December 3, 2018

Around the nation: Lyft hires new health care executive

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    Meghan Callahan will spearhead the company's health care services and technology, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

    • California: Lyft has named Megan Callahan as the company's first VP of health care. Callahan, who previously served as chief strategy officer of Change Healthcare, will spearhead Lyft's health care services and technology. The move will allow Lyft to further "reduc[e] the health care transportation gap for patients," Callahan said (Arndt, Modern Healthcare, 11/29).

    • Georgia: CDC has awarded five hospitals grants to help increase the agency's innovative solutions to fight antibiotic resistance. The five hospitals are: The Cleveland VA Medical Center; Henry Ford Medical Center; Johns Hopkins University Medical Center; Rush University Medical Center; and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Overall, CDC has awarded $15 million to 41 investigators as part of its Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. The initiative seeks to boost antibiotic stewardship, analyze antibiotic-resistant germs and genes, investigate the human genome in relation to antibiotic resistance, and develop new tools for resistance detection (Knowles, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 11/27).

    • Wisconsin: Advocate Aurora Health last week announced that it plans to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The wage will increase steadily each year, beginning with $13 an hour in 2019 and $14 an hour in 2020. The wage increase will impact up to 21% of Advocate Aurora's employees (Goldberg, Modern Healthcare, 11/29).

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