October 23, 2018

Around the nation: Shoeshiner who donated over $200K in tips to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh dies

Daily Briefing

    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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