Appointments

•SSM Health Care named Chris Howard president and chief executive officer of SSM Health Care–St. Louis. Howard replaces Jim Sanger who retired in December. Howard also is a regional president and system vice president for SSM Health Care–St. Louis. He was regional president and system vice president of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma.

•Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., named Mike Fencel CEO of HMA's North Florida Division, a newly created position that oversees the company's 11 affiliated hospitals in the region. He was CEO of 407-bed Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital. HMA also named Kerry Gillespie to the newly created post of executive vice president of operations finance. Gillespie was divisional chief financial officer for HMA. Previously, he was chief financial officer of Ardent Health Services, Nashville, Tenn.

•Central Florida Health Alliance named Don Henderson CEO of Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Health System. He was president and CEO of Jackson Hospital and Clinic in Montgomery, Ala. He succeeds former CEO Lee Huntley, who resigned in April 2011.

Scott Smith is the new CEO of LifePoint's Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Miss. He was CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Previously, he led Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, La., and River West Medical Center in Palquemine, La.

Susan V. Juris was named president of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, Beachwood, Ohio. She was vice president, patient access, for UH Physician Services.

Greg Losasso was named president of Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital. He joined Elkhart General in 2006 as vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of diagnostic and therapeutic services at Methodist Hospital, Merrillville, Ind.

Kreg Gruber was named president of Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind. Gruber had been COO since 2006. Previously, he was president of Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

John N. Kastanis was appointed interim CEO of Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was president and CEO of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, an affiliate of NYU Medical Center in New York.

Keith Parrott was promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president and COO of Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala. Betsy Postlethwait succeeds Parrott as president of Princeton Baptist Medical Center, also in Birmingham. Parrott joined Baptist Health System in 2008 as president of Princeton Baptist. Postlethwait joined the hospital in 2004 as COO.

Sherry Perkins, R.N., chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., was promoted to COO. Perkins joined AAMC in 2006 as CNO and was promoted to senior vice president of patient care services in 2010.

•Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center appointed Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer. Sawczuk joined the HackensackUMC medical staff in 2001 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York.

Mary K. Eagen was named executive vice president and CNO of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. She had been regional chief nurse executive at Christus Health Southeast Texas in Beaumont since 2004.

•Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., appointed Patricia M. Henry president of its RehabCare division. She will be a member of Kindred's executive management committee. Henry, a speech pathologist, had been executive vice president, skilled rehabilitation services operations at RehabCare since June 1, 2011, when Kindred acquired RehabCare Group Inc.

Dag Jakobsen was named vice president and COO of Adventist Health Physician Services, Roseville, Calif. Most recently, he was a senior vice president with PivotHealth, based in Nashville, Tenn.

•Harrington HealthCare System, South­bridge, Mass., named Harold Lemieux chief information officer. He was CIO at Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton, Mass.

•Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Philadelphia, named Lisa Marsilio executive director. She had served in various capacities for 16 years at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pa.

Paul B. Rothman, M.D., will become the 14th dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine on July 1. Rothman, a rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, was dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and leader of that university's clinical practice plan. He will succeed Edward D. Miller, who will retire after 15 years as both dean and the first CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Warner L. Thomas, president and COO, Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, is the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association's Section for Health Care Systems. Stephen Hanson, senior executive vice president of Texas Health Resources in Arlington, is the chairman-elect. Anthony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tenn., is the immediate past chairman. New appointees elected to serve on the council for three-year terms that began Jan. 1 are: Nancy Agee, president and CEO, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va.; David Bronson, M.D., president, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals; Margaret DeNarvaez, president and CEO, Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, Tenn.; David M. Dill, president and COO, LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn.; Michelle Hood, president and CEO, Eastern Maine Health System, Brewer; Judith Persichilli, president and CEO, Catholic Health East, Newton Square, Pa.; William Thompson, president and CEO, SSM Health Care–St. Louis; Nick Turkal, M.D., president and CEO, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee; and Arthur Ushijima, president and CEO, Queen's Health System, Honolulu.

Kimberly McNally, president of McNally & Associates, will chair the AHA's 2012 Committee on Governance and Katherine Keene, recently retired executive director of Capital Manor, will be chair-elect.

Patricia Ostaszewski, CEO, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, N.J., is the 2012 chair of the AHA's Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation. Lynn C. Jones, senior vice president, post-acute care services and president, Home Health & Community Services, Christiana Care Health System, New Castle, Del., is chair-elect. New members joining the governing council are: Maureen Banks, COO, Spaulding Rehab Hospital and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Boston; Deborah Dale, CEO, Select Specialty Hospital–Denver; Terence Dunn, executive director, Drake Center, and vice president of UC Health, Cincinnati; Lee Frazier, CEO, St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, Sherwood, Ark.; Antoinette Hardy-Waller, board member, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo.; Louis Little, senior vice president, post-acute services and president, WellStar Windy Hill Hospital, Marietta, Ga.; Michael T. Phillips, CEO, Kindred Hospita–Los Angeles; Stacy Smith, COO, Valir Rehabili­tation Hospital, Valir Health, Oklahoma City.

Acquisitions

•Falcon Investors LLC and Transition Healthcare Co., through their affiliate MSMC Investors LLC, have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of 244-bed Metro­South Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., to a subsidiary of Community Health Systems Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

•Community Health Systems Inc. also bought two hospitals for $152 million in northeastern Pennsylvania: 217-bed Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton and 25-bed Mid-Valley Hospital in Peckville.

Projects

•Mercy will build a new 825,000-square-foot hospital in Joplin, Mo., to replace St. John's Mercy Regional Medical Center, which was demolished in an EF-5 tornado in May 2011. The new, larger hospital has a construction budget of $335 million and will have 261 inpatient beds, but can expand to 309. McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. is construction manager. Architectural firms Archimages and HKS are part of the integrated team effort, with Heideman & Associates as the MEP engineer.

•The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington will build a new tower for the John Dempsey Hospital that will include 169 new private patient rooms, a new operating room suite and a new emergency department. HKS Inc./Steffian Bradley Architects, a joint venture, is providing design services for the projects.

St. Francis Hospital will expand and renovate its facility in Columbus, Ga. The $115 million project is to be completed in August 2013. Skanska is in charge of construction.

•Construction is expected to start in July on Adventist Health's $61.2 million, 75,000-square-foot Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif. HBE Corp., St. Louis will provide the architecture, engineering services, construction and site work.

Endless Mountains Health Systems broke ground Jan. 20 for a critical access hospital replacement facility in Montrose, Pa. The first phase is a three-story, 71,600-square-foot building that will include emergency medicine, imaging, laboratory, surgery and inpatient beds. The building is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013. The replacement facility was designed by Stratton Brook Associates LLC of West Simsbury, Conn. Construction management services are being provided by Sordoni Construction Services of Forty Fort, Pa.

•The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners approved a $70 million plan to renovate and update the Broward Health's North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

•Kettering Health Network announced the completion of the $120 million, 276,000-square-foot Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center, Beavercreek, Ohio. It was designed by HOK and Jain Malkin and Danis Building Construction was the construction manager.

Openings

•The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. was dedicated in November. The $826 million project consolidates the services of Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center. The design-build team comprises Clark/Balfour Beatty, a joint venture, and designer-of-record HKS Architects. The initial concept design was developed by AECOM and HOK Architects.

The North Shore–LIJ Health System celebrated the completion of a $300 million, 10-story glass tower featuring 162 single-bed rooms and the Zuckerberg Pavilion and Katz Women's Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

•Phoebe Putney Health System and KLMK Group Inc. opened the 76-bed, 183,000-square-foot Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga. Gresham Smith & Partners was the architect, and the construction manager was Brasfield & Gorrie.