Appointments

• LifePoint Hospitals named Peter Mulkey chief executive officer of Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands,Va., in June, and Ben Cluff CEO of Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, Utah, in July. Mulkey had been chief operating officer of CVMC since 2010. Cluff was assistant CEO at College Station Medical Center in Texas.

Erol R. Akdamar will become president of HCA's North Texas division on Oct. 1. He has been CEO of HCA's Medical City Dallas Hospital since 2010.

Doug Duffield became president and CEO of Adventist Health's San Joaquin Community Hospital, Roseville, Calif., on July 15. He was president and CEO at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Steve Altmiller became president and CEO of Good Shepherd Health System, Longview, Texas, on July 22. He was president of North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo.

Anthony R. Young became CEO of EASTAR Health System, Muskogee, Okla., in June. He was president and COO of CareATC, a private company.

Robert S. Austin became CEO of Moab (Utah) Regional Hospital. He was CEO at Estes Park (Colo.) Medical Center.

Jim Sinek becomes president of BJC HealthCare's Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, Mo., on Aug. 12. He was president and CEO of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb.

Robert Blake, M.D., became chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, D.C., in July. He was an attending physician at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. Blake was chief medical officer of the HSC Pediatric Center from 2003 through 2005.

Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, D.O., became senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer of Catholic Health Services, Rockville Centre, N.Y., in June. He has held physician and faculty appointments at Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center and the Valley Hospital in New Jersey.

Ed Banos became president and COO of Duke Lifepoint's Marquette (Mich.) General Hospital in June. He was president and CEO of Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview, Texas.

Terry Carroll became chief innovation officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., in July. Carroll was senior vice president of transformation and chief information officer of Fairview Health Services in Prince-
ton, Minn.

J. Frank Gallagher III became vice president of behavioral health services at Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Va., in July. He joined Sentara after five years as CEO of Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center.

Peter Brawer became vice president of delivery system integration for SSM Health Care–St. Louis in June. He was associate chief of staff for research and development at St. Louis Veterans Administration Hospital.

Karlyn B. Wilkins became executive director of the Truman Medical Centers Charitable Foundation, Kansas City, Mo. She replaces the retiring James D. Dawson, who has been with TMC since 2007. Wilkins was director of major and leadership gifts for the University of Missouri—Kansas City, Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

Suzanne Messer became chief clinical officer of Victory Medical Center San Antonio in June. She joined the medical center in November 2012.

Martin Kelvas became system director of pharmacy at DeKalb Medical, Decatur, Ga. He was director of pharmacy services at Saint Thomas Hospital and affiliate faculty at Belmont University College of Pharmacy, both in Nashville, Tenn.

Jan Wood became president for the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, Annapolis, Md., on July 1. Wood joined the foundation in 2010 as director of major gifts. Wood replaces Lisa Hillman who retired on June 30, concluding her 30-year career at the hospital.

Jim Guliano became vice president of quality programs for the Ohio Hospital Association in June. He was vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer with St. John Medical Center, Westlake, Ohio.

Retirements

Richard A. Lechleiter, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will retire from Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 15, 2014. Lechleiter joined the company and became an officer in 1995 when annual revenues were about $400 million. Revenues are now $6 billion annually. Lechleiter has been Kindred's chief financial officer for more than 11 years.

James C. Scoggin Jr., president of HCA's North Texas division since 2006, will retire on Oct. 1. He is a 26-year veteran of HCA and a 33-year veteran of the health care industry. The division includes 14 hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City areas. Scoggin joined HCA when it established a joint venture with the Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio. Thomas O. Corley, CFO of ther North Texas division, will retire on Dec. 31. During his 34-year career with HCA, he held a number of hospital and multifacility leadership positions.

Acquisitions

HCA West Florida agreed in July to buy three Tampa Bay hospitals from Iasis Healthcare LLC. They are 307-bed Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg; 183-bed Memorial Hospital of Tampa; and 201-bed Town & Country Hospital in Tampa. With the acquisition, HCA West Florida will include 19 hospitals and 126 ambulatory surgery centers.

• The Episcopal Diocese of Texas transferred St. Luke's Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives in May. The transfer includes the Texas Medical Center campus, as well as suburban hospital locations in the Woodlands, Sugar Land, Pasadena and the Vintage. In addition, CHI will continue to expand St. Luke's affiliations with Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Texas Children's Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. As part of the transfer of the renamed St. Luke's Health System, CHI will contribute more than $1 billion to create a new Episcopal Health Foundation, which will focus on the unmet health needs of the area's underserved population. CHI has committed an additional $1 billion for future investment in the health system.

• Sherman Health Systems, Elgin, Ill., merged with Advocate Health Care in Chicago on June 1. Sherman Health has been renamed Advocate Sherman Hospital.

The Bell Hospital, Ishpeming, Mich., in June signed a letter of agreement to be acquired by LifePoint Hospitals. LifePoint has committed to providing $5 million in capital investment at the 25-bed critical access hospital over the next decade. Additionally, proceeds from the acquisition transaction will be used to eliminate Bell's debt. All remaining proceeds — approximately $1 million — will be used to fund a locally governed charitable foundation.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y., signed a letter of intent to join CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich. In May, Catholic Health East and Trinity Health merged to form CHE Trinity Health, with operations in 21 states, becoming the second-largest Catholic health care provider in the United States. The sponsorship of 431-bed St. Joseph's would move from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities to Catholic Health Ministries.

Valley HealthCare System, Morgantown, W.Va., and Inova, Falls Church, Va., established a strategic alliance to enhance patient care in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. They have identified several areas of strategic collaboration including clinical research, information technology, population health and clinical service delivery. Each entity will remain separate and independently governed.

Projects

Stamford (Conn.) Hospital broke ground on an 11-story, 636,247-square-foot facility. The estimated $450 million project is scheduled for completion in 2016. Features include: all private rooms; an emergency department with separate treatment areas for trauma, cardiac, urgent, behavioral health and pediatric patients, more than doubling the number and size of exam rooms; larger surgical suites to accommodate new technology and a new pediatric unit; and expanded intensive care unit. The project was designed by WHR Architects.

Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital broke ground on a critical care tower, the center of a $200 million campus transformation. The 368,735-square-foot, seven-story tower will house a neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department, ambulatory surgery center and space for additional clinical programs. The KLMK Group is the onsite project manager. The new tower will be connected to the existing hospital and is expected to open in 2015.

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, broke ground on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000-square-foot translational research and clinical facility. The 11-story facility will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics and an imaging facility. The building is designed by NBBJ and it is expected to be completed in 2016.

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