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February 22, 2021

Around the nation: Nebraska church wipes out $7.2M in medical debt

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    King of Kings Church in Omaha raised $35,000 to forgive a total of $7.2 million in medical debt for 2,700 people through a partnership with RIP Medical Debt, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Nebraska, and Ohio.

    • Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis (D) during his recent state of the state address honored Toni Moses, an ED nurse at UCHealth, for her work on the front lines of America's coronavirus epidemic while she was simultaneously undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 ovarian cancer. "I was at high risk," Moses said, but she added, "I think working is something I love. I've been a nurse for over 30 years and it brings normalcy to your life" (Boyd, CBS4 Denver, 2/17; Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/18).
    • Nebraska: King of Kings Church in Omaha raised $35,000 to forgive a total of $7.2 million in medical debt for 2,700 people in Arizona, Iowa, and Nebraska through a partnership with the nonprofit RIP Medical Debt. Greg Griffith, lead pastor of the church, said seeing other churches raise money to wipe out medical debt with RIP Medical Debt's help inspired him to work with his church to do the same (Melendez, WOWT, 2/17; Adams, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 2/18).
    • Ohio: Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital has named Timothy Barnett as the hospital's president, succeeding Donald Malone, who left last November to become president of Ohio Hospitals and Family Health Centers. Barnett most recently served as CMO of Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital and is currently an assistant professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/18).

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