Around the nation: Send a Valentine to a kid in the hospital

  • California: Children's Hospital Los Angeles is offering the opportunity to send a child a Valentine, at no cost. To do so, visit the hospital's website and select one of three animal valentines. BLVD Hotels will donate $1 for every valentine that supporters send, up to $10,000. Children's spokesperson Monica Rizzo said, "It makes the kids feel special knowing that people outside of the hospital took the time to send them a valentine" (Fashingbauer Cooper, "Today," NBC, 2/9).
  • Kentucky: Humana COO and EVP James Murray will retire on March 31, the company said Wednesday. Once he retires, Murray will act as an advisor for the remainder of 2017. Humana said it does not expect to directly fill Murray's role, as he mentored colleagues to take on additional responsibilities. Murray came to Humana in 1989 and was named COO in 2006 (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 2/8).

  • Maryland: The Open Philanthropy Project awarded Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Health Security a three-year, $16 million grant to boost health security and public health preparedness, Hopkins announced on Wednesday. Officials said the grant will go toward improving understanding of serious biological risks and responding to them. In addition, it will support work on evaluating how new technologies affect such risks (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/8).

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