Wexner Medical Center

Carlos Del Rio, center, with his wife and kids.
Courtesy of Carlos Del Rio

For Carlos Del Rio, it started last week with a headache that felt like a hangover.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state Department of Health ordered all hospitals to halt elective surgeries, hoping to free up equipment and staff for a predicted surge in COVID-19 patients.

Ohio had 67 confirmed coronavirus cases in 16 counties as of Tuesday and 17 people have been hospitalized.

Health officials say the second COVID-19 case in Columbus appears to be the result of community spread.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
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Ohio's Department of Health has issued a public health order telling medical centers to stop all elective surgeries and other procedures, in an effort to free up staff and equipment for dealing with COVID-19 coronavirus.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus, is spreading rapidly in the United States, with 164 cases and 19 deaths reported so far. Ohio does not have a confirmed case yet, but local hospitals are preparing for when it inevitably hits the community.

Wellness Wednesday: Treating Sepsis

Jan 29, 2020
The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

New research at Ohio State University could lead to better treatments for the number one cause of death in hospitals: sepsis.

Ohio State University doctor Sophia Tolliver attends to a patient.
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A new Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center study finds that doctors may lack the knowledge to help African American women overcome a specific barrier to exercise.

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The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center is hosting a statewide conference to raise awareness about physician suicide.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center is trying a new pilot program to share patient information between emergency medical services and the hospital. 

Carlos Malvestutto works on infectious diseases at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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There are about 230 new cases of HIV in Franklin County every year, mostly among people aged 25-29. On Thursday, celebrated as National HIV Testing Day, free testing is available at multiple locations across the city. 

Dr. Harold Paz, an executive at Aetna, was picked as the next health chancellor for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
Aetna

The Ohio State University officials have named an Aetna executive as health chancellor for the Wexner Medical Center.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will open a new outpatient center in Dublin. This is the third clinic Ohio State has announced as part of an expansion of its ambulatory care network. 

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

An Ohio State doctor has shown a hormone called aldosterone can lead to Type 2 diabetes. The effect is even more pronounced for African- and Chinese-Americans.

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As a child of Costa Rican immigrants, second-year medical student Miguel Ruiz grew up in a predominately Hispanic community in Miami. His family went back and forth from the U.S. and Costa Rica before settling down in Florida, so he was able to observe the differences in the health care systems between the two countries.

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The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center is moving forward with plans for a new medical center tower.

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In February 2009, Samantha Pierce became pregnant with twins. It was a time when things were going really well in her life.

She and her husband had recently gotten married. They had good jobs.

"I was a kick-ass community organizer," says Pierce, who is African-American and lives in Cleveland. She worked for a nonprofit that fought against predatory lending. The organization was growing, and Pierce had been promoted to management.

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