Healthcare Roundup—RWJBarnabas Health eyeing merger; Detroit cardiologists allege cost cutting linked to patient deaths

Negotiations are underway for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in New Jersey, to join RWJBarnabas Health. (RWJBarnabas)

RWJBarnabas eyes acquisition of New Jersey hospital

Negotiations are underway for Trinitas Regional Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in New Jersey, to join RWJBarnabas Health.

In a statement to NJ Advance Media, Barry Ostrowsky, RWJB’s president and CEO, said Trinitas signed an agreement about six months ago "to explore a transaction." A decision is expected within the next 90 days, he said. (NJ Advance Media)

Stanford Hospital under investigation after nurses injured in attack

California regulators are investigating Stanford Hospital after an attack by a patient left two nurses injured earlier this month.

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The March 12 attack on a nurse by a patient in the psychiatric union left the woman, who is in her 70s, seriously injured. Another nurse who tried to intervene was also injured, KQED News reported. Palo Alto police did not learn about the incident until March 14. It is possible prosecutors could charge the patient with battery and elder abuse. (KQED)

Detroit cardiologists file lawsuit alleging cost cutting led to patient deaths

Two cardiologists who formerly worked at Tenet-owned Detroit Medical Center filed a lawsuit alleging they were fired after flagging safety concerns at the hospital, The Detroit News reported.

In the lawsuit, the doctors said they complained about dirty surgical instruments and unnecessary surgeries that resulted in patient deaths. It was publicly disclosed they lost their leadership positions for violating standards of conduct, but they claim they were fired for raising their concerns.

DMC declined to comment on the litigation to The Detroit News, but said "any suggestion that these leadership transitions were made for reasons other than violations of our Standards of Conduct is false.” (The Detroit News)

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