The Supreme Court has scheduled a special session to hear oral arguments on the Biden administration's vaccine mandates for large businesses and health care workers, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Ohio.
- California: Kaiser Permanente named Marcus Hoffman SVP and CFO of its Hawaii and Southern California markets. Hoffman had been serving in the role on an interim basis for the past nine months. He previously served as vice president of financial planning and analysis for the health system's Southern California market and area CFO for the Orange County service area. Kaiser's Hawaii market includes 20 facilities, and its Southern California market covers 12 service areas. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/21)
- District of Columbia: The Supreme Court on Dec. 22 announced that it will hold a special session on Jan. 7 to hear oral arguments regarding the Biden administration's vaccine mandates for large businesses and health care workers. Both mandates have faced multiple lawsuits from businesses and religious institutions as well as GOP-led states—and some lower courts previously blocked the enforcement of the mandates. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the Biden administration is "confident in the legal authority for both policies and the [Justice Department] will vigorously defend both at the Supreme Court." (Chen, Axios, 12/23; AP/Modern Healthcare, 12/22)
- Ohio: Premier Health announced last month that Michael Riordan will take over as the health system's new president and CEO, effective Jan. 31. Riordan will succeed outgoing CEO Mary Boosalis, who is retiring after more than 35 years with the health system. "We believe [Riordan] will complement Premier Health's culture, with his proven track record of mentoring and developing talent, seeking input from frontline staff, and valuing diversity and inclusion," said Anita Moore, chair of the Premier Health board of trustees. (Schroeder, Dayton Daily News, 12/21)