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October 9, 2020

Around the nation: Lurie Children's Hospital to launch food delivery program

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    Lurie Children's Hospital's new program will deliver groceries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository to more than 100 families experiencing food insecurity, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Florida, and Illinois.

    • District of Columbia: Rick Bright, the former head of NIH's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who had filed a whistleblower complaint over the Trump administration response to America's coronavirus epidemic, on Tuesday resigned from the federal government. Bright alleged that he had been inappropriately reassigned to a different position at NIH after filing the complaint, and Debra Katz and Lisa Banks—lawyers representing Bright—said he "was forced to leave his [new] position at NIH because he can no longer sit idly by and work for an administration that ignores scientific expertise, overrules public health guidance, and disrespects career scientists, resulting … in the sickness and death of hundreds of thousands of Americans." An NIH spokesperson confirmed to Politico that Bright had resigned, effective Tuesday, but added that the agency "does not discuss personnel issues beyond confirming employment." According to Politico, HHS declined to comment on the matter (Diamond, Politico, 10/6; Florko, STAT News, 10/6).

    • Florida: Memorial Healthcare System on Tuesday announced that its SVP and CMO, Stanley Marks, has retired. Marks, a general and vascular surgeon, joined Memorial Healthcare in 1978 and became the health system's CMO more than two decades ago. During his tenure, Marks served as a Covid-19 incident commander, advocated for graduate medical education, and created Memorial's human research office to support physicians and researchers. Memorial has tapped Tom Macaluso to serve as the health system's interim SVP and CMO, as well as the system's incident commander for Covid-19, catastrophes, and hurricanes (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/6).

    • Illinois: Lurie Children's Hospital will use a $150,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to launch a food delivery program to help patients and their families who are experiencing food insecurity. The grant will cover the cost of social workers and other employees who will oversee the program, which will deliver groceries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository to more than 100 families in need (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/6).

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