LSU hospitals face $29M budget cuts; Hospitals beginning multi-million dollar expansions in 2012;

> The CEO of HCA's Capital Regional Medical Center in Florida has stepped down to take the helm at CHS' Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas, reports WCTV. Article

> UC Davis Health System in California last week announced it is partnering with state of Sinaloa, Mexico, to increase access to healthcare for populations residing in remote rural areas. Through the partnership, UC Davis will share data and research on telehealth, scientific and technical development, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Press release

> Louisiana State University hospitals face more than $29 million in cuts to offset state budget reductions, reports The Associated Press. Thanks to the cuts, the seven-hospital system will layoff employees, reduce the number of available hospital beds, as well as eliminate programs, LSU System Vice President Fred Cerise said. Article

> Cancer death rates continue to drop thanks to improvements in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, according to new report from the American Cancer Society, reports ABC News. Deaths rates from cancer fell 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008. Article

> Seton Southwest Hospital in Texas broke ground yesterday on a $8.4 million facility expansion, according to Community Impact, the same day Electra Hospital, also in Texas, broke ground on its $11.4 million expansion project, reported the Times Record News. Meanwhile, Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Maryland is getting to ready for a $18 million expansion and renovation project, noted The Associated Press.

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