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Scan Health Plan (Long Beach, California) reported launch of a new $205 million charitable foundation focusing on new solutions for the healthcare needs of California seniors. It said that the Scan Foundation will become one of the nation's largest foundations targeting the needs of the elderly.

Scan also reported the appointment of Bruce Chernof, MD, as foundation CEO. He is currently director and chief medical officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Scan Foundation is being created through a contribution from Scan Health Plan, a non-profit Medicare Advantage organization based in Southern California. The California Department of Managed Health Care has authorized the creation of the Foundation.

"We believe that the establishment of a foundation is the best use of a portion of our dollars, totally consistent with our values and a natural continuation of the legacy of the 12 seniors who founded Scan more than 30 years ago," said Dave Schmidt, CEO of Scan Health Plan.

The foundation said it will spend $5 million toward programs that address the health information technology needs of California's seniors. Other areas may include geriatric education, work in select geriatric disease states and finding new ways to support seniors' ability to remain independent and at home.

In contracts news:

• Alsius (Irvine, California) has been awarded a three-year contract with MedAssets Supply Chain Systems (Alpharetta, Georgia), a provider of group purchasing and supply chain services, serving more than 125 U.S. health systems, including 2,500 hospitals.

MedAssets will co-market Alsius' IVTM systems and catheters and the companies will collaborate on marketing promotions to MedAssets' customers. Alsius will be the provider of intravascular temperature management products to MedAssets' network of acute care hospitals.

Alsius IVTM consists of the CoolGard 3000, Thermogard and Thermogard XP systems and a family of single-use catheters, including the Cool Line, Icy, Fortius and Quattro catheters. The catheters are inserted into a major vein through a patient's neck or groin, and circulate cool or warm saline in a closed-loop through balloons that surround the catheters.

This approach is intended to decrease or increase core temperature from the inside of the body out toward the exterior, allowing more rapid control of a patient's core body temperature, with greater efficiency and precision, compared to conventional products such as cooling and warming blankets and ice packs, Alsius said.