Sacred Heart abruptly shuts down; Lung CT meets cost-effectiveness criteria;

News From Around the Web

> University Hospitals in Cleveland will merge with independent Parma Community General Hospital, reported The Plain Dealer.  University Hospitals officials hope to negotiate mergers with both Parma and Elyria's EMH Healthcare by the end of this year. Article

> Saratoga Hospital (N.Y.) plans to construct 10 operating rooms as part of a new surgery center to replace a 97-year old building, according to the Albany Times Union. The expansion will cost approximately $34 million. Article

> Without following Illinois' 90-day hospital closure notification, Sacred Heart Hospital abruptly shut down, reported the Chicago Tribune. Edward Novak, the owner of Sacred Heart, faces federal charges that include alleged kickbacks for patient referrals and a plot to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Article

> The once separate Shore Health System and Chester River Health Systems have joined together to form the University of Maryland Shore Region Health, reported Maryland Newszap. With the new system comes layoffs and service consolidations at Shore Health's facilities. Article

Medical Imaging News

> A joint task force of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section and the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologist has issued a consensus paper for technologists concerning education, certification and staffing requirements for PET/MR imaging. Article

> A cost-benefit analysis of the 2010 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), presented last week at a meeting of the National Cancer Institute's Board of Scientific Advisors and the National Cancer Advisory Board, has found that CT lung cancer screening meets the accepted criteria for cost effectiveness. Article

And Finally... Black bear breaks into zoo. Article