November 5, 2020

Around the nation: Candidate wins North Dakota legislature seat—one month after dying from Covid-19

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    The candidate, David Andahl, died of complications from Covid-19 on Oct. 5 at age 55, yet on Tuesday, he won the race for a seat in North Dakota's Legislature, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, North Dakota, and Washington.

    • Florida: Baptist Health Care last week broke ground on a new, $615 million campus in Pensacola. The campus will feature a 602,000-square-foot hospital with 10 floors and 264 beds, as well as a 178,000-square-foot multispecialty center with six floors and 162 beds. Baptist Health expects construction on the campus to be finished in 2023 (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/3).

    • North Dakota: Candidate David Andahl (R) died of complications from Covid-19 on Oct. 5 at age 55, yet on Tuesday, he won the race for a seat in North Dakota's Legislature. In late October, the state's attorney general issued an opinion stating that, if Andahl won his race, the district's local Republican Party would be responsible for filling his seat until the district can hold a special election (O'Donnell, Politico, 11/4; Armus, Washington Post, 11/4).

    • Washington: Providence health system on Oct. 29 announced that Sylvain Trepanier will serve as the system's CNO, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Trepanier will succeed Deb Burton, who is retiring. Trepanier is currently serving as chief clinical executive for Providence's Southern California region (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/30).

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