- Florida: Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has named Wyatt Chocklett as its COO. Chocklett previously served as the COO of TriStar Horizon Medical Center, where he spearheaded a renovation project for the center's ED and supervised the installation of new technology at the hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/17).
- Illinois: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity on Thursday said it will donate $2 million to support an ad campaign in favor of a soda tax in the Chicago area. The ads will state that the tax will help fight "the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes" and could support hospitals and health programs in Cook County, the Associated Press reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/18).
- Indiana: A new program in Indiana, called "Mission: Recovery," helps National Guard members without veterans' insurance benefits find substance misuse treatment at Fairbanks Hospital, where providers have been trained to work with individuals who have a military background. The hospital has pledged $120,000 per year to care for uninsured National Guard members, the Associated Press reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/18).
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