NantWorks, the Culver City company controlled by billionaire physician Patrick Soon-Shiong, has taken over the operator of half a dozen California hospitals, including St. Vincent Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles and St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
NantWorks acquired a controlling stake in Integrity Healthcare, which in 2015 took over management of six hospitals from the struggling nonprofit Daughters of Charity Health System. The hospital chain now goes by the name Verity Health. (Los Angeles Times)
Desperate for a deal to save its beleaguered hospitals, Bay Area-based Daughters of Charity Health System was left at the altar this spring when California’s Attorney General told its prospective new owner it must keep most of the hospitals open for at least 10 years.
A germ-fighting robot, called TRU-D, has been credited for dramatically lowering in-hospital infection rates at O’Connor Hospital.
TRU-D, less affectionately known as the Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector, uses focused light to destroy germ and virus molecules–an intensified version of grandmother’s method of hanging linen on the line. (San Jose Mercury News)
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