Facing shortages of beds and remdesivir, South Florida hospitals halt elective surgeries

Judith J. Mercado

As South Florida hospitals canceled non-emergency surgeries on Wednesday to make room for a growing wave of patients with COVID-19, the health department told hospital pharmacies that the state has temporarily exhausted all supplies of remdesivir, one of the few drugs shown to be effective at treating the disease.

Florida’s case count began to rise two weeks after Memorial Day and has not declined since, with an additional 6,563 COVID-19 infections confirmed on Wednesday — raising the statewide total to 158,997 people since the pandemic began, with more than 30% or nearly 50,000 new cases reported in the past seven days.

The surge threatens once again to overwhelm hospitals in the regions where the virus has struck hardest, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

In Miami-Dade, which has had a total of 37,961 confirmed cases so far, more than any county in the state, Jackson Health System said it would

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My Immigrant Parents Came To The U.S. For A Better Life. Here’s Why I May Want To Leave.

Judith J. Mercado
The author. (Photo: Courtesy of Maz Do)
The author. (Photo: Courtesy of Maz Do)

More than 40 years ago, my father’s family fled the Vietnam War and came to America. He left behind his younger brother and my grandparents (they would take a separate journey), and settled in a refugee camp in the Midwest. He tells me that he would eat fish from the backwater creeks behind the camps ― fish that Americans would never touch, and though he got sick he continued to eat because food was food. Eventually the family moved to California and reunited under one roof. In those days, my father, his brothers and his grandmother slept together on one mattress ― they had fitful dreams, I’m sure.

My father made his way to UCSD, and there, he met my mother who left Indonesia to attend college in America. A decade later they married. In the ’90s, on a winning combination of hard

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Hillary Clinton says she ‘would have done a better job’ at handling the coronavirus pandemic

Judith J. Mercado
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her administration could have saved more lives and modeled “more responsible behavior” during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • “I know I would have done a better job,” Clinton told a Hollywood Reporter podcast on Friday. 

  • Her comments come amid mounting case totals in the US. The nation reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases on Friday: more than 56,000. 

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Hillary Clinton isn’t relieved to be outside the Oval Office right now.

“I will tell you, it’s frustrating to be on the sidelines in a pandemic,” the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast on Friday. 

She added that her administration would have been more successful at handling the coronavirus outbreak in the US.

“We wouldn’t have been able to stop the pandemic at our

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UnitedHealth’s Unit Ties Up With Boulder Community Health

Judith J. Mercado

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated‘s UNH health service business, Optum, recently forged a relationship with Boulder Community Health (BCH) to provide an enriched, seamless and affordable healthcare to patients residing in Boulder County and the surrounding communities.

Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business, brings in a wide array of capabilities to this unique tie-up, which in turn, will help BCH strengthen its clinical and operational performance. Like every other hospital and healthcare system, BCH is facing economic issues. This relationship will enable Optum to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, and BCH will be able to continue as an independent, community-based health system.

The newly-forged tie-up will offer enhanced services, scale and resources to BCH, comprising a host of essential functions covering data and analytics, revenue cycle management and care coordination. BCH clinicians and leaders take all vital decisions to make sure that the organization is run to fulfil

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