Friday Fix: April 13, 2018

St. Joseph's Health Acquires New York Heart Center, the Volunteer Transportation Center Seeks Drivers, and A Soda Tax Decreases Sugary Beverage Consumption

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “St. Joseph’s Health acquires New York Heart Center”

According to this article in the Watertown Daily Times, St. Joseph’s Health — of Syracuse — recently acquired the New York Heart Center cardiology practice, which has offices in Watertown and Gouverneur.

This acquisition also includes the Heart Center’s 11 cardiologists, 88 other employees, and other locations in Syracuse, Cicero, Auburn, Oswego, and Pulaski. The Times reported that the transition of ownership is expected to be a smooth one and not impact operations or services to patients. Click here for the full story.

2. “Volunteer Transportation Center Seeks Drivers”

The Volunteer Transportation Center is looking for regular drivers to operate its four wheelchair-accessible vehicles, according to this news report from 7 News/Fox 28. The center, which helps drive people to medical appointments and other important health-related locations, said it needs around 8-10 volunteer drivers.

Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a clean driving record. Anyone interested is encouraged to call the Center at 315-788-0422. Click here to watch the full news report.

3. “Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax”

This article from NPR News takes a look at a new study, which supports the argument that people will drink less sugary soda if the price goes up.

Specifically, the study looks at residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and their drinking habits before and after a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks took effect. Results showed that Philadelphians were 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages on a daily basis after the tax went into effect. It also revealed that their consumption of water increased.

To read more about this study, click here.

See you April 27th for the next Friday Fix!

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