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April 27, 2022

Around the nation: Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for the coronavirus

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    Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and New York.

    • Connecticut: Yale New Haven Hospital on Monday appointed Pamela Sutton-Wallace as its new COO, effective July 11. Sutton-Wallace most recently served as group SVP of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and COO of the Weill Cornell Division. "Pam has an outstanding track record in healthcare administration," said Yale New Haven CEO Christopher O'Connor. "She is hyper-focused on excellence, as demonstrated during COVID, leading NYP through the unknown with supply chain, staffing and the unknown as New York was ground zero for infections. Her experience, tenacity and optimism will help guide Yale New Haven Health as we navigate out of the pandemic and into a new normal." (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/25)
    • District of Columbia: Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive on Tuesday for the coronavirus. Harris is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots. Currently, she does not have any symptoms. According to Harris' office, she plans to isolate while continuing to work from the vice president's residence. "Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on rapid and PCR tests," said Harris spokesperson Kirsten Allen. "She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules," Allen added. Notably, Harris is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to contract the virus. Her absence as the tie-breaking vote in the evenly divided Senate will cause several expected votes on nominations to fail or be delayed. (Gonzalez, Axios, 4/26)
    • New York: St. Mary's Healthcare Amsterdam named Craig van Roekens as CMO. Since joining the health system in September 2021, van Roekens served as ED director before becoming hospitalist director. Previously, he served as a director at Glen Falls Hospital. According to LinkedIn, van Roekens earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He succeeds William Mayer, who retired after serving as St. Mary's CMO since 2014. (Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/25)

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