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Business Briefing: St. Elizabeth’s makes an ‘A’ in patient safety

Will Buss
Will Buss

An independent hospital watchdog has awarded St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville an ‘A’ for overall patient safety.

The Leapfrog Group announced the metro-east hospital recorded 60 percent fewer patient falls and a 50 percent decrease in hospital acquired pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thromboembolisms as well as an 80 percent drop in urinary tract infections.

The hospital had recently implemented a new communications systems, Daily Performance Management, which allows hospital workers to work in real time with front line clinicians and identify potential risks for patient harm.

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Visa is buying sister company, Visa Europe, for more than $23 billion. The deal would consolidate all of Visa’s operations worldwide. Read more here.

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Visa’s announced acquisition of Visa Europe has been met with an initial 3 percent drop in trading on Wall Street, where overall, stocks, especially in the health care sector, are opening on a higher note on Monday. Learn more here.

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Visa Inc. has reported a 41 percent rise in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. The company cites lower legal expenses and higher payment processing volumes for the increase. Learn more here.

-Will Buss, BND business writer

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