Provena Health, Resurrection Health Care Corp spend $18.4M on merger; More hospitals allow personal pet visits;

> Merged Illinois health systems Resurrection Health Care Corp. and Provena Health spent a combined $18.4 million on their merger. The remanmed Presence Health is the second largest hospital network in the Chicago region, reported Crain's Chicago Business. Article

> A program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., that helps patients, family members and healthcare professionals deal with an unexpected death or clinical event also contributed to improved physician communication skills and the creation of several patient safety initiatives, according to a study in the June 20 issue of AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange. Study

> Ninety hospitals will take part in a national initiative to improve breastfeeding support in hospitals, while senior administrators from the organizations will participate in a concurrent leadership track highlighting their important role in encouraging system-level changes, according to AHA News Now. News brief

> More hospitals are implementing personal pet policies that allow patients' own pets to visit them during their stay, reported ABC News. "When there is a patient in the hospital that will be here for a significant amount of time, we think it is important for them to have their entire family here," Texas Children's Hospital Assistant Director of Child Life and Social Work Jamie Snow told ABC News. "And some people consider their pets family members." Article

And Finally… An eye for an eye, hair for hair. Article