Children's Mercy Kansas City CEO Randall O'Donnell said he is retiring due to "health challenges," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
- Missouri: Children's Mercy Kansas City announced that CEO Randall O'Donnell will retire from his position sooner than anticipated due to "health challenges." O'Donnell served as CEO of Children's Mercy for 25 years and was expected to continue in the position through the fall. However, now he intends to step down before November. Jo Stueve, EVP and COO, will serve as interim leader until Paul Kempinski takes over as president and CEO effective Nov. 2 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/23).
- Texas: University Health System plans to move forward with a $452 million expansion project. The hospital expansion will include the construction of a 302-bed women and children's tower the addition of a heart and vascular center in the hospital's existing Sky Tower (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/23).
- Washington, D.C.: Children's National Health System is expanding its pet therapy program after receiving a $270,000 grant from PetSmart Charities. The grant will allow the health system to increase the number of canine-and-handler volunteers and hire a full-time coordinator for the program. The health system estimates the expanded program will serve more than 9,000 patients per year, up from 480 patients in 2017 (Gilgore, Washington Business Journal, 8/15).
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