August 24, 2018

Around the nation: Drake surprises girl awaiting heart transplant at Lurie Children's

Daily Briefing

    Music artist Drake on Monday visited 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital after the rapper saw a video of the girl dancing to one of his songs, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and West Virginia.

    • California: Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego has named Patricio Frias president and CEO. Frias is currently the COO of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and has previously served as a pediatric cardiologist/electrophysiologist at Children's Healthcare. Frias succeeds Donald Kearns, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/22).

    • Illinois: Music artist Drake on Monday visited 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital after he saw a video of the girl dancing to one of his songs. Sanchez was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and received open heart surgery three weeks ago. She is awaiting a heart transplant (O'Kane, CBS News, 8/21).

    • West Virginia: CDC has announced that it will provide technical support to West Virginia health officials to combat an outbreak of hepatitis A. The state has seen 975 cases of hepatitis A in 27 counties since Aug. 17 (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/22).

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