When a photo of the children donating the $148 they raised through a lemonade stand to Cincinnati Children's went viral, additional donations came flooding in, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, North Carolina, and Ohio.
- California: Alphabet, Google's parent company, has hired former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf as the head of strategy and policy for Google Health and Verily Life Sciences. Califf has been serving on Verily's senior management team since 2017, while also serving as director of Duke Forge, a data science center at Duke University. Califf will step down from his role at Duke to work for Alphabet full-time (Kim Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 9/30).
- North Carolina: The Carolina Panthers is donating a total of $1 million toward cancer research at Atrium Health's Levine Cancer Institute. The donation will be made over a period of five to 10 years and will go toward the types of cancer research with the greatest need (Hudson, Charlotte Business Journal, 9/27).
- Ohio: Over Labor Day weekend, Hillary Weidner's five-year-old son, Briggs, told her he wanted to set up a lemonade stand. With the help of Weidner's friend Amanda Zerbe and Zerbe's three children, the children set up a lemonade stand and planned to donate the stand's proceeds to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The children raised $148 from their stand, but when a photo of the children donating the money to the hospital went viral, additional donations came flooding in, bringing the total so far to more than $125,000 (McLellan, Good Morning America, 10/1).