November 20, 2019

The Oakland Symphony in January 2020 will hold a special concert in honor of Kaiser Permanente's late Chair and CEO Bernard Tyson, who passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and Texas.

  • California: The Oakland Symphony in January 2020 will hold a special concert in honor of Kaiser Permanente's late Chair and CEO Bernard Tyson, who passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10. The music will be curated by Tyson, who had submitted some suggestions to the symphony two days before he died. The concert, the third in the symphony's annual Playlist series, previously honored W. Kamau Bell, a comedian and CNN host, and Delores Huerta, a civil-rights activist and labor leader (Modern Healthcare, 11/16).

  • Illinois: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois has teamed up with other Blue Cross & Blue Shield health plans to form the Blue high-performance network, a program aimed at helping large employers improve care for their employees and reduce medical costs. The program will launch in January 2021 in 55 markets and is expected to reach more than 185 million people in the United States (Goldberg, Modern Healthcare, 11/15).

  • Texas: Twelve teams of student chefs in Texas competed this month in the Kids Fit Menu! Invitational, which is hosted by Medical City Children's Hospital, the Texas Restaurant Association, and Texas ProStart, a culinary program for high schools in North Texas. Participants in the collaboration, which aims to help fight childhood obesity, were required to create a children's dish with two or more servings of fruits and vegetables. The winning students will have their dishes featured on children's menus at Village Burger Bar, Genghis Grill, or Grub Burger Bar (Modern Healthcare, 11/16).

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