Albert Lexie, who polished shoes at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1982 until his retirement in 2013, donated $202,000 in tips to the hospital, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.
- Florida: Cleveland Clinic Florida has opened a 221,000-square-foot, $232 million new wing at its hospital in Weston. The expanded facility is five stories and includes a larger ED and 50 additional inpatient beds, which increases the hospital's capacity by 50% (Bandell, South Florida Business Journal, 10/17).
- Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Friday released a new policy proposal that would allow women to purchase over-the-counter contraception at pharmacies. Reynolds, who is running for re-election against Democrat Fred Hubbell, said the proposal would expand access to family planning resources and "help reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies and abortions" (Gstalter, The Hill, 10/19).
- Pennsylvania: Albert Lexie, owner of a single-man shoeshine business at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, who had donated his tips to the hospital, died on Oct. 16 from an undisclosed health condition. Lexie had donated $202,000 in tips collected from 1982 until his retirement in 2013 (Romo, NPR, 10/17).
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