September 20, 2018

Around the nation: Oklahoma hospital launches GoFundMe to keep its doors open

Daily Briefing

    The medical center needs to raise $500,000 by the end of this week to pay off overdue health benefits costs, the CEO said, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

    • Massachusetts: Boston Children's Hospital announced that it is splitting the president and CEO position into two roles. Sandra Fenwick will keep her title as CEO, and Kevin Churchwell, who has served as COO, will assume the role of president, effective immediately. Boston Children's said Churchwell's promotion will allow him to be more active in state policy and community issues (Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 9/18).
    • Oklahoma: Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center set up a GoFundMe to prevent the hospital from closing. The hospital's CEO, Frank Avignone, said the medical center needs to raise $500,000 by the end of this week to pay off overdue health benefits costs. NewLight Healthcare, the company that manages Pauls Valley, said the hospital owes millions in loan debt (Wingerter, NewsOk, 9/18).
    • South Carolina: A hurricane Florence evacuee on Friday gave birth to her son the ED parking lot at Georgia Health System's Brunswick campus. Tanikqua Stevenson was nine months pregnant when she evacuated from Ridgeland to Brunswick to avoid the hurricane. Stevenson said her cousin drove her to the hospital after she began having contractions (Jones, The Brunswick News, 9/18).

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