Children's Hospital Colorado became the first pediatric health system to offer debt-free education to its staff, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan.
- Colorado: Children's Hospital Colorado on April 26 started offering tuition-free education to staff through a partnership with the education platform Guild. "Here, our team members are our most important asset," said Betsy Rodriguez, chief human resources officer for the health system. "This new benefit is an additional way we're fulfilling our promise to team members by investing in them and supporting their individual potential." Under the partnership, Children's Colorado employees have access to over 75 programs from more than 25 education providers on the platform. Staff will have access to undergraduate and graduate degree options, high school completion, college prep, and a variety of other offerings. In addition, the health system will pay up to $5,250 annually for employees to access over 200 additional programs within the platform's learning marketplace. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/5)
- Illinois: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions CEO Paul Black on Thursday announced his immediate departure after serving in the role for 10 years. Allscripts' president Rick Poulton, who joined the company in 2012, will succeed Black as CEO. Black plans to work alongside Poulton through the second quarter to ensure a smooth transition. "As the company transforms and launches into its next evolution focusing on Veradigm, it's a natural time for the next generation of leaders to step forward," Black said. "While it was a difficult decision, I leave knowing the company is stronger than ever and in the hands of an accomplished leadership team." (Perna, Modern Healthcare, 5/5)
- Michigan: MyMichigan Health on Thursday appointed Bryan Cross as its new COO. Cross, who most recently served as president of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland, brings over 30 years of health care experience to the role. He succeeds Greg Rogers, who was appointed president and CEO of the health system in March. Rogers led MyMichigan after former president and CEO Diane Postler-Slattery and her husband died in a plane crash. Cross said that he plans to build on the legacy of Postler-Slattery. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/5)