March 7, 2018

Around the nation: Alabama trauma center received $5M donation for expansion

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    The center will be named for the Fanny Meisler, donor Hebert Meisler's late wife, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas.

    • Alabama: Real estate developer Herbert Meisler of RIME Companies has donated $5 million to expand the Level 1 Trauma Center at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. The center is named after Meisler's late wife, Fanny Meisler, who died in May 2016. The expansion entails increasing the center's size by about 16,000 square feet and converting 22 semi-private exam rooms to 41 private exam beds (van der Bijl, Birmingham Business Journal, 3/7).

    • Tennessee: Meharry Medical College will provide no-cost dental care to uninsured Tennessee residents this weekend. Patients will be able to receive cleanings, fillings, extractions, and other services. Meharry is one of the oldest historically black medical schools in the country (AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/5).

    • Texas: UT Health East Texas has named Vicki Briggs as CEO of UT Health Tyler, the system's flagship hospital. Briggs most recently served as CEO of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Connecticut (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/5).

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