Kaiser, nurses union agree to new three-year contract; Mainland Medical Center to merge with Clear Lake Regional Medical Center;

> Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United agreed on a new three-year contract, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. The deal includes improvements for 17,000 RNs and nurse practitioners. Article

> HCA's Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, Texas, will merge with Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, under the Clear Lake Regional name, the Galveston Daily News reports. Article

> Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Mass., named Bill Walczak CEO, the Boston Globe reports. Article

> Bamberg County Hospital in South Carolina named Chris Mattingly interim CEO and CFO after a December decision to put the hospital's previous interim CFO on administrative leave during a financial audit, the Times and Democrat reports. Article

> Mobile Infirmary in Alabama had to pay a fine of $45,000 for patient dumping, the Office of the Inspector General reports. MI refused to accept the transfer of a patient who needed care for gastrointestinal bleeding. Ultimately, the patient was transferred to another hospital about 60 miles away and died. Blurb

And Finally... How do we know it was accidental? Article