The House on Friday voted 220-204 to legalize marijuana nationwide, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, New York, and West Virginia.
- District of Columbia: The House on Friday voted 220-204 to legalize marijuana nationwide—a move that would decriminalize the distribution and possession of cannabis. In 2020, the House passed a similar bill, but the GOP-led Senate blocked the measure. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that the bill will pass in the Senate with increased public support and a Democratic majority. However, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said earlier this week that the House bill will most likely not pass the Senate and that senators are focusing on their own proposal. (Cioffi, Roll Call, 4/1; Marcos, The Hill, 4/1)
- New York: NYC Health + Hospitals on Thursday announced that Mitchell Katz would continue serving as president and CEO after renomination by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and confirmation by NYC Health's board of directors. Katz has led the public health system since September 2017. "Through the pandemic, under his leadership, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers entrusted their care to NYC Health + Hospitals. New Yorkers saw a vital and vibrant health system, which Dr. Katz has strengthened and stabilized during his tenure here," said hospital board chair Jose Pagan. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/1)
- West Virginia: Mon Health System and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System on Thursday announced that they signed a letter of intent to merge into a single health system, operating under an umbrella brand called Vandalia Health. After the merger, CAMC and Mon Health will maintain their "unique and historical" identities. "Combining the strengths and unique attributes of two established and well-regarded health systems advances the best interests of West Virginia patients and families whose lives and well-being depend upon our services," said David Ramsey, CEO of CAMC Health System. (Blackman, HealthLeaders Media, 3/31)