Fairfield AD Mark Hofer in hospital due to COVID-19; ‘I’m lucky to be alive’ | Sports

ELKHART — Fairfield Athletic Director Mark Hofer is currently in the ICU unit of Elkhart General Hospital battling COVID-19, he confirmed in a phone interview with The Goshen News Monday afternoon.

Hofer said he was “lucky to be alive.” He also said, depending on how much medicine doctors will need to administer to him, he hopes to be home in three to five days. After leaving the hospital, though, Hofer will have to remain on blood thinners, meaning he will be away from his job for an indefinite period of time.

“It’s been scary,” Hofer said. “Quite honestly, there’s some things that I have to evaluate in my life, in terms of what I’m doing. I mean, I’m 58 now. There are just some things I have to look at pretty closely; I’m not exactly Tiny Tim, obviously, although through this — if I’m looking at the weight correctly —

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Acute Care Measure Could Reduce Hospital Readmission Penalties

About one in four hospitals would see their penalty status change under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) if penalties were determined using “excess days in acute care” (EDAC), a more comprehensive measure of hospital use after discharge, instead of looking only at 30-day readmissions.

The EDAC measure captures all days spent in acute care settings within 30 days of discharge, including emergency department (ED) visits, observation stays, and unplanned readmissions.

In the study, published online October 13 in Annals of Internal Medicine, half of hospitals in the highest-performing group under the more blunt 30-day readmissions measure would fall to a lower-performing group if EDAC were used.

Conversely, a similar number of low-performing hospitals would jump to a higher stratum.

“We know that linking the 30-day readmission measure to penalties under the HRRP has led to intensified efforts to treat patients in the ED or as observation stays,” said

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London’s Nightingale hospital ill-prepared for a second wave, say health professionals

Research has shown that far fewer patients require ventilators than was previously thought, but the London Nightingale is designed for patients who have already been put on ventilators and require ongoing critical care.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, a specialist registrar in anaesthetics who chairs the Doctors’ Association, said: “Ministers appear to have been sitting on their hands and not learning the lessons from the first wave.

“You tend to have more patients that are not intubated and ventilated than are using other therapies. From a staffing point of view, it would also make sense to have it as a step down facility so you’re not then required to staff it with intensive care doctors and nurses who are already in short supply.”

Nicki Credland, who chairs the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, said: “What we have learned now is that patients, certainly from an intensive care point of view, are

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Children’s Hospital in Omaha unveils online COVID-19 information hub | Live Well

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha has unveiled a new COVID-19 information hub to help parents during the pandemic. 

The COVID-19 Resource Center for Families is a partnership between the hospital and Kohl’s Cares. It offers a one-stop shop for information on the coronavirus pandemic and how the disease impacts children.

“Information about this new virus is constantly evolving, with false science and full-blown myths about COVID-19 rampant online. Parents need fact-based information to help them prevent the spread of illness and safeguard their children’s physical and emotional health,” Melissa St. Germain, vice president and medical director of Children’s Physicians and Children’s Urgent Care, said in a statement.

Resources on the website,, include a symptom checker, mental health resources and information on testing and multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children. 

Hospital pediatricians will share their expertise through short videos, podcasts and articles. Users also can find resources from the

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Could Hospital Visit Records Help Docs Spot ADHD, Autism Early? | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Kids with autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go to the hospital more in their first year of life than children without these conditions, according to a new study.

These findings suggest that keeping track of hospital visits may be a new way to identify these conditions early and that might improve outcomes and lower health care costs, researchers say.

“This study provides evidence that children who develop autism and ADHD are on a different path from the beginning,” said study lead author Dr. Matthew Engelhard, a senior research associate at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

“We have known that children with these diagnoses have more interactions with the health care system after they’ve been diagnosed, but this indicates that distinctive patterns of utilization begin early in these children’s lives. This could provide an opportunity to intervene

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset expands outreach efforts in Latino community

After seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases among members of the Latino community this spring, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, launched bilingual outreach efforts to help area Latino residents prevent the spread of the illness.

Through more than 20 events over the past six months held in collaboration with local schools, churches, food banks, health departments and municipalities, the hospital’s Community Health and Diversity & Inclusion departments have distributed nearly 17,000 masks, 5,000 hand sanitizers and 5,000 soaps as well as Spanish-language educational materials.

The hospital has also formed a Latino Advisory Council with about 20 representatives from local government, businesses and organizations serving the Latino community to further expand its community outreach efforts.

As a result of input from the group, the hospital has launched a new online health education series in Spanish for members of the Latino community. Topics include the importance of

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Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include a Tik Tok dance and Wuhan’s coronavirus hospital

Among the 74 projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards is a prefabricated hospital in Wuhan that was erected in only 10 days, Tik Tok’s viral Renegade dance and a steak that is grown from the eater’s own cells.

a cake on a plate: Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

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Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

The annual awards, organised by London’s Design Museum, highlight projects from the last year that have made a real-world impact in the spheres of digital, fashion, graphic and product design as well as transport and architecture.

This year’s selected designs are on view in a dedicated exhibition from today until 28 March 2021. They are arranged in chronological order, effectively counting down to the months leading up to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The exhibition starts in January 2019 with Australian studio Jack and Huei proposing Bleached Coral,

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Radiothon raises nearly $100,000 for Hurley’s Children’s Hospital

FLINT, MI — A children’s hospital in Flint partnered with several local radio stations to raise $94,915 for its many services and programs that benefit young patients battling cancer and other illnesses.

The first and annual “Let’s Make Miracles” radiothon event for Hurley’s Children’s Hospital raised $94,915, with the help of radio stations CARS 108, Club 93.7, Banana 101.5, US 103.1 and 1470 WFNT. The event took place on Oct. 8-9 and was broadcast directly from the studios of Townsquare Media in Burton.

During the event, station talent shared heart-warming stories with Mid-Michigan families about their experiences at Hurley Children’s Hospital. In addition, three Dort Financial Credit Union employees shared their stories about the excellent care they received at Hurley Children’s Hospital and the lasting impact it made on their families’ lives, according to a Dort Financial Credit Union press release.

Proceeds from the event will fund services and programs

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Monday Close-Up: Utah children’s hospital morphs Springville resident into prehistoric superhero | Springville News

Twelve-year-old Skylar Skuza morphed into a Mastodon Dinozord on Thursday when his physical therapists at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City transformed his wheelchair into a Halloween costume of his choosing.

Skylar — a Springville resident who is paralyzed from the lower abdomen down due to spina bifida, a neural tube defect — initially wanted his costume to be a “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” Thunder Bike.

The sixth grader had a last-minute change of heart, however, and advised the hospital staff that he, instead, wanted to be the prehistoric mammal that the Black Ranger morphs into in the fictional superhero universe.

“We thought we were doing a motorcycle, and it turned into a mastodon,” said Matt Lowell, physical therapist and director of the hospital’s Wheelchair, Seating and Mobility program, as he knelt down in his navy scrubs to adjust the shiny tusks that he and others molded

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Ana Navarro husband was in hospital with coronavirus


Ana Navarro and Al Cardenas

Al Cardenas is one of the lucky ones.

The local lawyer and lobbyist was able to leave the hospital late Sunday night after a battle with COVID-19.

His wife, “The View” co host Ana Navarro, took video of his exit from the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, where Cardenas walked out on his own into a waiting car.

Their dog ChaCha smothered him with kisses as the 71-year-old native Cuban stands at the hospital exit in a mask.

“It’s been a scary and overwhelming few days. My husband got Covid,” wrote Navarro on Instagram. “After spending the first few days trying to beat it at home, he spent the last five days in the hospital. He’s fully recovered and doing well.”

The 47-year-old Nicaraguan went on to thank the doctors and staff, insulted President Trump’s handling of the pandemic and pleaded with

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