April 22, 2021

Around the nation: Alaska plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines to visitors to boost tourism business

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    Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) on Friday announced that, beginning on June 1, Alaska will offer Covid-19 vaccines to tourists to help boost tourism in the state, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alaska, the District of Columbia, and Florida.

    • Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) on Friday announced that, beginning on June 1, Alaska will offer Covid-19 vaccines to tourists to help boost tourism in the state. Heidi Hedberg, Alaska's public health director, said the state has plenty of vaccines. "We are not setting aside or delineating vaccine for Alaskans or nonresidents. Right now, what we're saying is: 'Today's the day, Alaskans. Please get educated. Please get vaccinated,'" Hedberg said. "And starting June 1, it's going to be opened up for those tourists" (Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media, 4/16).
    • District of Columbia: HHS on Monday said it will be giving community-based health care providers $145 million for so-called "health center look-alikes." These health centers provide primary care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations but do not receive grants from HHS. The agency said health center look-alikes deliver care to more than 500,000 patients, 90% of whom live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (Brady, Modern Healthcare, 4/19).
    • Florida: Brett McClung, CEO of Baptist Health, is resigning, effective May 1. McClung has served as Baptist Health's CEO since July 2019, and he previously served as an EVP at Texas Health Resources. Michael Mayo, who currently leads Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, will serve as interim CEO of Baptist Health as the organization looks for a permanent CEO (Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal, 4/19).

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