Around the nation: HCA Healthcare's CEO to step down

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

HCA Healthcare CEO R. Milton Johnson will depart from the role at the end of the year, and COO Sam Hazen will succeed him, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Maryland, and Tennessee.

  • Georgia: CDC on Friday recommended that everyone six months and older receive an influenza vaccination by the end of October. According to CDC, antibodies for the flu take about two weeks to develop after the vaccination, so people should receive their flu shots before the virus begins to spread in their community (Cook, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 9/10).
  • Maryland: Kaiser Permanente plans to open a 45,558-square-foot medical center in Bowie in 2020. Kaiser currently operates 30 medical centers throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. (Gilgore, Washington Business Journal, 9/11).
  • Tennessee: HCA Healthcare on Monday announced that its CEO, R. Milton Johnson, will step down at the end of 2018. Sam Hazen, the health system's president and COO, will succeed Johnson, who will remain chair of HCA's board until April of next year at the company's annual shareholder meeting (Herman, Axios, 9/10; Modern Healthcare, 9/10; Chin, Wall Street Journal, 9/10).

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