June 14, 2019

Around the nation: 7-year-old launches Alex's Fluffy Buddies to deliver stuffed animals to hospital children

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    When Alex Walker spent time in the hospital for epilepsy, she noticed many children in the hospital didn't have any stuffed animals, so the seven-year-old launched a service to bring the toys to hospitals, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio.

    • Minnesota: St. Luke's in Duluth has named Kevin Nokels as president and CEO, effective Aug. 12. Nokels is currently the president of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy in Nebraska. Nokels will succeed John Strange, who retired earlier this year (Porter, HealthLeaders Media, 6/12).

    • New Jersey: Bergen County Jail is under quarantine after five of its inmates developed mumps. The cause of the cases is unknown, and while the quarantine is in effect, the jail will be accepting no new inmates. If no new mumps cases are discovered, the quarantine will end 25 days from Tuesday (Jongsma, North Jersey Record, 6/12).

    • Ohio: When Alex Walker spent time in the hospital due to her epilepsy, she noticed many children in the hospital didn't have any stuffed animals. So, the seven-year-old started Alex's Fluffy Buddies, a service that she runs to deliver new stuffed animals to children in the hospital. Walker has raised over $17,000 on GoFundMe for her project and hopes to eventually deliver 100,000 stuffed animals (WTNH, 6/13).

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