Sutter faces 11 patient lawsuits over data breach; Carolinas HealthCare to open free-standing EDs;

> The number of class-action lawsuits against Californian health system Sutter Health has reached to 11, reported the Sacramento Business Journal. Plaintiff attorneys are organizing all the suits over a data breach that affected 4.2 million patients as one giant case to make best use of resources and avoid duplicate efforts. Article

> More Massachusetts mergers are going forward: Lowell General Hospital and Saints Medical Center approved a definitive agreement to merge, according to the Associated Press. The deal still needs state regulatory approval. Article

> National Quality Forum President Janet Corrigan has resigned, the group announced yesterday. NFQ has launched a search committee to find Corrigan's replacement. FierceHealthIT

> In more healthcare merger news, University of Michigan Health System has reached an affiliation agreement with 14-hospital Trinity Health-Michigan, the organizations announced yesterday. The partnership will enable both systems to capitalize on accountable care organizations. Press release

> Carolinas HealthCare System received state approval to build two multi-million-dollar freestanding emergency departments, reported the Charlotte Business Journal. The Charlotte, N.C., system expects to open both facilities in the first quarter of 2014. Article

And Finally... Thirty-five percent of adults sleep with teddy bears. Article