Other C-suite Job Changes

• Heath A. Evans was named South Georgia Medical Center’s interim CEO. He had been COO for the past year. Previously, Evans was COO of Community Health Systems at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro and CEO at Shands Live Oak (Fla.).

• The Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Visalia, Calif., named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Rayner interim CEO, succeeding CEO Lindsay Mann. Mann left the organization at the end of March after 36 years in various roles to become a mission president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mexico City.

• Cliff Deveny, M.D., became interim president and CEO of Summa Health, Akron, Ohio, in March. Most recently, he was president of Locus Health, a health care software developer. From 2011 to 2016, he was senior vice president for physician services and clinical integration at Catholic Health Initiatives in Colorado. Previously, Deveny spent more than 20 years at Summa Health in a variety of clinical and senior leadership roles.

• Paul VerValin, COO of the Guthrie Clinic, was named interim president of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. VerValin is responsible for operational performance of the multispecialty group practice and four-hospital system, and the organization’s strategic business development and strategic partnerships. Prior to returning to Guthrie in 2013, VerValin was the president and chief administrative officer of the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and senior vice president of Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville.

• Elliot Health System, Manchester, N.H., appointed Doug Dean interim CEO. Dean had retired from Elliot Health System as president and CEO in June 2014, but agreed to return while the search is underway for a permanent CEO.

Retirements

• HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd will retire June 1 after 15 years of leading the Bloomington, Minn.-based nonprofit health care organization. Executive Vice President Andrea Walsh will succeed her. During Brainerd’s tenure, the organization has grown to more than 23,000 employees with more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 23 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. It also includes a large dental practice, 1.5 million members in medical and dental health plans, and the HealthPartners Institute. Walsh has been with HealthPartners since 1994 in various leadership roles, including chief marketing officer and senior vice president and corporate counsel, public and legal affairs. 

• Jim Fiorenzo retired in March as president and CEO of UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. He will remain as a special adviser to his successor David Gibbon through June. Fiorenzo began his career at the hospital as a pharmacy intern and, after graduating from pharmacy school in 1975, started working there full time. Over the years, he held a series of jobs with the organization. As COO, Fiorenzo helped to oversee the process when Hamot joined UPMC in 2011. He succeeded John Malone as CEO in 2012. During Fiorenzo’s tenure, the hospital underwent a series of construction projects, including a $30 million renovation of its south complex. In December, it announced plans to build a $111 million, seven-story patient tower.

Projects

• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is planning an expansion that includes a new pediatric hospital at its North Druid Hills Road campus and the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which recently broke ground. Children’s is also investing in its facilities across its system as a part of its Every Child Deserves Children’s strategic plan to expand access. Specific transportation, site and building plans for the North Druid Hills Campus will be developed over the next 18 months. Children’s total investment in the new hospital is expected to be $1 billion to $1.3 billion.

• The University of Southern California will begin planning for the construction of a hospital on its Health Sciences Campus, focused on the high-acuity services that are the emphasis of the Keck Medicine of USC medical enterprise. The medical enterprise has experienced significant growth in virtually all areas over the last four years, while at the same time Keck Hospital of USC had the nation’s highest acuity rate, meaning it provides care for the most complex medical cases. Creative concepts for the new facility will be further developed over the next several months, followed by planning and design. Construction could begin as soon as 2020, with plans for completion by 2026.

Openings

• MidMichigan Health has more than quadrupled the size of its Health Park in Mt. Pleasant, adding a 24-hour emergency department, an outpatient surgery center and a wide range of other services. MidMichigan Health opened the 128,000-square-foot facility on Feb. 1 with a new name: MidMichigan Medical Center–Mt. Pleasant. MidMichigan Health and the University of Michigan Health System are aligned in a clinical and business partnership.

• Cleveland Clinic opened its $276 million, 377,000-square-foot home for cancer care, Taussig Cancer Center. The new multidisciplinary building has 126 exam rooms and 98 treatment rooms, and aims to incorporate all services under one roof.

Mergers

• Good Shepherd Health System finalized an agreement to become part of Christus Health. This agreement brings together two health systems to create Christus Good Shepherd Health System to improve access to care for patients and expand health care services throughout East Texas. Christus Good Shepherd will become part of the Christus Health Northeast Texas region. As part of this change, Good Shepherd President and CEO Steve Altmiller will transition out of the system. Todd Hancock will be market president and CEO. He has been with Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health system since 2008. Jason Adams will be market COO. He was at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M., where he served as regional COO. In addition, Good Shepherd Medical Center will become Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center–Longview, and Good Shepherd Medical Center–Marshall will become Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center–Marshall.

Affiliations

• Mercy and St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis entered into a definitive affiliation agreement. St. Anthony’s will affiliate with Mercy’s four acute care hospitals and 730 physicians across the greater St. Louis region. Leaders, board members and physicians from both organizations are working through the process of finalizing the details, with the goal of completing the agreement this spring.

• Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center completed the process of reorganizing their operations under a common corporate parent led by a board of trustees that will oversee the fully integrated academic health system called Rush. Rush will focus on bringing academic medicine to Chicago's western suburbs and beyond. The new 13-member Rush system board of trustees is responsible for overseeing the vision and strategy for Rush, which includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush-Copley, Rush Oak Park Hospital and their respective subsidiaries. Michael Dandorph, president of Rush University Medical Center, will be president of the Rush system. Barry Finn will continue as president and CEO of Rush-Copley and also will be an executive officer of the Rush system.

Acquisition

• Wuesthoff Health System, Rockledge, Fla., agreed to be purchased by Steward Health Care LLC. A total of eight hospitals are being sold as part of the agreement. They include three in Ohio: Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, and Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Warren. Two are in Pennsylvania: Sharon Regional Health System and Easton Hospital. Three are in Florida: Wuesthoff Medical Center–Rockledge, Wuesthoff Medical Center–Melbourne and Sebastian River Medical Center. Steward Health Care is a physician-led integrated health care services organization and community hospital network, which operates nine community hospitals in eastern Massachusetts, along with Steward Medical Group and the Steward Health Care Network. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Until the transaction is complete, current ownership remains in place.