August 26, 2019

Around the nation: American Optometric Association honors 100-year-old optometrist who's still practicing

Daily Briefing

    Daniel Nast has had a private practice in Melrose Park in Chicago for more than 50 years, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland.

    • Connecticut: Michael Collins, CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network, will retire in October, according to Drew Crandall, a member of the network's advisory board. Collins first served as chief integration officer of the network in 2016. He then became the network's interim CEO in 2016 and permanent CEO in 2017 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/21).

    • Illinois: The American Optometric Association has awarded 100-year-old eye doctor Daniel Nast with a lifetime of distinguished service honor. The optometrist has had a private practice in Melrose Park in Chicago for more than 50 years and spends at least two days per week practicing and in other neighborhoods, according to CBS Chicago. Nast said he makes sure to keep up with the latest eye treatments. "I enjoy doing it. I enjoy helping people," he said of his work. "There's a certain satisfaction I get out of seeing a person enjoy reading where they didn't enjoy it before" (CBS Chicago, 8/22).

    • Maryland: Washington Adventist Hospital on Sunday moved from its Takoma Park location of 112 years to a $400 million campus in White Oak. Adventist Hospital executives said the move will allow the hospital to operate in an updated facility and adapt to changing regional health care needs (Tan, Washington Post, 8/22).
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