First Lady Melania Trump visited Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Monday, receiving a briefing on the care of opioid-affected children at the hospital and visiting with patients, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Ohio, and South Dakota.
- Florida: Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee has named Alan Keesee as CEO. Keesee previously worked as COO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children's Hospital. Keesee will replace former CEO Mark Robinson, who last month announced plans to leave for St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City. (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/5; Water, Tallahassee Democrat, 2/5).
- Ohio: First Lady Melania Trump visited Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Monday, receiving a briefing on the care of opioid-affected children at the hospital and visiting with patients. The visit follows the first lady's previous visits to hospitals in New York, Paris, Rome, and Washington, D.C., Anne Saker reports for Cincinnati.com (Saker, Cincinnati.com, 2/5).
- South Dakota: The South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-4 to advance to the House floor a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. According to Megan Myers, a lobbyist for the American Heart Association in South Dakota, the legislation has the potential to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in health care costs (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/6).
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