Merger negotiations stall between Landmark, Caritas Christi; Rick Scott's advisors doubt need for public hospitals;

> Merger talks between Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I., and Caritas Christi Health Care Systems have collapsed, the Providence Journal reports. Article

> Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott's advisors aren't convinced Florida needs public hospitals, the Miami Herald reports. They question whether subsidizing the state's public hospitals is a good use of tax dollars. Article

> More than 400 nurses plan to go on a one-day strike Thursday at Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital, WNEP reports. The nurses say they've not had a contract for a year and are understaffed. Article

> A fire that injured a patient and a St. Mary's Hospital employee in Grand Junction, Colo., was started intentionally with a cigarette lighter, fire investigators told ABC News. Article

> A former local businessman, Howard Thompson, and his wife, Margaret, left $2.3 million to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., WAVE3 reports. Margaret was a long-time volunteer at the hospital gift shop. Article

And Finally... That's cognitive dissonance for you. Article