Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday announced a coronavirus relief program that will dole out up to $580 million in aid to health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, New York, and South Dakota.
- Massachusetts: Boston Children's Hospital on Monday announced that Kevin Churchwell will become the hospital's next CEO, effective March 31, 2021. Churchwell currently serves as president and COO of Boston Children's and is an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Churchwell will succeed Sandra Fenwick, who is retiring, as the hospital's CEO (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/13).
- New York: St. Peter's Health Partners and Ellis Medicine have signed a letter of intent to evaluate the possibility of establishing a joint affiliation. The two organizations will examine the possibility over the next several months. From there, a final agreement to establish the affiliation would require approval from each health system's board, as well as state and federal regulators. According to Paul Milton, president and CEO of Ellis, that approval process could take at least six months (Dawes, Albany Business Review, 10/7).
- South Dakota: Gov. Kristi Noem (R) on Friday announced a coronavirus relief program that will dole out up to $580 million in aid to health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses in South Dakota. Under the program, $400 million will go to grants for small businesses affected by the coronavirus epidemic, $115 million will be awarded to health care entities that provide services under Medicaid or other state or federal programs, and $65 million will be divided among grants for hospitals providing acute care, startup businesses, and small nonprofit organizations (Associated Press, 10/9).