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March 3, 2022

Around the nation: Cleveland Clinic appoints chief of diversity and inclusion

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    Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday appointed Jacqui Robertson as its chief of diversity and inclusion, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Ohio, and Texas.

    • California: The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday announced that Fitbit had issued a voluntary recall for its Ionic smart watch after over 100 reports of burn injuries caused by an overheating battery. The recall affects roughly 1 million devices that were sold in the United States from September 2017 to December 2021, with an additional 693,000 sold internationally. According to the commission, Fitbit received at least 174 reports of the device's lithium-ion battery overheating, which led to 118 reported injuries, including two cases of third-degree burns and four cases of second-degree burns. Fitbit will issue a $299 refund to Ionic owners after they return their watch. In addition, owners will receive a discount code that can be applied to the purchase of select Fitbit devices. (Woo, New York Times, 3/2)
    • Ohio: Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday appointed Jacqui Robertson as its chief of diversity and inclusion, effective March 1. Robertson "brings nearly 20 years of national and international experience in leading diversity and inclusion strategies in the financial services and industrial supply industries," according to the organization's news release. In her new role, Robertson will oversee Cleveland Clinic's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and lead its global diversity and inclusion initiatives. "Having a diverse workforce, one that is representative of the patients we serve, is essential to creating health care equity," said Kelly Hancock, the organization’s chief caregiver officer. According to Hancock, Robertson's "experience and human-centered approach aligns with our commitment to strengthening our culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity." (Suttell, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 3/1)
    • Texas: Palo Pinto General Hospital on Friday announced that Tina Linton had been appointed as its chief nursing officer. Linton, who most recently served as the administrative director of nursing for Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, has over 27 years of experience in health care, including executive and senior positions at hospitals in Texas and Louisiana. "After an extensive national search, we are very pleased to have found Tina," said Palo Pinto CEO Ross Korkmas. "She has a deep knowledge of nursing operations and is passionate about high-quality and safe patient care. Her collaborative style will bring a wealth of experience to our hospital." (Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/1)

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