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Hospitals, Statewide
Information was obtained from firm representatives, company websites and telephone interviews. Information on The List was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires and could not be independently verified by Pacific Business News. In case of ties, companies are listed alphabetically. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 19, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Sacramento strikes deal with health insurer that may bring up to 5,000 jobs
The city of Sacramento has signed an agreement with health insurance company Centene Corp. that may bring up to 5,000 new jobs to the city, according to city officials. “When completed, (the agreement) will represent the single biggest private-sector job recruitment in the city’s modern history,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. The agreement is said to be a first big step toward establishing a regional corporate headquarters for Centene (NYSE: CNC) in Sacram ento. The company's main headquarters… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 18, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Insurance brokers see increased demand in first weeks of Covered California open enrollment
Insurance brokers in the Sacramento area are reporting increased demand for their services from consumers trying to navigate the individual health plan market. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

St Vincent ’s opens new urgent care location
St. Vincent ’s Health System, part of Ascension health, held a ribbon cutting and blessing for the opening of a new urgent care facility in Homewood on Friday.  “Today was an exciting day, as we celebrated expanding our offerings to add another convenient access point within our community,” said Stephan ie Holderby, vice president of operations for St. Vincent’s Health System. “As a part of Ascension, we are committed to giving our patients the right care when and where they need it.” St.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Fair haven completes its renovation
Fair Haven, a Methodist Homes retirement community, has completed a $42.5 million construction and renovation project.   This renovation officially makes Fair Haven the largest continuing care retirement community and the first in Alabama to fully implement the Household Model for resident care.  The Household Models is a relatively new approach to how long-term care centers approach and house their patients and residents. “Methodist homes adopted the household model of care, we are the first… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

How do we fix health care in America? Colorado medical executive has some ideas
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright focuses on improving relationships and redefining metrics of success in new book, "Back to Balance." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

How to fix health care? Colorado medical executive has a prescription
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright focuses on improving relationships and redefining metrics of success in new book, "Back to Balance." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Doster begins renovation of UAB Hospital Highlands
Birmingham-based Doster Construction Company has recently started its renovation of downtown's UAB Hospital Highlands.   The 3,500-square-foot renovation will convert the existing sports medicine gym to seven new examination rooms. The rooms will be modeled after those that were recently added into the new Whitaker Clinic at UAB Hospital. Doster is working with the same owner and design team - UAB Health Service s Foundation and Gresham Smith& Partners of Birmingham.   “Doster suggested that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Hospital Emergency Rooms
Rank Business name / Prior rank Patient visits in 2016 Percent change Emergency department units Eme (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Hospitals and Hospital Systems
Rank Business name / Prior rank Patient days in 2016 Percent change Certified beds Specialty service (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Exclusive: Medistar to develop health care tower in Texas Medical Center
The health care-focused developer will break ground on the 550,000-square-foot health care tower in the second or third quarter of 2018. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Cara Smith Source Type: news

Baltimore pharmaceutical company acquiring North Carolina firm for at least $27 million
Baltimore pharmaceutical company Cerecor Inc. is acquiring another drug maker for up to $27 million in cash and common stock. Cerecor is buying TRx Pharmaceuticals LLC, a company based in North Carolina that was projected to do about $13 million in net sales this year. The transactions are expected to close today. Under the terms of the deal, Cerecor (Nasdaq: CERC) will make pay an initial $23 million for the purchase o f TRx — $18.9 million in cash and $4.1 million in Cerecor common stock. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Daring to defend our rights: Federal funding and Alabama ’s future
From Obamacare to Common Core, Alabama is known for being among the first to react in high-profile cases of D.C. overreach. Under the banner of the state motto, “We dare defend our rights,” Alabamians seem to share an innate sense of self-determination.  Yet, despite its long-standing reputation, the state has essentially welcomed much of the federal interference that jeopardizes voters’ treasured autonomy.  Case in point, a 2017 study ranked Alab ama the fourth most federally dependent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Leigh Hixon Source Type: news

Medical marijuana clinic plans expansion
Central Florida may see more locations. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Veronica Brezina Source Type: news

Owning a dog — or its clone — benefits your heart
Do you love your dog? I mean really love your dog? Would you pay $50,000 to clone it? It might be money well spent — because having a dog is good for your cardiovascular health, a new study found. There is a lot of research that shows that having a furry companion benefits humans in multiple ways, both social and physical. A new study from Swe den, for example, found that dog ownership significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease in people who lived alone. The study looked at 3.4… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Amazon says it ’s not selling drugs with some pharmacy licenses
That doesn't rule out the possibility that Amazon is considering a move into prescription pharmaceuticals. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Veritas CEO talks Charlotte expansion plans
Durham ’s Veritas Collaborative – which specializes in the treatment of eating disorders – is charting more growth. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Hospitals in transition in the Alamo City
Capital investment, facility changes and corporate restructuring are all part of the mix. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

St. Vincent's Healthcare plans to break ground on $55 million facility
St. Vincent's HealthCare plans to break ground on a $55 million project at its Riverside hospital this summer. The facility will be a heart and vascular pavilion at St. Vincent's Riverside. The project, which is in the design phase, will be located along the St. Johns River on King Street where Seton Hall previously stood. “Our new heart and vascular pavilion is an investment in those we serve and anoth er great example of how we’re able to synergize and leverage the combined strength, resources… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Derek Gilliam Source Type: news

How a 'semi-retired' Oregon doctor hopes to keep rural hospitals alive
Dr. Larry Mullins is stepping away from Corvallis-based Samaritan Health Services to lead a new nonprofit aimed at highlighting economic opportunities for community hospitals. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Erik Siemers Source Type: news

Hedge fund led by ‘World’s Most Feared Investor’ buys stake in South Florida company
Elliott Management, a $34 billion hedge fund, has acquired a 7 percent stake in Mednax and intends to engage company leaders regarding “strategic options.” In August, Bloomberg published an article called "Elliott Management head Paul Singer the 'World Most Feared Investor.'” The article said Singer’s activist investor strategy led to the ouster of Arconic Inc.’s CEO and a battle with fellow billionaire Warren Buffett ov er the takeover of Oncor Electric. He was also in the headlines for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Women rule the roost at Independent Health affiliates
The five subsidiaries of Independent Health have revenue exceeding $100 million. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Longtime UB medical school professor Peter Ayers Nickerson leaves $4.5 million bequest
Peter Ayers Nickerson spent a half-century teaching the University at Buffalo's medical school. A major bequest shows how much he appreciated that time. Nickerson, who died in February at age 75, left a $4.5 million gift from his estate to support several causes in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. They include: • $1.5 million to establish an endowed faculty positio n in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, where he taught for nearly 50 years. The position… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dan Miner Source Type: news

Guest Opinion: Here's a solution to soaring drug prices
There is so much rancor and finger-pointing these days over prescription drug prices that consumers are often left to wonder: Who is fighting on their behalf? (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. Edmund Pezalla Source Type: news

Centene names Cindy Brinkley president
Centene Corp. has promoted Cindy Brinkley to president and chief operating officer, effective Thursday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

The Big Move: John R. Oishei Children ’s Hospital
After years of planning, patients and staff settle in at John R. Oishei Children ’s Hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

WellCare CEO thrives on change (Video)
He has learned over his career the best way to transform an organization. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news

Hawaii's budding cannabis industry experiences growing pains
Only medical cannabis cardholders or individuals who are fingerprinted and background-checked by the Department of Health are allowed to enter a dispensary. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anna Hrushka Source Type: news

University of Houston approves medical school
A long time coming, the University of Houston Board of Regents has voted and approved establishing a college of medicine focused on primary care. The regents approved on Nov. 16 the results of a feasibility study requested by the Texas Legislature, according to a press release. UH hopes to immediately finalize a partnership with the HCA Gulf Coast Division to bring 103 first-year resident positions to the Houston area by 2020, with a total of 309 by 2024. The next step is to receive medical degree… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jen Para Source Type: news

Photos: Color and comfort become a part of care at Stanford's new children's hospital
Learning and growth need not stop when a child is being treated in a hospital, and healing involves more than just drugs and machines — those thoughts are part of the design and construction of the $1.2 billion addition to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto. Scheduled to open in December after five years of construction, the new 521,000-square-foot facility combines advanced medical technology, sustainab le construction practices and comforting aesthetics to ensure the speedy… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Vicki Thompson Source Type: news

House passes tax cuts, see why some Republicans voted against it
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a tax cut bill Thursday that cuts corporate rates and benefits small businesses and the wealthy. In Arizona, the state’s delegation split along party lins with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing. “H.R. 1 is a major step forward in tax policy. It provides relief from burdensome taxes for most Americans – individuals, families, and businesses,” said U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, a R epublican representing Phoenix’s East Valley. “We understand… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Sunnucks Source Type: news

Here's who won this year's ASU Spirit of Enterprise awards
The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University announced the winners today for its 21st annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the state ’s celebration of entrepreneurship. The university annually recognizes businesses that positively impact the local economy, while exhibiting the core values of the award: ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. The awards were announced during a luncheon at the Westin Kierland Resort& Spa in Scottsdale.   Here are this year’s award… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Hayley Ringle Source Type: news

UT Health San Antonio to invest nearly $90M to support MD Anderson deal
The payoff for the Alamo City is expected be a higher level of cancer care and research. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Choices opening temporary center and midwifery
While a local health care provider completes a capital campaign and construction for its new facility, it will also offer care at a temporary satellite site. Choices, also known as Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, will offer perinatal care and gynecology at 144 N. Bellevue Blvd. beginning January 2, 2018, while it works on its new Comprehensive Reproductive Health Center at 1203 Poplar Ave. Choices is trying to raise $4.2 million to cover land a nd capital costs for the 16,000-square-foot… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Providence St. V implants first iphone-compatible heart rhythm monitor on West Coast
The Abbott Confirm Rx ICM is injected under the patient ’s skin over the heart. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Catholic Health to spend $2.2M for share in surgery center
The hospital received the first of two required approvals to acquire a 40 percent stake in an Orchard Park surgery center. It was one of several local projects approved by a committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Veritas CEO talks Charlotte expansion plans
Durham ’s Veritas Collaborative – which specializes in the treatment of eating disorders – is charting more growth. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Riverside Health Foundation helps further medical education in Wichita
The foundation was founded in 1995. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Josh Heck Source Type: news

New York health officials OK first cross-state hospital merger
In the first of two required approvals, Olean General Hospital will come together in a merger with Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Does the Twin Cities health care startup scene beat out Chicago ’s?
Illinois has nothing on Minnesota when it comes to funding for health care technology startups, according research released this week. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Cincinnati CEO: Businesses neglecting mental health benefits will see ‘brain drain’
Dr. Paul Keck is CEO of Lindner Center of Hope. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Telemedicine pilot project offers new way to provide care for disabled
People Inc. is working with Catholic Health's Community Partners of WNY to use technology to provide better care for individuals with developmental disabilities. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Army vet gets things done at Gateway Longview
In her administrative position at Gateway Longview, Ebony Miller combines the mental toughness she developed in the military with a compassion for others that was instilled in her as a child. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jane Schmitt Source Type: news

IN PERSON: U of L Hospital leader remembers the tragic moment that solidified his career in health care
Everyone in the health care industry has a story like this that connects them to the business, said Ken Marshall. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David A. Mann Source Type: news

Bill Miller, Kris Jenner share stocks they've got their eye on
A rockstar panel of investors including Bill Miller and Kris Jenner offered their latest stock picks a charity event to raise money for a group of local nonprofits. About 200 attended the eighth annual Next Generation Investing event to hear the picks from the gurus make their picks. The panelists consisted of Miller, the esteemed investor who beat the S&P 500 15 years in a row; Kris Jenner, the former star portfolio manager for T. Rowe Price Group Inc. who now heads his own hedge fund; Jeff Rottinghaus, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Holden Wilen Source Type: news

Boston Children's reverses type 1 diabetes in mice
Researchers at Boston Children ’s Hospital are looking to begin clinical trials on a treatment that has the potential to cure type 1 diabetes using a patients own blood cells. Researchers from the hospital said they successfully used the treatment to reverse type 1 diabetes in mice. All the mice were cured of diabetes in the s hort term, and a third of the mice were cured for the duration of their lives. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “There’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Emory and Grady awarded $4 million to study Atlanta car crashes
Every year, more than 1,000 Georgians die in traffic accidents, and a new award to researchers at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital aims to reduce these fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave researchers at Emory University's Injury Prevention Research Center, Grady Memorial Hospital and the University of Michigan $4 million to study motor vehicle crashes in Atlanta that resulted in injuries treated at Grady. The funds wi ll help launch a Crash Injury… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

Drug maker pulls off rare feat — literally — with 1st drug approval
The North Bay company was started just seven years ago, went public nearly three years ago and on Wednesday landed FDA approval of its first drug, a treatment for a ultra-rare disease known as MPS VII that will cost $375,000 a year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

CFO of the Year winner: Joseph Wenger, Presbyterian SeniorCare
Joseph Wenger is a winner of a 2017 CFO of the Year award. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dan Casciato Source Type: news

UB researcher receives $2.4M to improve child welfare services for Native Americans
A University at Buffalo researcher is working to enhance services for Native American families involved in child welfare cases. Melanie Sage, an assistant professor in UB’s School of Social Work, received a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to gather evidence and produce resources to improve the services offered by state agencies. The five-year grant, from the Administratio n for Children and Families, was originally awarded before she came to UB… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news