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The U.S. Supreme Court late July 3 granted a Chicago-area pri­vate col­lege a rare emer­gency in­junc­tion in an on­go­ing con­tra­cep­tion-man­date case, draw­ing a stern re­buke from Jus­tice So­nia So­tomayor. The court’s ma­jor­ity gave not-for-profit Wheaton (Ill.) Col­lege per­mis­sion not to sign a form in­di­cat­ing that it ob­jects to the HHS rule man­dat­ing all in­sur­ers to pro­vide cov­er­age for con­tra­cep­tive ser­vices for women. So­tomayor was joined in a 16-page dis­sent to the two-page or­der by Jus­tices Ruth Bader Gins­berg and Elena Ka­gan, who said the court was es­sen­tially mi­cro­manag­ing the HHS and rewriting its reg­u­la­tions for un­known and un­jus­ti­fi­able rea­sons.

Am­bu­la­tory- and long-term-care em­ploy­ment growth helped add 21,000 jobs in health­care in June, fig­ures from the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics re­leased Thurs­day show. Hospi­tal hir­ing was largely flat in a month that saw ro­bust jobs growth over­all. Last month’s em­ploy­ment gains in­creased over­all health­care hir­ing by 0.1%. Dur­ing the year that ended last month, health­care added 225,100 jobs, rep­re­sent­ing growth of 1.6%. The U.S. econ­omy, mean­while, added 288,000 jobs last month and un­em­ploy­ment dropped to 6.1%, its low­est level since Septem­ber 2008, the bureau re­ported.

Prime Health­care Ser­vices has closed on its $48.8 mil­lion ac­qui­si­tion of Gar­den City (Mich.) Hospi­tal, its first fa­cil­ity in Michi­gan. The deal marks an­other step east for the On­tario, Calif.-based for­profit hospi­tal op­er­a­tor. Sev­eral hos­pi­tals in New Jersey are on the brink of join­ing Prime as well. “There was al­ways the in­ten­tion of ex­pand­ing na­tion­ally,” Prime spokesman Ed­ward Bar­rera said. “It’s just where the best op­por­tu­ni­ties come.” Five hos­pi­tals in New Jersey—three within St. Clare’s Health Sys­tem in Denville, St. Michael’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Ne­wark and St. Mary’s Hospi­tal in Pas­saic—are ex­pected to be­come part of Prime by year-end.

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