March 4, 2021

Around the nation: Dolly Parton receives a Covid-19 vaccine on camera

Daily Briefing

    Country music star Dolly Parton on Tuesday received a dose of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine at Vanderbilt Health on video to encourage others to get the vaccine, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New York, Ohio, and Tennessee.

    • New York: NYC Health + Hospitals has named Cristina Contreras as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and Christopher Roker as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, effective April 1. Contreras has previously served as chief strategy officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and as executive director for NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Roker has previously served as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/1).
    • Ohio: The Charles L. Shor Foundation has donated $15.5 million to the Cleveland Clinic for a new neurological institute and epilepsy research. Of the $15.5 million, $10 million will go toward the medical center's Neurological Institute—which the Clinic announced in 2019 and expects to begin construction on next year—and $5.5 million will go toward a study looking at the link between stress and seizures in epileptic patients. In honor of the donation, the Clinic said it will name its epilepsy center the Charles Schor Epilepsy Center (Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 3/1).
    • Tennessee: Country music star Dolly Parton on Tuesday, who helped fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, received a shot of the vaccine at Vanderbilt Health on video to encourage others to get vaccinated. During the video, Parton said she was "dead serious about the vaccine," adding, "I think we all want to get back to normal—whatever that is—and that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn't it?" To those who are hesitant about getting the vaccine, Parton said, "Don't be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot" (Ives, New York Times, 3/2).

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