Upgrades at MetroHealth
The Cleveland-based MetroHealth System is planning a $1.3 million renovation of its behavioral health inpatient unit, a handful of years before the site will be demolished as part of the overall campus transformation plan, the Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.
The improvements to the unit are in response to new safety recommendations from the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, designed to reduce the risk of suicide in health care facilities. The recommendations namely seek to reduce ligature risk, or patients’ ability to hang or asphyxiate themselves.
“To be extra careful, we are deciding to redo the entire areas in which there are ligature risks,” Akram Boutros, president and CEO of MetroHealth, said Wednesday morning during a board meeting.
MetroHealth has not had a strangulation incident in the unit, a spokeswoman confirmed.
U.S. to offer solar sector prize
After imposing tariffs opposed by much of the U.S. solar industry, the Trump administration is offering a $3 million prize to revive domestic solar manufacturing.
The Energy Department said Wednesday that the American Made Solar Prize would help “reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace.”
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump decided to impose tariffs of up to 30 percent on most imported solar cells used in solar panels.
A federal trade panel recommended the tariffs, which had been sought by two U.S. manufacturers.
Most of the U.S. solar industry revolves around installing solar systems for homeowners and utilities, and those companies largely opposed the tariffs. They say tariffs will raise their costs and make solar less price-competitive with other energy sources.
Hyundai announces recall
Hyundai is recalling nearly 88,000 cars in the U.S. because an electrical short in the antilock brake system could cause engine-compartment fires.
The recall affects certain 2006 Sonatas and 2006 through 2011 Azeras.
Hyundai says in government documents posted Wednesday that water can get into the antilock brake module and cause a short. The module can overheat and cause a fire even when the cars are turned off. Hyundai said there is no need to park the cars outdoors until repairs are made.
Dealers will install a relay in the main electrical box to shut down the antilock brake modules while the cars are turned off. The recall should begin Feb. 23.
Meg Whitman to lead startup
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.
The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.
Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.
Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month.
American, Delta revive pact
American Airlines and Delta are reviving a deal that lets them put passengers on each other’s planes when travelers are stranded by disruptions such as winter storms and computer outages.
The new deal took effect on Wednesday.
The airlines aren’t disclosing financial terms such as how much they charge to accommodate the other’s passengers.
American and Delta are the nation’s two largest carriers. They stopped cooperating to handle each other’s stranded passengers in September 2015.
Compiled from staff and wire reports.
Business news briefs, Jan. 24: MetroHealth upgrading behavioral health unit