• Michael Rembis was appointed corporate CEO of Avanti Hospitals, which owns and operates four hospitals in California. He has more than 25 years of executive experience at hospitals in Southern California.
  • Paul S. Viviano, CEO of the University of California, San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences, will become president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Aug. 24. He will succeed Richard D. Cordova, who is retiring.
  • Jennifer Swenson has been named president and CEO of Adventist Health’s Simi Valley Hospital. She was a corporate vice president for Kettering (Ohio) Health Network.
  • Ronnie Daves was named CEO of North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla. Daves was CEO of Carolinas Hospital System–Marion, Mullins, S.C.
  • Matthew J. Wenzel was appointed president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke’s North Hospital, part of Saint Luke’s Health System. He was CEO of Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe, Mo.
  • Kathleen R. Krusie becomes president of North Region of Community Health Networks in Indianapolis on Aug. 17. She succeeds Jason Fahrlander, who was promoted to president of acute care services for the network.
  • Beverly Vilhauer has been named CEO of Wishek (N.D.) Community Hospital and Clinics. She was chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Linton (N.D.) Hospital.
  • Karen Springer was appointed senior vice president, Ascension Health/Tennessee Ministry Market executive, and president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health. She was Saint Thomas Health president and COO. Mike Schatzlein, M.D., became senior vice president, Ascension Health/Group Ministry operating executive. He was Saint Thomas Health CEO and Ascension Health Ministry Market leader for Indiana and Tennessee.
  • Daniel Wolcott was appointed president and CEO of Lodi (Calif.) Health, which joined Adventist Health in May. He was president and CEO of Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn. Wolcott succeeds Joe Harrington, who retires this month.
  • Stephen P. Zieniewicz, executive director of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, will become president and CEO of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., in September.
  • Scott Rathgaber, M.D., will become CEO of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., in September. He was medical vice president of Gundersen’s hospital operations, neurosciences, general surgery, anesthesiology, emergency services, occupational health services and pharmacy.
  • Yolande Wilson-Stubbs, R.N., was named regional COO of long-term acute care services for Presence Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Ill., and Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. She was CEO of Kindred Hospital Boston–North Shore in Peabody, Mass.


  • Robert Shroder, who has been president and CEO of Mercy Health’s Youngstown market for 13 years, announced that he will retire in February 2016. He has spent more than 18 years in executive roles at Mercy Health, all in the Youngstown market. Under Shroder’s leadership, the organization has seen significant growth in admissions, added the 248-bed St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, expanded graduate medical education by adding four new residency programs, trained future nurses through the addition of Mercy College of Ohio Youngstown Campus, restructured the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and brought new organizations into the system. 
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Sept. 27–30:World Medical Tourism, Global Healthcare Congress, Orlando

The eighth congress will discuss why and where patients seek health care abroad, as well as payment issues and regional challenges to medical tourism. For information, visit

Oct. 6–8: 39th World Hospital Congress, Chicago

The International Hospital Association, American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives will host the 39th World Health Care Congress. The conference theme is “Advancing Global Health & Health Care.” Experts from around the world will discuss topics ranging from equity of care to innovation in care delivery. Visit

Oct. 4–6: AHRQ Research Conference, Crystal City, Va.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and AcademyHealth will bring back AHRQ’s annual research conference after a two-year absence. On Oct. 6, they will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to hold sessions. PCORI’s first annual meeting will be held in the same location Oct. 7–9. Visit

Oct. 5–7: Second CAPG Colloquium, Washington, D.C.

With government and commercial payers demanding that hospitals and physicians move into risk-bearing arrangements, the colloquium will focus on how to excel at coordinated care, with a focus on managing risk. Visit