February 27, 2017

Around the nation: Maricopa Integrated Health System takes the first step toward a makeover

Daily Briefing
    • Arizona: The Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) board has awarded a roughly six-year, $50 million contract to Vanir Construction Management to help revamp the safety-net health system. Much of the nearly $1 billion project will be focused on improving Maricopa Medical Center, but the system also plans to open an entirely new hospital. MIHS CEO Steve Purves called the award a "big day" for the community. "We stabilized our finances and we are finally getting started," he said (Alltucker, Arizona Republic, 2/23).

    • Connecticut: Thomas McCarthy, CFO of Cigna, which is headquartered in Bloomfield, will retire early summer. Eric Palmer, who now serves as CFO for Cigna's global health, Cigna-HealthSpring, employer-based health care, group and supplemental insurance businesses, will replace McCarthy. The leadership shift is one of several recent executive moves inside the company (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 2/23).

    • Maryland: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated $5 million to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, which provides housing for families while their children are being treated in a hospital. The money will help build a 60,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House in the Jonestown neighborhood. So far, the not-for-profit has raised $27.5 million of its $30 million goal. Sandra Pagnotti, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, said, "The magnitude of the Weinberg Foundation gift is overwhelming and transformative in every way" (Eichensehr, Baltimore Business Journal, 2/23). 

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