Westchester Medical Center lays off 250 workers; IASIS Healthcare whistleblower case dismissed;

> New York's Westchester Medical Center announced it is laying off 250 people because of a budget shortfall of $61 million, reports The Journal News. The cut positions include 132 nurses, 105 Civil Service Employee Association workers, and 13 managers. Article

> Facing a $120 million state hospital budget deficit, California is planning to eliminate 600 jobs at state hospitals, reports Cal Coast News. Article

> Despite reimbursement penalties, few hospitals are using preventive methods for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Health System and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. News brief

> Ending a six-year lawsuit, Tennessee's IASIS Healthcare announced that a legal battle between the hospital system and a whistleblowing employee has been dismissed, reports the Nashville Business Journal. Jerre Frazier in 2005 accused IASIS Healthcare of illegally compensating physicians for making referrals to company locations for unnecessary procedures. Article

> Baptist Health System opened its first emergency hospital in San Antonio. "Equipped like conventional, large hospital-based emergency departments," according to a company press release, the Baptist Emergency Hospital will feature accessible emergency rooms that are different from urgent care centers. Press release

And Finally... They met over coffee. They married at Starbucks. Article