Category: Becker’s Hospital Review

Ozempic quells kidney disease risk, study finds

In a yearslong trial of more than 3,500 participants, Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic and Wegovy slowed the growth of chronic kidney disease and slashed the risk of heart attack, kidney failure, stroke and death. 

Ascension expects progress on IT outage soon

St. Louis-based Ascension said it expects patients and providers to notice progress on its cyberattack response after Memorial Day weekend.

CommonSpirit unlikely to pursue Steward's Arizona assets

Daniel Morrisette, CFO of Chicago-based CommonSpirit, said he doesn’t expect the health system to purchase Dallas-based Steward Health Care’s Arizona assets, but said they are evaluating potential opportunities. 

CommonSpirit, Ascension, Trinity: How the 3 largest nonprofit systems' finances stack up

Ascension, Trinity Health and CommonSpirit, which operate more than 380 acute care hospitals combined, reported substantial operating improvements in fiscal year 2024 to date, but executives at each system maintain there is still much work to do. 

Christus Health opens another heart institute

Sulphur Springs, Texas-based Christus Health will expand its services and open a new cardiology location.

WHO updates list of most dangerous drug-resistant pathogens

For the first time in seven years, the World Health Organization has updated its list of the most dangerous, antimicrobial resistant pathogens. The revised list includes 24 pathogens from 15 different families of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

How 5 health systems reined in patient portal messages

Health system chief medical information officers told Becker’s they’ve reduced patient portal messages for physicians with the help of both human colleagues and artificial intelligence.

Kaiser physicians vote to unionize

Resident and fellow physicians employed by Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California voted to join the Committee of Interns and Residents, a local chapter of the Service Employees International Union.

Texas medical center names chief nurse

Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, has appointed John Duran, MSN, RN, as its next chief nursing officer, the system announced May 17. 

SSM Health names 1st digital chief

St. Louis-based SSM Health has named its inaugural chief digital officer.