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September 22, 2021

Around the nation: Mount Sinai names first female president

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    Mount Sinai Health System on Monday named Margaret Pastuszko as president, making her the first female president of the health system, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Georgia, and New York. 

    • District of Columbia: The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden will receive his Covid-19 booster shot on camera once it is fully approved for Americans ages 65 and older. Biden has received criticism for encouraging booster shots from some vaccine experts and the World Health Organization, who claim universal boosters aren't currently necessary. (Chen, Axios, 9/20)
    • Georgia: CDC will require Afghan evacuees to quarantine for 21 days and get vaccinated against measles after arriving in the United States. On Monday, CDC knew of 16 confirmed cases of measles and four cases of mumps among Afghan refugees and Americans who recently fled Afghanistan. CDC expects measles to spread between evacuees because of the close quarters during the evacuation process. Only 60% of people in Afghanistan have been vaccinated, and the country is seventh in the world for measles cases. (Sullivan, New York Times, 9/21)
    • New York: Mount Sinai Health System on Monday announced that its COO, Margaret Pastuszko, will be taking over as president—making her the first female president of a large academic health system in New York. The board said the leadership changes announced this week are designed to "better position Mount Sinai to weather future challenges," according to Modern Healthcare. (Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 9/20)

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