While COVID-19 remains present in communities across the nation, Dr. Vincent Hsu, AdventHealth’s Infection Control Officer, expects the 2022-2023 flu season to be significant.  “It’s a little hard to tell how long or how severe it’s going to be,” Hsu said. “In normal pre-pandemic, it could be suggested that if you have an earlier start … Read more

Varun Shetty, MD, served at the Texas DSHS before being promoted to Acting Chief State Epidemiologist in October. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children across the country were at a critical juncture as hospital systems monitor the threat of a “tripledemic” this holiday season. Shetty spoke to … Read more

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This week’s newsletter includes information about Washington’s new Native-serving crisis line, reproductive health legislation being prepared in advance of next year’s legislation session, and hospital leaders’ concerns about constrained children’s hospital capacity in the wake of RSV. In case you haven’t heard, we also have our first conference … Read more

The Texas Hospital Association (THA) released a new report on Thursday that shows the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a profound financial toll on the state’s hospitals.      Hospital operating margins were 24.1% below 2019 pre-pandemic levels with nearly half of hospitals reporting negative margins in 2022.  Higher expenses and lower hospital volumes are threatening … Read more

As respiratory viruses surge with the onset of cold weather, Washington pediatric hospital leaders are worried their facilities won’t have enough capacity to care for a rapidly increasing number of sick kids.     Hospital leaders joined a Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) media session on Monday to discuss their concerns. WSHA Executive Vice President … Read more