Former President Donald Trump during an interview on Tuesday with Fox News urged Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19, calling the vaccine effective and "safe," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Missouri, and New York.
- District of Columbia: Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday during an interview with Fox News urged Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Trump called the vaccine "great," saying it "works" and is "safe." Trump said he "would recommend" the vaccine to "a lot" of people who are hesitant to get vaccinated. Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump received the vaccine in January (AP/CBS News, 3/17; Axelrod, The Hill, 3/16; Jackson, USA Today, 3/17; McGraw, Politico, 3/16).
- Missouri: Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center has announced that its CEO, Bryan Bateman, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Chris Jones, the hospital system's COO, will serve as interim CEO until Poplar Bluff's board, medical staff, and administration find a new CEO (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/15).
- New York: NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on Monday announced that it has opened its new six-story, 400,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center, called the Center for Community Health, the largest ambulatory care facility in Brooklyn. The surgery center houses a number of services, including oncology, digestive, and endoscopy services, and it features 12 ORs for ambulatory surgery, six procedure rooms for outpatient services, and a clinical trials office (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/15).