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December 17, 2019

Around the nation: CVS Health launches new oncology treatment program

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    Through the program, oncologists will develop custom treatment regimens for patients based on their clinical and genetic profiles, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

    • Michigan: Tony Tedeschi is retiring from his position as CEO of Detroit Medical Center, effective Jan. 1, and Audrey Gregory will succeed him. Tedeschi will help with the CEO transition through March, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Gregory previously served as market CEO for Tenet Healthcare at Saint Francis Healthcare System in Memphis and as CEO of St. Francis Hospital-Memphis (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/13).
    • Rhode Island: CVS Health last week announced that it has launched a new oncology management program called Transform Oncology Care. Through the program, a genomic testing-based precision medicine strategy for cancer care, oncologists will develop custom treatment regimens for patients based on their clinical and genetic profiles. The program will also use patients' genetic profiles to match them to clinical trials. The program will be available to other health plans outside of CVS Health (Park, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/13).
    • Tennessee: Lauren Chalk, 28, this month had her first baby nine days after finding out she was pregnant, USA Today reports. Chalk discovered she was pregnant when her mother, a medical professional, suggested she take a pregnancy test because she seemed a bit "on edge." Chalk had previously suffered two miscarriages and thought a full-term pregnancy would be impossible, but the test came back positive, USA Today reports. The couple scheduled a doctor's appointment, and when the doctor performed an ultrasound, it showed "a whole baby on the screen," Chalk recalled. Chalk had an induced labor and gave birth to her baby, Wyatt Rivers, on Dec. 2 at Baptist Women's Hospital (Spencer, USA Today, 12/13).

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