May 10, 2021

Around the nation: Johns Hopkins boosts minimum wage

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    Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System will boost their minimum wages to $15 per hour, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Maryland, and Tennessee.

    • Florida: AdventHealth on May 6 announced it has made a new arrangement with Walt Disney World Resort to become the resort's official health care and telehealth provider. Under the new agreement, AdventHealth—which has a longstanding relationship with Walt Disney World—will help visitors plan medical appointments, provide urgent care services, and offer medical equipment or prescription drug delivery to the resort's hotels. In addition, under the initiative, resort guests may also be able to use AdventHealth's telehealth service, and Walt Disney World may bolster "the current Disney touches" at AdventHealth for Children in Florida. "AdventHealth and Walt Disney World Resort have enjoyed a longstanding relationship and we are excited to launch this pioneering initiative, which will allow resort guests to plan and customize their vacation around their unique health needs," Terry Shaw, president and CEO of AdventHealth, said (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/6).
    • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System on May 6 announced they will increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour. The increase is set to take effect on July 1 for university employees and January 1, 2021, for health system employees. Overall, the increase—which applies also to full-time temporary staff, student workers, and contract workers—will affect more than 6,000 employees in Maryland, as well as more than 300 employees at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in Florida (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/6).
    • Tennessee: Tyson Foods, in partnership with Marathon Health, late last month opened its first medical clinic for employees in Dyersburg, Tennessee, one of seven planned facilities near Tyson production sites throughout the United States. The remaining six facilities will open this year in Arkansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, Iowa, and Kansas.  "Some of our frontline team members aren't using their health plan benefits, and others don't seek care until there's a crisis," said Claudia Coplein, CMO for Tyson Foods. "We want to change that by providing access to care that can help detect health conditions early and promote healthy habits" (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/7).
    • Idaho: Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, except in cases of rape, incest, and medical emergency. Any health care providers who violate the law will be charged with a felony punishable by two to five years in prison (Schnell, The Hill, 4/27).
    • New Jersey: Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has named Alec Grabowski as COO. Grabowski most recently served as COO of Summerville Medical Center in South Carolina and previously also served as interim hospital president at Summerville. Grabowski will succeed Tim O'Brien, who was promoted to CEO of Hackensack in August 2020 (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/27).

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