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January 10, 2019

Around the nation: Former MD Anderson Cancer Center president dies from brain cancer

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    John Mendelsohn served as president of M.D. Anderson from 1996 to 2011, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    • California: The Integrated Healthcare Association on Tuesday announced the launch of its Symphony Provider Directory—an online dashboard that is designed to reduce or eliminate errors in medical directories by allowing health care providers to update and send their insurance information to all insurers at one time. The association said the new dashboard will also allow insurers to access and import the providers' updates (Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 1/9).
    • Pennsylvania: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded researchers at Temple University a $3.47 million grant to fund a first-of-its-kind project to identify evidence-based approaches to helping pregnant women avoid excessive weight gain. Researchers will work with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food and nutrition program in Philadelphia for the project. Sharon Herring, principal investigator on the grant and an associate professor at Temple's Lewis Katz School of Medicine, said women with low incomes have the highest rates of obesity and hardly any resources for weight control during pregnancy (George, Philadelphia Business Journal, 1/8).
    • Texas: John Mendelsohn, former president of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, died Monday from brain cancer at age 82. Mendelsohn served as the third president of M.D. Anderson, from 1996 to 2011, before stepping down to serve as a faculty member until his retirement in August of last year (Pulsinelli, Houston Business Journal, 1/8).

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