Salem Hospital contracts for convict labor; Girard Medical Center CEO steps down;

> Salem Hospital in Oregon is opening its doors to inmates by utilizing convict labor from Oregon State Penitentiary for laundry services. The contract may displace existing workers at Aramark Uniform Services, reports the Statesman Journal. Article

> CEO Kenny Boyd of Girard Medical Center in Southeast Kansas announced this week he is stepping down from his position in lieu of another CEO position at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Ill., reports the Pittsburg Morning Sun. Article

> The American Hospital Association is urging the White House administration to consider legislation to ensure care for undocumented immigrants, according to the organization's letter to the president. Critics of President Obama argue that the immigration issue has been on the backburner in favor of healthcare reform. Letter

> Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is going a national tour for the Partnership for Patients initiative, encouraging hospitals and medical center to reduce patient complications and improve facility safety. Article

> As physicians continue to work with physician assistants (PA), their views of the potential risk of lawsuits changes, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Seventy percent of emergency care physicians did not believe that PAs, when supervised, are more likely to commit malpractice. Study

And Finally... That's what I call "customer loyalty!" A 100-year old woman has a savings account dating back to 1913. Article