Northwest Double Lung Transplant Removes Patient’s Terminal Cancer


NORTHWESTERN PERFORMS FIRST DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANTATION ON A PATIENT DETERMINING CANCER: Six months after undergoing a double lung transplant to replace his cancerous lungs, Chicagoan Albert Khoury no longer has any signs of cancer in his body, Northwestern Medicine said in a statement Thursday.

Lung transplantation for a patient with terminal cancer, a first at Northwestern, is extremely rare, the statement said.

The 54-year-old non-smoker was a cement finisher for the Chicago Department of Transportation when he was diagnosed in early 2020 with stage 1 lung cancer. Due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Khoury won’t was able to start treatment only in July 2020 and, despite chemotherapy, the disease progressed to stage 4 terminal lung cancer, he said in the statement.

“Lung transplantation for lung cancer is extremely rare with few reported cases,” said “For patients with stage 4 cancer, lung transplantation is considered a complete ‘no-no’, but as Albert’s cancer was confined to his chest only, we were confident we could remove all of the cancer during the surgery and save his life,” said Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine and executive director of the Canning Thoracic Institute in the release.Bharat is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University.

“Six months after the transplant, we are delighted with Albert’s progress. He doesn’t need oxygen and is leading a normal life,” said Dr. Young Chae, a medical oncologist at Northwestern Medicine’s Lurie Cancer Center.

Khoury’s success gives hope to other lung cancer patients, the statement said. Drs. Bharat and Chae are developing a new set of protocols to treat lung cancer patients at Northwestern Medicine, and they are currently in the process of starting a clinical registry to track these patients’ progress over time, the statement said.

ABBOTT CEO RECEIVES NEARLY $25M AMID COMPANY’S COVID GAINS: Abbott Laboratories CEO Robert Ford received a $4.5 million raise last year as the medical device company saw sales increase amid growing demand for its BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests . Ford, who became CEO in 2020, received compensation totaling $24.9 million in 2021, most from stock options, according to a recent filing by Abbott with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. .

Ford’s base compensation was $1.48 million, up from $1.29 million in 2020. The rest of his salary was made up of more than $17 million in stock options, approximately $3.16 million in cash bonuses and $2.7 million in retirement income.

Miles White, who served as CEO of Abbott from 1999 to 2020, remained with the company as executive chairman until the end of 2021. He received nearly $16 million in his final year at Abbott, according to the filing. His 2021 salary was down from $18.8 million in 2020 and $24.67 million in 2019. The decline was due to lower stock options, cash bonuses and retirement income, but White’s base salary remained constant over the three years at $1.9 million. READ MORE.

CHANGE INSTITUTE EFFORT TO TACKLE FOUR KILLERS IN COOK COUNTY: Cook County Health will seek to improve treatment outcomes for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke with the same intensity as with COVID-19, CEO Israel Rocha, Jr said Thursday.

Starting with the most deadly conditions for Cook County residents, CCH will focus on what can be changed and how early action can improve outcomes.

For example, Rocha said, there are about 10,000 heart disease deaths each year in Cook County, “almost as many as there have been COVID deaths,” so the next push is obvious.

The setting for this new conversation is CCH’s Change Institute, a new think tank dedicated to “disrupting what isn’t working” in county health care. Rocha announced the launch from the institute on Wednesday.

The push will include conversations with businesses, community groups and other health care providers, he said. The plan is to find ways to start early intervention by getting people into primary care, giving them access to specialists and providing advanced services at the county level, he said.

The inspiration is “the impossible things that have been done to slow the spread of infection and fight COVID-19,” he said. “We don’t want to let that pass.”

“If you look at what we did, we first educated, explained to people what the problem was and what our challenges were,” he said. “Then we collaborated, involving everyone to make sure we were doing all the right things.”

The third element, he said, was actions ranging from masking and distancing to establishing mass vaccination centers and establishing protocols and interventions to get people vaccinated.

“Our approach will be the same,” Rocha said. “We have to match that intensity.”

HEALTH PULSE LETTER: Responding creatively to the shortage of providers: In the face of current health care workforce shortages and an impending shortage of physicians in medically underserved communities, it is clear that more trained physicians are needed to fill the growing physician gap. in the country, writes Michael Horowitz, President and Founder of TCS Education Solutions. To keep up with demand, medical education must evolve by training doctors of the future not just to treat patients, but to be prepared for the unknowable problems of tomorrow, Horowitz says.

ABBOTT BLOOD SUGAR MONITOR GETS BIG COVERAGE EXTENSION IN JAPAN: Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitoring system will be covered for all people with diabetes who use insulin at least once a day, the company said in a statement.

The reimbursement decision from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare comes into effect on April 1 and is the first blood glucose monitoring system to receive coverage.

“The best healthcare solution is the one that helps the most people, which is why we designed our FreeStyle Libre system with access and affordability in mind from the start,” said Jared Watkin. , senior vice president of Abbott’s diabetes care business.

SURVEY SHOWS PHYSICIANS WILL ADOPT TELEHEALTH: A national physician survey by the American Medical Association shows enthusiasm for telehealth and no slowdown in its use going forward, the Chicago-based physician association said.

The vast majority of responding physicians, nearly 85%, said they currently use telehealth. Physicians said telehealth will be useful in the future for chronic disease management and ongoing medical management, care coordination, mental/behavioral health, and specialty care.

While Congress recently expanded the availability of telehealth for Medicare patients beyond the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the AMA said in a statement, the federal government should permanently provide the access to Medicare telehealth services.

Widespread adoption of telehealth “is premised on preventing a return to the previous lack of insurance coverage and little or no payer reimbursement,” the AMA said. “Payers, both public and private, should continue to evaluate and improve policies, coverage and payment rates for services delivered via telehealth.”

AHA INVESTS IN HEALTH EQUITY: The Chicago-based American Hospital Association is taking a direct approach to facilitating health equity by providing capital and support to investment firms with a focus on patient-led personalized healthcare startups. women and people from racial and ethnic minority communities.

The AHA has invested in SteelSky Ventures, a women-led fund with a portfolio focused on maternal health, telehealth and home care services, and artificial intelligence tools for chronic disease management, it announced Tuesday. the business group.

This is the organization’s second such investment in a planned series of four, said Doug Shaw, AHA’s senior vice president of business development. In January, the association joined a group of healthcare organizations and financial institutions that invested $55 million in Jumpstart Nova, a fund led by Marcus Whitney that plans to exclusively support technology companies from health with black founders. AHA has not disclosed the value of its investments. READ MORE.

AURORA LAWYER HAS SEEN SLOWER LABOR EXPENDITURE GROWTH THAN MOST: Attorney Aurora Health’s payroll, salary and social costs have increased just 3.2% from 2020 to 2021 in the 26-hospital system in Wisconsin and Illinois, Attorney Aurora reported Monday. National spending on hospital labor jumped 13% during that time, according to Kaufman Hall.

Attorney Aurora didn’t have to rely on staffing agencies as much last year because he didn’t cut benefits, lay off staff or lay off employees, the nonprofit said in a statement. a statement. Wages for contract workers jumped 44% from 2020 to 2021, according to data from Kaufman Hall. READ MORE.

BIDDERS FOR BOOTS SEEK PRIVATE CREDIT: Bidders at UK pharmacy chain Boots are considering using private credit for the riskiest parts of a debt financing worth around $5.3 billion, people familiar with the matter have said, so that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is dampening banks’ appetite for risk. Walgreens Boots Alliance began the process of selling its Boots unit in January. The sale attracted several potential buyers, including Sycamore Partners, Apollo Global Management, TDR Capital and the Issa brothers, who bought British grocer Asda Group Ltd. last year, the sources said, asking not to be named as the talks are private. READ MORE.

DPI CAN ADVANCE ON THE SOUTH LOOP LAB SPACE: Plans for the large Discovery Partners Institute research facility in the South Loop took a significant step forward this week as Related Midwest announced it had transferred title to an acre of land near the southwest corner of Related’s property, The 78.

DPI said the action paves the way for the construction of its first building, a more than $250 million, 261,000 square foot structure that will house classrooms, labs and offices. Construction is expected to begin next year, said DPI executive director Bill Jackson, with completion “in late 2025 or early 26”. READ MORE.


Dr. Pedro L. Delgado was named Dean of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, part of Adtalem Global Education. Delgado has 35 years of experience leading academic medical programs, including serving as acting dean of the AUC.


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