• Gloria Goins became chief diversity officer of Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md., in May. She was vice president of business diversity outreach for Prudential Financial.
• In an effort to combat diabetes and obesity by funding new medical research and encouraging healthy eating and exercise, Sports Spectacular, a longtime support group of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, pledged $10 million to establish the Sports Spectacular Diabetes and Obesity Wellness and Research Center.
• The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore will use a $65 million gift toward the construction of a new patient care building that will be named for the late Albert P. "Skip" Viragh Jr., a Maryland mutual fund investment leader and philanthropist. Viragh died of pancreatic cancer in 2003 at age 62. The Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building is slated for completion in 2017 and will be the primary entry point for cancer care on the medical center campus. The Skip Viragh Building will be able to accommodate all adult medical oncology patient consultations and house multidisciplinary treatment clinics modeled on one established for pancreatic cancer patients who can benefit from a wide range of coordinated surgical, medical, radiation, and other consultations and services.
• Alameda (Calif.) Hospital officially joined Alameda Health System on May 1. AHS will provide funding for facility improvements, new technology and state-mandated seismic upgrades.
• Physician leaders in Michigan, in collaboration with Ascension Health and CHE Trinity Health systems, have created a statewide clinically integrated network of health care providers to improve access, cost and quality of care for the communities they serve. The new company, called Together Heath Network, with a geographic presence including 27 hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory centers and physician offices, enables its member hospitals, physicians and other providers to jointly participate in the launch of a new health plan. The company is a Michigan LLC that will work with payers to develop a wide range of health plan products, and will have numerous access points and advanced care coordination services to benefit consumers, without merging assets. Together Health Network will have a physician-majority board, a physician CEO and physician-led committees. It will spend upcoming months establishing its CEO and leadership team, negotiating contracts, adding participating physicians and physician organizations, and building its integrated infrastructure.