Ohio Hospital Newswire

Ohio Hospital Newswire is published weekly for employees of member hospitals, media and community stakeholders interested in the hospital industry in Ohio. 

Newswire is a digest of hospital and health care news happening across the state. 

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Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 1

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, yesterday extended Ohio's stay-at-home order until May 1. The order takes effect April 6, when the current order was set to expire. Gov. Mike DeWine today explained said the essential business order has been "refined" to address safety concerns and confusion. Among the...

Manufacturing Alliance Takes on Shortages of PPE, Ventilators

Gov. Mike DeWine Wednesday at the Statehouse COVID-19 briefing introduced the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 and a website covering the effort, RepurposingProject.com. As hospital systems have worked to prepare for the oncoming surge, manufacturers have contacted the state seeking guidance on how they can help address one of the...

AHA Launches "100 Million Mask" Challenge to Aid Health Care Workers

The American Hospital Association last week announced a national initiative to secure millions of masks for health care workers, including physicians, nurses and caregivers treating COVID-19 patients. The effort will facilitate private sector partnerships to address these shortages in the fight against COVID-19. The 100 Million Mask Challenge...

CDC Reports Nonfatal Drug Overdoses on the Rise

According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, hospital emergency departments treated 4.3% more nonfatal overdoses in 2017 than in 2016, with the visit rate increasing for all drugs except benzodiazepines, including an increase of 32.9% for cocaine. The overdose rates for all drugs were highest among...

AHA Releases COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit

The American Hospital Association has released a COVID-19 social media toolkit, with the goal of increasing awareness of coronavirus resources and promoting healthy activities. Click here to view the toolkit.

COVID-19 Resources Available for Facility Management

The American Society for Health Care Engineering has added a web page to their site with updated resources for health care facility professionals dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include guidance around air quality, emergency preparedness, infection prevention and safety and security. The Ohio Society for Health Care Facilities...

U.S. House Passes Coronavirus Relief Legislation, Governor Signs Ohio COVID-19 Package

The U.S. House this afternoon passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748). The bill is the third large-scale congressional effort in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation provides financial relief and resources to individuals, families and businesses particularly hit hard by the COVID...

State Opens PPE Donation Channel

At yesterday’s COVID-19 Statehouse briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate personal protective equipment or any other essential service or resource, to email together@governor.ohio.gov.  The governor’s staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these...

Gov. DeWine Shares Surge Capacity Goals, OHA Resource Tracker

Gov. Mike DeWine shared his hospital surge capacity expansion goals with the public during yesterday’s Statehouse news briefing. He aims to double the state’s hospital capacity and will be monitoring the regional emergency planning networks in place and developing the plans for each area of the state. Ohio’s hospitals are...