January 28, 2019

Around the nation: Massachusetts General Hospital announces $1B expansion

Daily Briefing

    The expansion construction is expected to conclude by 2026, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York.

    • Arizona: Regional MedCenter, part of Banner Health, has named Wade Tyrell as interim CEO. The move will allow current CEO Hoyt Skabelund to focus on his responsibilities as CEO of Banner Health Western Division Rurals. Tyrell has served as CNO of Regional MedCenter since 2014 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/24).

    • Massachusetts: Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday announced it is planning a $1 billion expansion of its Boston campus. The hospital will build a new 12-story building that will have over 450 single-bed rooms. The hospital said the expansion will allow it to care for an additional 300 patients at a time. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 and should be completed by 2026 (AP/U.S. News & World Report, 1/23; Boston Business Journal/MassLive, 1/23; Harrison/Cain, WBUR, 1/23; Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/23).

    • New York: Planned Parenthood has created a chatbot named "Roo" to bring sexual health education to teenagers who spend a lot of time online. Roo is designed to reach 13- to 17-year-olds who do not have access to comprehensive sex education, according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Leana Wen. The chatbot can answer questions about sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, and other topics (Bruell, Wall Street Journal, 1/24).

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