January 22, 2021

Around the nation: Washington state teams up with Starbucks, Costco, and other companies to boost Covid-19 vaccinations

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    Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced the state has established a public-private partnership, called the Washington State Command and Coordination Center, to help reach the state's daily vaccination goal of 45,000 inoculations, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Michigan, and Washington.

    • Illinois: Aldi on Tuesday announced it will provide its U.S. employees with up to four hours of paid leave so they can receive their two-dose Covid-19 vaccines. The company also said it will cover the cost associated with vaccine administration and set up on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouse and office locations to ensure employees can easily access the vaccines (Gstalter, The Hill, 1/19; Aldi release, 1/19).
    • Michigan: Henry Ford Cancer Institute on Wednesday opened a new 187,000 square-foot cancer pavilion called the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion to offer precision medicine, clinical trials, and other services across 14 specialty clinics. David Kwon, who is the physician in charge at the pavilion, said the facility is the first in Michigan to provide all cancer patients with integrated genomic testing and expertise. Cancer patients, survivors, and families inspired the design of the facility, which features an arts galley and meditation spaces. The pavilion is named after Brigitte Harris, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2016 (Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/19).
    • Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced the state has established a public-private partnership, called the Washington State Command and Coordination Center, to help reach the state's daily vaccination goal of 45,000 inoculations. Under the partnership, Costco, Kaiser Permanente Washington, Starbucks, Microsoft, and other members of the coalition will focus on various aspects of the state's vaccine distribution. Costco, for example, will assist with vaccine delivery, while Microsoft will provide technology support (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/19).

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