the News Observer. The two systems have had an often bitter rivalry, exchanging charges of physician poaching and quality-of-care issues. Article

> Partners HealthCare System, the largest hospital network in Massachusetts, is discussing a potential acquisition with South Shore Hospital, one of the largest remaining independent hospitals in the Boston area, according to The Boston Globe. Article

And Finally... Barbie is running for U.S. president again. Article