Zab Mosenifar said he's run 135,200 miles in his lifetime, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and Ohio.
- California: Zab Mosenifar, a 70-year-old Cedars-Sinai Medical Center physician, completed his 100th marathon this month. Mosenifar ran a 26.2 mile race on Catalina Island, which is considered the sixth-toughest marathon in the world, according to the Weather Channel. Mosenifar said he's run 135,200 miles in his lifetime, which is equivalent to traveling 5.6 times around the world. "I don't remember a day I haven't run in the last 50 years," Mosenifar said (Modern Healthcare, 3/16).
- Illinois: Colleagues of Tamara O'Neal, the ED doctor killed in the Mercy Hospital shooting last year, have created the Tamara O'Neal MD Scholarship Fund in her name. The scholarship will go to a first-year medical school student at the University of Illinois' Urban Health Program. If the group raises enough money for the scholarship, they will create a second scholarship for a fourth-year medical student and will make the awards "ongoing … from here on out," according to O'Neal's father, Tom. O'Neal's colleagues so far have raised $68,000 for the scholarship (Dudek, Chicago Sun Times, 3/17).
- Ohio: MetroHealth just raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective immediately. The increase, which applies to all employees, will result in an average wage increase of 12.1%. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of MetroHealth, said he made the decision based on an MIT analysis of the average cost of living in the area (Coutré, Modern Healthcare, 3/15).
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