Tuesdays inauguration of Barack Obama as the nations 44th president promises to be a historic moment. And healthcare executives are getting in on the event by donating thousands of dollars for the affair, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee Web site, pic2009.org.
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Along with Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks and Sharon Stone, top donors include Thomas Strickland and Anthony Welters, UnitedHealth Group executives who gave $50,000 each. Kindred Healthcare CEO Paul Diaz also gave $50,000the contribution limit. Todd Park, Athenahealth co-founder is listed as a contribution bundler, raising $50,000, according to the committees Web site. Charles Kennedy, a WellPoint vice president, gave $10,050.
Some docs gave large amounts. Thomas Pfeffer, chief of cardiac surgery at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, gave $10,000. Keith Black, neurosurgery department chairman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, gave $50,000.
Among the hundreds of donorswho have raised a total of more than $35 million for the eventare dozens of employees and executives at hospitals across the country, some giving as little as $200 each, the minimum donation the committee is reporting. For instance, Edmund Hodge, executive vice president of Adventist Healthcare in Rockville, Md., gave $750. Thats a bit more generous than comedian Robin Williams, according to the inauguration Web site, who donated just $500.
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