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March 13, 2020

Around the nation: Kaiser Permanente donates $1M toward coronavirus efforts

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    The organizations that will receive the funding include the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Rhode Island.

    • California: Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday announced it is partnering with the CDC Foundation and donating $1 million to at least 10 public health organizations to help fight the spread of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Organizations that will receive funding include the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/11).

    • Florida: Don Jernigan, former president and CEO of AdventHealth, died on March 7 from complications of a long illness. Jernigan, who retired in 2016, was a founding member of the system's leadership institute. Before becoming CEO of AdventHealth, Jernigan worked as EVP and SVP of the health system. Terry Shaw, the current president and CEO of AdventHealth, said Jernigan's "active, astute and thoughtful processing of issues helped many of us develop our leadership skills in order to assume additional roles and responsibilities" (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/10).

    • Rhode Island: CVS Health on Tuesday announced that CVS Pharmacy, a subsidiary of CVS Health, is buying 99 Schnuck Markets pharmacies. CVS plans to rebrand the pharmacies as CVS Pharmacy locations. A spokesperson for Schnuck Markets said the company will close its remaining 11 in-store and specialty pharmacies and transfer those prescription files to CVS. CVS said the move will allow CVS to "expand into key areas" (Kirn, Boston Business Journal, 3/10).

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