February 2, 2018

Around the nation: Minneapolis bolsters flu protection as Super Bowl fans flood city

Daily Briefing

    Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, local businesses and workers  in the Minneapolis area are stepping up efforts to stem the spread of flu among this weekend's attendees, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Minnesota, and Vermont.

    • California: Montage Health Foundation, the parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, has received $105.8 million from Roberta Elliott, the sister of Warren Buffet. The funding will support an innovative approach to behavioral health for children and adolescents through a venture called "Ohana." Specifically, the money will be used to build a facility for inpatient and outpatient services, find a clinical director, and fund an endowment to fund the Ohana venture going forward (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/31).

    • Minnesota: Ahead of the Super Bowl, which will be played in Sunday Minneapolis, local businesses and workers stepped up efforts to stem the spread of the flu among Super Bowl attendees this weekend. Mike Osterholm, an epidemiologist, said, "Think of influenza almost like a lottery. ... If a normal day you'd only come in contact with 10 people that's one chance, 100 or a thousand you just upped your chances that much more" (Yucca, CBS News, 1/31).

    • Vermont: Douglas DiVello will serve as the next CEO of Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital, effective Feb. 12. DiVello comes to Grace Cottage after serving as CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center in New York. DiVello will replace outgoing CEO Roger Allbee who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/31). 

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