Union strikers at board member's house; California mandates public infection reports;

> Union workers on strike at Salina Valley Memorial Hospital in California moved the protest from hospital grounds to the home of the hospital treasurer, reports Central Coast Fox News. Strikers say the hospital engaged in unfair labor practices. Report

> A San Francisco judge this week ruled that California hospitals must report hospital infection rates, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Department of Public Health will start posting hospitals' infection rates on its website starting in January. Article

> The CEO of Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home in Martin, S.D., said the hospital is on the verge of closing because of outstanding emergency room bills, amounting to nearly $1 million from the Indian Health Service, reports Rapid City Journal. Article

> A Montgomery County judge denied a Bethesda, M.D., citizen's association's attempt to block Suburban Hospital's expansion, reports The Washington Post. The hospital plans to knock down hospital-owned houses for a four-story parking garage. Article

> Even though bypass surgery has decreased in recent years, more hospitals are offering cardiac surgery and are thus duplicating unnecessary services, according to a new study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Study

And Finally... Why human blood is like a dinosaur's. Article

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