Around the nation: Couple donates $25M to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The donation is the largest in the hospital's history, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  • Texas: Fayez and Susan Sarofirm have donated $25 million to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of UT-Health. According to the Houston Chronicle, the gift is the largest in the hospital's history. The funding will support an expansion and renovation, including a 17-story patient tower. Fayez donated $25 million to UT Health in 2006 as well (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/7; Deam, Houston Chronicle, 2/6).

  • West Virginia: West Virginia experiences a greater per-capita fiscal burden from the opioid misuse epidemic than any other state, according to an American Enterprise Institute analysis. The state faces an average per-person economic burden of $4,793, or a total of $8.8 billion. Maryland had the second highest per-person average cost, at $3,366 (Zimmerman, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/7).

  • Wisconsin: UnityPoint Health-Meriter has appointed Sue Erickson president and CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Erickson, who's been with Meriter for nearly 30 years, previously served as president and COO. Former CEO Arthur Nizza was named EVP and COO of the parent company, UnityPoint Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/7).

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