Hospital Roundup—Hospital-acquired pneumonia pervasive, costly; Mayo Clinic's Noseworthy to retire

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A new study finds hospitals aren't doing enough to prevent hospital-acquired pneumonia; even a 50% cut would save $2.43 billion a year, researchers say. (Image: Getty/sudok1)

Steward Health Care goes international, partners with Malta's government to operate hospitals

Steward Health Care System is expanding its influence overseas by partnering with the government of Malta. Steward is the latest provider to look abroad for growth opportunities, a trend that has some of the largest hospitals and health systems in the U.S. looking to Asia and other regions. (FierceHealthcare)

Healthcare lay-workers can prevent readmissions among high-risk patients

Hospitals that aim to reduce readmissions among high-risk patients may want to hire healthcare lay-workers, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Kentucky piloted such a program at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, a 159-bed rural hospital in Morehead, Kentucky. Hospitalized adults deemed at-risk for readmission within 30 days were targeted for the intervention, according to the study published in Health Education Research. (FierceHealthcare)

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Mayo Clinic makes history with its “You Are” fundraising campaign

The Mayo Clinic has wrapped of one of the largest fundraising campaigns ever conducted by an academic medical center in the United States, its board announced. “You Are … The Campaign for Mayo Clinic,” which ran from 2010 to 2017, raised a total of $3.76 billion, exceeding its $3 billion goal one year early. The campaign focused on strengthening and advancing Mayo’s strategic priorities in patient care, research and education. (Mayo Announcement)

Mayo Clinic’s John Noseworthy to retire; search begins for new CEO

Mayo Clinic’s longtime president and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., will retire at the end of 2018, and the world-renowned organization will soon begin a search for his replacement. The organization announced Noseworthy’s planned retirement along with its performance report for 2017, which leaders describe as one of its strongest years in terms of quality, safety, education and clinical practice. (FierceHealthcare)

Hospitals aren’t doing enough to battle hospital-acquired pneumonia

Hospital-acquired pneumonia is more pervasive and urgent than previously thought and patients in all types of hospital units are at some risk, according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control. And hospitals aren’t adequately addressing prevention. “If a U.S. national effort was made to address [nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia], we predict that with appropriate intervention to prevent NV-HAP by even 50%, we could save approximately 9,886 lives, 487,622 extra hospital days and $2.43 billion a year, the authors said. (AJIC study)