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Cleve Killingsworth re­signed his post as pres­i­dent and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mas­sachusetts. William Van Faasen, who was CEO of the com­pany from 1992 to 2005 un­til he re­tired, will serve as in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO while the com­pany searches for Killingsworth’s suc­ces­sor, com­pany of­fi­cials said in a news release. No rea­son was pro­vided for Killingsworth’s de­par­ture, but it comes fol­low­ing fi­nan­cial re­sults in Fe­bru­ary show­ing the com­pany lost $149 mil­lion dur­ing fis­cal 2009. The in­surer also has been em­broiled in a strug­gle with state of­fi­cials over an­nounced plans to raise pre­mium rates on some of its poli­cies beginning in April. Killingsworth joined the Blues plan in 2004 as pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and be­came CEO in July 2005. He later be­came chair­man of the com­pany’s board of direc­tors, but in Septem­ber 2009 the board voted to re­place Killingsworth as chair­man with di­rec­tor Paul Guzzi.


The New York State Health Depart­ment granted ap­proval for 343-bed Or­ange Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Mid­dle­town, to open a Level II, 10-bed neona­tal in­ten­sive-care unit in Or­ange Re­gional’s new Wal­lkill fa­cil­ity open­ing in mid-2011. The new hospi­tal will com­bine two ex­ist­ing cam­puses in Mid­dle­town and Goshen. Lo­cated in the hospi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit on the sixth floor, the neona­tal ICU will com­ple­ment cur­rent peri­na­tal ser­vices and full-time neona­tol­o­gists of­fered in con­junc­tion with 635-bed Westch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Val­halla, ac­cord­ing to Or­ange Re­gional. The neona­tal ICU will in­clude a four-room ma­ter­nity triage area, 12 pri­vate la­bor, de­liv­ery and re­cov­ery rooms, two op­er­at­ing rooms, 23 pri­vate, post­par­tum rooms, and a well-baby nurs­ery.


Un­der a law en­acted in New York, fam­ily mem­bers can make health­care de­ci­sions for pa­tients who are un­able to do so and have left no in­struc­tions for their care. The Fam­ily Health Care De­ci­sions Act al­lows a spouse, do­mes­tic part­ner, par­ent, adult child, sib­ling or close friend to de­ter­mine the med­i­cal care for those who did not make their wishes known by proxy or ad­vance di­rec­tive and who can­not make their own de­ci­sions, as de­ter­mined un­der a process out­lined in the law. The law also out­lines when a sur­ro­gate de­ci­sion­maker can with­hold life­sus­tain­ing treat­ment. Pa­tients with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties or who live in a men­tal health fa­cil­ity are not cov­ered un­der the law if other laws and reg­u­la­tions ap­ply.

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