Kevin Schoeplein is the new chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare System in Peoria, Ill., taking over for James M. Moore, who retired after 34 years with the organization. Schoeplein began his career at The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1978 as an assistant administrator at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was named executive vice president of OSF Healthcare System in 2004 while continuing in leadership roles at OSF Saint Francis Inc. and the OSF Healthcare Foundation.

•Park Plaza Hospital, Houston, part of the Tenet Texas health care network, appointed John Tressa CEO. He has been at the hospital for five years, first as chief operating officer and then as interim CEO.

Clifford B. Shiepe was promoted from senior vice president to CEO of Tri-City Regional Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

•LHP Hospital Group Inc. appointed Matt Maxfield CEO of Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (Texas), slated to open fall 2012. Maxfield was CEO of Brownwood (Texas) Regional Medical Center.

•Highland Community Hospital, Picayune, Miss., named Mark Stockstill administrator. He was COO from October 2009 until his appointment as CEO in February.

Dan Fromm was named chief financial officer at Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis. Before joining Fairview, he was controller at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

Vance Moore was named senior vice president of operations for Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, and Gene Kirtser was named president and CEO of ROi, Mercy's supply chain management company. Moore was ROi president and CEO. Kirtser was COO at ROi.

Bill Wing became senior vice president for system performance and strategy of Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif., on June 1. He succeeded Scott Reiner, who was promoted to executive vice president and COO upon the retirement of Larry Dodd. Wing was senior vice president for RevWorks at Cerner Corp. in Kansas City, Mo.

•WakeMed, Raleigh, N.C., named Cindy Alness Boily, R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing officer. She was CNO of Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boily replaces Mary Ann Wilcox, who left to become CNO for Carolinas Medical Center.

•The Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center promoted Susan Eckert, R.N., to senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing executive. She was director of the Institute for Innovations in Nursing Readiness, ER One Institute. Tonya Washington, R.N., was promoted to vice president of nursing operations. She was assistant vice president of nursing and interim CNO.

•Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center appointed Thomas A. Kruse vice president, network development and marketing. He was vice president and chief strategy officer at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton, Wash.

Cynthia Barginere, R.N., was appointed vice president for clinical nursing and chief nursing officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and associate dean for practice, Rush University College of Nursing. She was CNO and COO at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Ala.

Dennis L. Stefanacci was named president of the Broward Health Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was vice president of the Max Planck Florida Foundation in Jupiter. Donna L. Lewis was appointed corporate compliance/privacy offer for Broward Health. She was senior compliance analyst. Previously, she was chief compliance/privacy officer for the Health Care District in Palm Beach County, Fla.

•MetroSouth Medical Center, Blue Island, Ill., appointed Steven H. Rube, M.D., to a dual post as medical director of the hospital's health centers and chief medical information officer, overseeing the hospital's seven community health centers and information technology for all health centers and the hospital. He was CMO and executive vice president of EmpowER systems.

•The University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, Ill., named Mike Hebrank vice president and chief information officer. He was chief technology officer/CIO with investment manager Campbell & Company in Baltimore.

•Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie named Victor Esan chief practice officer. He had worked at Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo, Ind. J. Matthew Neal, M.D., was named executive medical director, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Academic Affairs. He was program director of the internal medicine residency.

Katrina Crist will become CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Washington, D.C., on June 27. She was CEO and executive director for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

John E. Turner was named CEO of Behavioral Centers of America, Nashville, Tenn. He was senior vice president of operations.

•The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center appointed Andre Goy, M.D., chairman and director. He will continue as chief of lymphoma. The previous chairman, Andrew Pecora, M.D., will be chief innovations officer and professor and vice president of cancer services at Hackensack University Medical Center.

•Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla., named Mike Viola director of properties and construction. He was director of support services at Gulf Breeze (Fla.) Hospital. Alicia Snyder was promoted to executive director of risk management and corporate compliance and Keith Strickling was named controller of Baptist Health Care's Atmore and Jay hospitals.

•Nyack Hospital, N.Y., appointed Jennifer Morris chief compliance officer. She was senior internal auditor in the corporate compliance and internal audit department at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

Paul W. Abramowitz will become executive vice president and CEO-designate of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Md., in September. He will succeed Henri R. Manasse Jr., who will retire in December. Abramowitz is currently the associate hospital director for professional services and chief pharmacy officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.


Edward D. Miller, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the first CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, will retire in June 2012. He has overseen extensive expansion of the organization's facilities in Baltimore. In April, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., became the first hospital outside the Baltimore region to join JHM. Miller also built partnerships with hospitals in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. He recently signed an agreement to help Malaysia develop its first private, integrated medical school and teaching hospital. Under Miller's leadership, the medical school introduced a curriculum to train physicians to promote health and provide care based on the rapidly expanding knowledge of the human genome.


•James Mongan, M.D., a nationally recognized advocate for access to health care for all Americans and policy expert on health care financing, cost and quality, died May 4 at age 69 in Boston. Mongan was president and CEO of Partners HealthCare in Boston for six years, leaving a legacy of wide adoption of electronic health records, increased transparency and better care coordination. He also headed Massachusetts General Hospital for six years and Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., for 15 years. Mongan served on the boards of both the American Hospital Association and its Health Research & Educational Trust. He received the AHA Distinguished Service Award in 2010. "Jim's quiet determination to do the right thing and push for excellence was an inspiration for us all," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "Hospitals have lost a wise and compassionate leader."

Mergers and Acquisitions

•HCA, Nashville, Tenn., completed its acquisition of Mercy Hospital in Miami. Mercy becomes a campus of Plantation (Fla.) General Hospital, an HCA affiliate, and has been renamed Mercy Hospital–A campus of Plantation General Hospital. The 473-bed facility will continue to serve as a Catholic acute care hospital. HCA's East Florida Division now includes 13 hospitals, 12 outpatient surgery centers, an integrated regional laboratory and numerous imaging facilities, physician practices and medical education and training programs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

•IASIS Healthcare LLC, Franklin, Tenn., bought a 79 percent stake in St. Joseph Medical Center, a 792-bed facility in Houston. The transaction was based upon an enterprise value of $165 million and is subject to final purchase price adjustments. Physician investors own the balance of the hospital's equity. St. Joseph provides a full range of general, acute care medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient services including cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, cancer, intensive/critical care, emergency, neurosurgery, imaging, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care and a full-service women's program, as well as such subacute services as psychiatric and rehabilitation units.

•In the New York City metropolitan area, North Shore-LIJ Health System and Montefiore Medical Center, the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, have formed a strategic alliance. While the providers will remain independent, they will collaborate to share best practices aimed at enhancing quality and access to clinical services, as well as advance medical science, education and operational efficiencies. The alliance will develop models of care coordination and care management programs, and launch streamlined alliances in pediatrics and transplantation. It also will enable Montefiore and North Shore-LIJ to share information technology programs, create best practices in medical education, and organizational development and launch public health.

HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., entered into a definitive agreement to sell its six long-term acute care hospitals to LifeCare Holdings Inc., Plano, Texas, for approximately $120 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011. The LTCHs are: HealthSouth Hospital at Tenaya, Las Vegas, Nev.; HealthSouth Hospital of Houston; HealthSouth RidgeLake Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.; HealthSouth Hospital of Pittsburgh; HealthSouth Regional Specialty Hospital, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; HealthSouth Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana, Ruston, La.; and two satellite locations, HealthSouth Hospital of North Louisiana in Farmerville, and HealthSouth Hospital of North Louisiana in Homer.


•The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital opened April 30. The 275,000-square-foot facility includes 96 private, acute care rooms, medical-surgical units, a pediatric intensive care unit and a 24-hour children's emergency department. The $175 million construction cost was covered in part by philanthropy. The largest gift came from Caroline Amplatz, who donated $50 million in honor of her father, Kurt Amplatz, M.D., a former University of Minnesota clinical professor and medical-device pioneer.

Wright Memorial Hospital, Trenton, Mo., began moving patients into its new 25-bed, 60,000-square-foot facility on April 12. The $30 million hospital features digital mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner, two surgical suites and a 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department with trauma bay and private ambulance entrance. An electronic intensive care unit will open in the fall. ACI/Boland was project architect and JE Dunn was the general contractor.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, Calif, this summer will open a four-story, $180 million patient care wing. It houses a 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a women's pavilion with labor and delivery suites, gastroenterology lab and additional operating rooms. The expansion comes as the medical center celebrates its 50th year of providing health care services in the North San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

•Baptist Health Care's Gulf Breeze (Fla.) Hospital completed a $5 million expansion in April. The project added 10,000 square feet, two ICU beds and 10 private beds, bringing the total licensed beds to 77.


•The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors awarded a $165 million contract for the design and construction of a new inpatient facility for the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center. The contract includes the renovation of about 194,000 square feet of an existing six-story tower and a new 25,000-square-foot building for a cafeteria and offices. The contract was awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Company. The work is set to be completed in September 2013.

•A new 184-bed medical center will replace the Veteran Administrations's Denver Medical Center for the Eastern Colorado Health Care System and will be constructed at the Fitzsimons campus in Aurora, Colo. It will include a 30-bed spinal cord injury/disease center, a 30-bed community living center and a research building. A joint venture of the Kiewit Building Group Inc. and Turner Construction is working on the first phase, the renovation of a former UPI office building, which will include 120,000 square feet of space for mental health services and a Department of Defense outpatient clinic for the U.S. Air Force. The new medical center is scheduled to be completed in February 2014.

•Construction was completed on the Katz Women's Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y, a $50 million expansion and modernization project that features 73 private rooms. The project included the addition of a fifth floor to what is now known as the Katz Pavilion, in honor of former North Shore-LIJ Health System Chairman Saul Katz and his wife Iris, and the gutting and rebuilding of the third and fourth floors in the same building.

Overland Park (Kan.) Regional Medical Center will start work on a $121 million expansion this year. The 215,291-square-foot project will include a 72-bed tower for medical and surgical acute care, critical care, and orthopedic, neuroscience and trauma patients. All rooms will become private, so capacity will remain at 343 beds. The project includes a new emergency department with expanded trauma services, expansion of the cardiac catheterization lab and neuro-interventional services, and new endoscopy suites. The hospital is operated by HCA Midwest Health System.

Seattle Children's Hospital celebrated the first construction phase of the hospital's expansion plan to move from a 254-bed facility, to a 500- to 600-bed facility by 2030. The project will add 330,000 square feet and 60 to 80 additional inpatient beds for cancer and critical care patients. Building Hope, the first phase of the expansion, will be completed in 2013. •

Major Gifts

•The foundation of Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., received a $1.25 million gift that will be used toward the construction of a new surgical suite. Gina Santori, M.D., a podiatrist on the hospital staff, made the gift in honor of her late husband Richard, who owned car dealerships.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (Calif.) received a $5 million gift from an anonymous source to support a capital campaign for the expansion of emergency and medical-surgical services.

•The University of Pennsylvania received a $225 million gift from philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman and his wife, Ruth, to benefit the school of medicine. The gift is the largest in the university's history and the largest single gift to name a school of medicine in the United States. University officials said the donation will create a permanent endowment for the school, which will be renamed the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, "to provide significantly more financial aid to medical school students, recruit the most talented physicians and scientists and support innovative research." The medical school will increase its financial aid budget by at least 20 percent for the medical school class entering in 2012.