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August 13, 2019

Around the nation: Rite Aid names health care veteran as CEO

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    Heyward Donigan, who will serve as CEO effective Monday, said she wants to find incentives to bring customers into the store, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

    • Connecticut: Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp hosted 60 child burn survivors for a week this summer. The free, week-long camp, run by the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation, offers traditional camp activities, such as archery, fishing, and campfires, for children who are vulnerable to sun damage and often coping with emotional trauma due to their burns. The camp has over 100 volunteer camp counselors, which include burn survivors, firefighters, burn unit nurses, and mental health clinicians. "I've never seen anybody like me, with burns, in New York City," said Haile, a camper who spent four summers at the camp. "But here I can be very free, without people talking about me" (Russell, Boston Globe, 8/10).
    • Pennsylvania: Rite Aid has named Heyward Donigan as CEO, effective Monday. "I recognized the opportunity to really revitalize Rite Aid," Donigan said. Donigan previously served as CEO of Sapphire Digital, a website for analyzing health plans. Donigan has said she wants to find incentives to bring customers into the store." I have a strong point of view that pharmacies will continue to be physical," she said (Haddon, Wall Street Journal, 8/12).
    • Texas: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a $159 million project to double the size of its proton therapy center. The 160,000-square-foot center will give cancer patients greater access to precise radiation therapy. The center is expected to open November 2023 (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/9).

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