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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's emergency rooms are seeing a dramatic spike this year in the number of patients seeking treatment for heroin overdoses.

Data provided by the Virginia Department of Health shows that the state's emergency departments reported nearly 500 visits in the first four months of 2016 with heroin overdose as the primary complaint or discharge diagnosis.

That's roughly two-and-a half times the number of emergency department visits for heroin overdoses reported over the same period last year.

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Leaders in the faith community are forming a new network to help people get health care in their communities.

State and local leaders are scheduled to join them on Monday to launch the Maryland Faith Community Health Network.

It's a partnership between the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, LifeBridge Health and dozens of local houses of faith to connect hospital navigators and faith-based liaisons. They will coordinate community resources to support people who need medical care.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has regained its place atop U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best hospitals.

Last year, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was in the top spot, displacing Johns Hopkins, which had been ranked No. 1 for 21 consecutive years. Massachusetts General is ranked second for 2013.

Eighteen hospitals made the magazine's Honor Roll of the best hospitals in the country. To make the list, hospitals had to achieve a high ranking in at least six of 16 medical specialties.