UMPC buys 7-hospital Pinnacle system, plans more expansion | "Warm handoffs" help overdose survivors get treatment | Study: Alternative medicine tied to worse outcomes in cancer
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August 17, 2017
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UMPC buys 7-hospital Pinnacle system, plans more expansion
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is undergoing the biggest expansion in its history, adding seven hospitals as part of its purchase of Harrisburg-based Pinnacle Health System. UMPC also plans to purchase another hospital in York and construct a 90-bed facility in South Fayette Township.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (8/14),  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/15) 
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"Warm handoffs" help overdose survivors get treatment
Pennsylvania wants to implement the policy of "warm handoffs" for heroin and opioid overdose survivors statewide. A warm handoff connects overdose survivors to immediate drug addiction treatment or to a caseworker who can provide help and support.
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (8/15) 
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Nursing Congress to meet in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Nursing Congress on Practice, Education & Policy -- the state's largest professional coalition of nursing organizations -- invites you to join us for the Fall 2017 Congress meeting. This group acts as a change agent as it brings nurses of diverse specialties to the table to collaboratively advocate for patients and the profession. Join us at the Giant Community Center, Harrisburg, on Sept. 15, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is $35/person (includes lunch). Registration closes Aug. 30, 2017. Register and be a part of the change.
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Forensic nursing education
PSNA will present "Forensic Nursing" on Sept. 11 in Harrisburg (1-3 p.m.). The event speaker, Jennifer McNew, has been a registered nurse since 2004 and a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) since 2005. She is certified as a pediatric SANE and adult/adolescent SANE. As a forensic nurse consultant, she provides trainings to forensic nurses, law enforcement, attorneys, child protective workers, victim advocates, health care providers, and the community. She has provided court testimony and qualified as an expert witness in the court of law. Registration for this event is required. Free to PSNA members, $40 for nonmembers.
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