April 14, 2020

Around the nation: Air Force's 'Thunderbirds' honor health care workers battling Covid-19

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    The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the "Thunderbirds," on Saturday flew over major hospitals in the Las Vegas valley to honor frontline health care workers combating Covid-19, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Nevada, and South Carolina.

    • Massachusetts: Shuhan He, an emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues created a site to match health care workers with available personal protective equipment (PPE). The site, called "#GetUsPPE," matches health care workers based on fit, preference, and quality. So far, the site has received more than 1,975 requests for PPE donations, and the majority of requests have been for N95 masks, according to He (Reuter, MedCity News, 4/6).

    • Nevada: The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the "Thunderbirds," on Saturday flew over the 18 hospitals and health care facilities in the Las Vegas valley to honor frontline health care workers combating Covid-19. Lt. Col. John Caldwell, the Thunderbirds' commander, said, "It is an honor to fly for the Americans at the forefront of our nation’s fight against the coronavirus." He added, "They are true heroes and we look forward to demonstrating the support of the 685,000 total force Airmen of the U.S. Air Force for health care workers, first responders and Covid-19 essential personnel in Las Vegas and across the nation" (KTVU Fox 2, 4/12).

    • South Carolina: Page Vaughan, CEO of MUSC Health's Chester Medical Center and Lancaster Medical Center, is retiring effective April 10. Vaughan has served as CEO of the Chester facility since 2011 and as CEO of the Lancaster facility since 2017. Scott Broome, MUSC's associate chief of affiliations, will serve as interim CEO of the hospitals, and MUSC said Vaughan will continue to work with the health system as a consultant (Melton, The Lancaster News, 4/9; Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/9).

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