Tim Bess became CEO of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky., on Sept. 2. He was CEO of another Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville, Va., another facility in the LifePoint system. Bess succeeds Mark Brenzel, who had been CEO since 2010.

Barclay E. Berdan was named chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources, Arlington. He succeeds Doug Hawthorne, who announced in January that he was stepping down. Berdan has been Texas Health’s senior executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2012.

Beemal Shah this month became CEO of Duke LifePoint’s Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, N.C. Shah was a health care consultant and chief administrative officer of SmartCare Urgent Care Centers, Atlanta.

Jim FitzPatrick became the permanent president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center–Sioux City (Iowa). He was interim CEO of Mercy–Sioux City since March. FitzPatrick replaces Bob Peebles, who retired earlier this year.

Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, R.N., became COO of PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Wash. She was senior vice president and group executive officer for Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver.

Tina Freese-Decker became president of Spectrum Health in July and Seth W. Wolk, M.D., became chief medical officer of the Spectrum Health Medical Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., in August. Freese-Decker was senior vice president/chief strategy officer and Wolk was also the president of the Spectrum Health medical group.

Joe Kessler was named chief financial officer of Community Health Network in Indianapolis. He was executive vice president and CFO of Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mark Del Beccaro, M.D., will become senior vice president and chief medical officer of Seattle Children’s on Oct. 1. Del Beccaro, who is vice president of medical affairs, will succeed David Fisher, M.D., who is retiring. Del Beccaro has been at Seattle Children’s since 1979.

Mark S. Fratzke became COO and Kinzi Richholt became chief nurse executive of Alameda Health System, Oakland, Calif., in August. Fratzke also will be the chief administrative officer of Highland Hospital, a regional trauma center and teaching hospital located in Oakland. Richholt was the interim chief nurse executive. She had been a consultant for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Antioch, Calif.

Henry H. Ting, M.D., was named senior vice president and chief quality officer at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He was a professor of medicine and the associate dean of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.

Ruth Matthei, R.N., became chief nursing officer of Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park, Ill., in July. She was director of quality for Westlake Hospital and interim chief nursing officer.

Lisa Kidder Hrobsky becomes president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association this month. She succeeds retiring President and CEO Steve Millard. Hrobsky was vice president of legislative affairs for the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C.

Chris Taylor, a 29-year veteran of HCA, Nashville, Tenn., was named president of Parallon Business Solutions, an HCA subsidiary. Taylor had been CFO of Parallon since 2012 and interim president since November 2013.

Lawrence Sanders Jr., M.D., an internist and educator in Atlanta, was installed as the 115th president of the National Medical Association in August. The NMA represents physicians of African descent and promotes parity in medicine and the elimination of health disparities.


Glenn Steele Jr., M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Geisinger Health System, will retire at the end of the health system’s fiscal year in June 2015. He will continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions, an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Md. Steele has been president and CEO at Geisinger since March 1, 2001. During his tenure, the health system has been at the forefront of the transformation of U.S. health care through its advanced use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. Steele is past chairman of the American Board of Surgery and is the the author or co-author of more than 480 scientific and professional articles.

Name Change

Catholic Health Partners, Youngstown, Ohio, the parent system of Humility of Mary Health Partners, has changed its name to Mercy Health. The system already operates under the Mercy name in five of its seven markets.


Carondelet Health, owner of St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo., has signed a letter of intent to sell the hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services Inc. in Ontario, Calif. There will be no additional disclosures until a definitive agreement has been reached.

Duke LifePoint Healthcare finalized its acquisition of WestCare Health System’s 86-bed Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, N.C., 48-bed Swain County Hospital in Bryson City, N.C., and WestCare Medical Park in Franklin, N.C. Duke LifePoint also finalized its acquisition of MedWest Haywood, a 169-bed medical center in Clyde, N.C. MedWest Haywood will now be known as Haywood Regional Medical Center.


Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Md., and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore announced plans to “strengthen” their 15-year collaboration. The agreement initially will focus on sharing best practices and leveraging electronic medical records; strengthening the relationship between Kaiser Permanente and Suburban Hospital, in Bethesda, Md.; bringing care into the home; and building on the existing collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute For Patient Safety And Quality.

Six Wisconsin health care organizations announced a strategic partnership to make “quality, efficient care accessible to approximately 90 percent of Wisconsinites and their neighbors in parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.” Partnership members include Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, ThedaCare and UW Health. The members have the same electronic health record platforms, and offer patients access to 44 hospitals and 5,680 physicians.The partnership could expand its membership. 


New AHA board members selected

The American Hospital Association selected eight new members to its board of trustees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2015. In addition, the board appointed one new member to fill a one-year vacancy.

Appointed to three-year terms are: Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va.; Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Georgetown (S.C.) Hospital System; Brian A. Gragnolati, senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore; Thomas W. Huebner, president of Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center and Rutland Regional Health Services; Michelle Janney, R.N., senior vice president and Wood-Prince Family chief nurse executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago; James Leonard, M.D., president and CEO of the Carle Foundation in Urbana, Ill.; Thomas D. Miller, president, Division V Operations for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tenn.; and Ramanathan Raju, M.D., president and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospital Corp.

Melinda L. Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., was appointed to a one-year term to fill a vacancy.