News Briefs for October 17, 2019
News reports from Loma Linda University Health; Southern Adventist University; ADRA International; Adventist Health and the Tui Ridge Pathfinder Camp in New Zealand:
From a Loma Linda University Health news release: Loma Linda University Health researchers have been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) for their outstanding research on vancomycin, an antibiotic to treat MRSA infections in critically ill patients.
Lead researcher of the study, James Truong, PharmD, accepted the award during the annual meeting of the ACCP on September 15. Truong was an infectious disease fellow at Loma Linda University Medical Center when the study was completed, working under the leadership of Steven Forland, Pharm D, a clinical pharmacist and infectious disease specialist at the Medical Center and an associate professor at Loma Linda University Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.
On October 14, (and for the 17th year) auto service students at the Southern Adventist University Industrial Technologies Program offered free vehicle inspections at the local Samaritan Center. The idea was to be of service while getting hands-on experience.
Today was International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. ADRA International stated on its Facebook page that a woman’s earning potential grows up to 25% for every year of secondary school she finishes. ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) invites supporters to contribute to the eradication of poverty by signing their petition for the rights of every child to be in school. Learn more at ADRA.org/InSchool
Roseville, California-based Adventist Health is bringing back hundreds of jobs that the system outsourced to Cerner Corp for revenue cycle (patient care and billing) services. AH has offered to hire 1500 Cerner employees in the patient financial services and health information management area. The initial outsourcing to Cerner happened in January 2018 with cost-cutting named as a driver for the action.
Auckland, New Zealand-based public health authorities are saying that some of the 1200 children and adults that attended an Adventist camp in the area of Rotura on the country’s North Island, may need to go into quarantine after it was discovered that a child at the camp had measles. Those who are not immune to the disease may require quarantine. The infected child was at the Tui Ridge Pathfinder camp on October 5 and 6.