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April 14, 2022

Around the nation: WHCA to enforce Covid-19 vaccine requirement for annual dinner

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    The White House Correspondents Association will require those attending its annual dinner to be provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Florida, and Texas.

    • District of Columbia: The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) announced that it will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for individuals attending its annual dinner. Although the association was already requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test for all attendees, it added the vaccine requirement and is now encouraging eligible attendees to get a second booster shot for "maximum protection" at the event. "Same-day testing has been our plan for months, and now we're closing the loop by adding the vaccine requirement," said WHCA president Steve Portnoy. "The board's policy is aimed at preventing anyone who is known to be infectious (as indicated by a positive result on a rapid antigen test) from spreading the virus at the dinner," he added. "But nothing we implement to protect the ballroom can reach the many social events other organizers throw around our dinner. Bear that in mind." (Gonzalez, Axios, 4/11)
    • Florida: Baptist Health South Florida on Monday appointed Bill Ulbricht CEO of Baptist Hospital in Miami, effective May 11. Ulbricht, who previously served as SVP and chief administrative officer for BayCare Medical Group, currently serves as chief operating and administrative officer for Baptist Health's clinical enterprise division. He succeeds Patricia Rosello, who will take over as chief patient experience officer for Baptist Health. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/12)
    • Texas: Methodist Hospital Texsan named Janelle Lopez as its COO, effective April 4. Lopez previously served as associate COO for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital. She has also served as a manager, director, and administrative director of ancillary services at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant. Methodist Hospital Texsan, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant, and Methodist Children's Hospital are all part of Methodist Healthcare. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/12)

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