February 7, 2018

Around the nation: Billionaire philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. dies at 80

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    Huntsman donated more than $1.4 billion to cancer research and established the Huntsman Cancer Institute, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Idaho, and Utah.

    • Florida: Boca Raton Regional Hospital is planning a $260 million expansion and renovation at its flagship facility. The 278,000-square-foot addition will increase the facility's size more than twofold, according to Boca Newspaper. The expansion involves a seven-story patient tower, expanded surgical suites, a bigger surgical ICU, a new cardiovascular ICU, and private patient rooms (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/5; Boca Newspaper, 2/5).

    • Idaho: Saint Alphonsus Medical Center has named Travis Leach its next president. Most recently, Leach has worked as regional director of surgical services for the hospital. In addition, Leach was CEO and founder of Alliance Family Services, a mental health practice (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/5).

    • Utah: Jon Huntsman Sr., who gave more than $1.4 billion to cancer research and established the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, died Friday. He was 80 years old. Mary Beckerle, director and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, said, "Jon M. Huntsman was a great man who led a profoundly inspiring life. Other than his family, his goal to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth was the greatest passion of his life" (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/5).

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