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April 25, 2018

Around the nation: Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan inch closer to announcing health care CEO

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    A source familiar with the matter told Axios' "Pro Rata" that the companies plan to pick a CEO for their joint health care venture within two months, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Louisiana, New York, and Wisconsin.

    • Louisiana: Women's and Children's Hospital President and CEO Kathy Bobbs died on Saturday of an apparent heart attack. Bobbs, 59, had served as Women's and Children's president and CEO since 2000 and worked at a number of HCA Healthcare facilities in Arkansas and Louisiana. Bobbs is survived by her husband, five children, and 11 grandchildren (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/23).

    • New York: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase are expected to select a CEO for their health care initiative within the next two months, a source familiar with the process told Axios' "Pro Rata." According to the source, the companies are expected to hire a CEO from a pool that includes candidates—including people who are currently working and some who are not—representing experience in the private and public sector (Noto, New York Business Journal, 4/24; Primack, "Pro Rata," Axios, 4/24).

    • Wisconsin: Officials in several state counties—including La Crosse, Trempealeau, Onalaska, and Galesville—are warning residents about potential exposure to measles. Earlier this month, county health departments in La Crosse and Trempealeau were notified about an out-of-state visitor who was sick with the disease in its contagious stage, and officials are now reaching out to people who may have visited exposed locations to assess their risk (AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/23).

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