What’s in store for the exec tapped to lead Cook County Health

Rocha, 42, declined an interview request through a CCH spokeswoman. “Out of respect for the formal process, it would be premature for me to say anything more than I look forward to the next steps,” he said in an email from the spokeswoman.

As a vice president at NYC Health + Hospitals, Rocha has served as CEO of Elmhurst Hospital since 2016 and CEO of Queens Hospital since earlier this year.

The 11-hospital system, with 42,000 employees, was inundated with COVID-19 cases this year, having gone from no hospitalized coronavirus patients on March 1 to 3,700 patients by April 1, system CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz recently told Modern Healthcare. The experience challenged the system to think differently about keeping up with demand, as increasing staffing numbers only hikes costs, Katz said.

Rocha “has deep experience with handling the unexpected twists and turns of this virus. . . .He has run

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Wellness Exec Abby Miller Levy Partners With Venture Capitalist Alan Patricof To Change The Aging Narrative

“We’re not a social impact firm,” said Abby Levy, managing partner and co-founder for the early venture investment firm Primetime Partners. “However, if we don’t have social impact, we’re not doing our job right. I like to call it profit with a purpose.”

Levy and veteran investor Alan Patricof are defining a new investment niche. Their company Primetime Partners provides seed and early-stage venture capital to founders focused on an underserved, trillion-dollar global market — aging.

“We’re interested in some pretty big themes, such as the financial security of older adults,” said Levy, adding that half of Americans are projected to run out of money before they die. “We’re focused on care coordination because there are 50 million unpaid family caregivers

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Retired Wall Street Exec Discovers Benefits of Fitness at 70

Forget second acts. Jim Owen, who turns 80 on Oct. 20, is capitalizing on his third. His new documentary film, “The Art of Aging Well,” is the culmination of what he describes as his purpose and his legacy: Inspiring older adults to become healthier and more active.

“We’re experiencing a health care crisis that no one talks about, and it’s not the second wave of the pandemic: We are a nation of couch potatoes, and it’s literally killing us,” says Owen, who lives in San Diego.

The film ran on Wyoming PBS,  airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on Sept. 24 and will be available to PBS member stations through the National Educational Telecommunications Association starting Oct. 31.

He had read that if you live to age 70, you’d likely live another 15 years. With no desire to spend those years in pain with no energy, he vowed to get

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