Rapper Dr. Dre has lost a trademark battle with real-life doctor Draion Burch, a gynecologist and women's health expert who goes by Dr. Drai, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
- Georgia: Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical on Tuesday announced that a proposed deal between the health systems is expected to close within the next 100 days. If the deal is approved, DeKalb Medical—which includes 50 physician offices and more than 800 physicians—would operate under Emory. The deal was recently approved by the Federal Trade Commission and now heads to Georgia's attorney general (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 5/8).
- Illinois: HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon has named Patti Fischer as permanent president and CEO. Fischer has been serving as interim CEO at HSHS St. Elizabeth's since February, when former CEO Peggy Sebastian resigned. Fischer has previously served as COO of HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield and as CEO of HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/9).
- Pennsylvania: Rapper Dr. Dre has lost a trademark battle with real-life doctor Draion Burch, a gynecologist and women's health expert who goes by Dr. Drai. The battle began in 2015 when Burch attempted to acquire a trademark for "Dr. Drai" and "Doctor Drai OBGYN and Media Personality," with the intent to use the brand on audio books and seminars. Dr. Dre claimed that his name was "sufficiently related" to those types of products and services, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office disagreed (Washington Post/Syracuse.com, 5/9).
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