James Clements, interim president and CEO of the Cullman (Ala.) Regional Medical Center, was named to the permanent position. Previously, he was CEO at South Fulton Medical Center in Atlanta.

Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill., announced that James F. Dover will become HSHS division president and CEO, Southern Illinois Division on May 26. He was ministry market leader, Santa Clara County, Calif., for Daughters of Charity Health System.

Benjamin A. Breier became president and CEO of Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky. He succeeds Paul J. Diaz, who is now executive vice chairman of the Kindred board of directors. Breier also is a member of Kindred’s board. He joined the company in August 2005 as president of the rehabilitation division.

Mark Sparta becomes executive vice president and chief population health officer for Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network this month. He was acting CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.

Tim Adams was named senior vice president of operations and integration by Tenet Healthcare, Dallas. He will oversee the assimilation of acquisitions and joint ventures into the system. Adams joined Tenet in May 2012 and most recently was CEO of the company’s central region, overseeing 15 hospitals and more than 50 outpatient facilities.

William Allison was named senior vice president of health policy and planning for South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. Allison was vice president of economics, finance and information for the Healthcare Association of New York State.

Michael Parish was named vice president of quality and patient safety and Vicki Clevenger was named vice president of audit and chief compliance officer for Carilion Clinic based in Roanoke, Va. Parish was division director for performance excellence with Catholic Health Initiatives’ Nebraska division. Clevenger was vice president and chief compliance, audit and privacy officer for Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

UnityPoint Health, West Des Moines, Iowa, named Susan Haider vice president of marketing and communications. She was with the Deluxe Corp. in St. Paul, Minn.

Victoria King, R.N., was named first system chief nursing officer of PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash. She was CNO of Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Wendi J. Roberts, R.N., was appointed executive director of the Joint Commission’s certification programs. She was field director for its hospital accreditation and disease-specific care certification programs.

Jianfeng Xu, M.D., became vice president of translational medicine within the Center for Personalized Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill. His research will focus on assessing cancer risk from inherited genetic variations and the application of genetic mapping into cancer prevention and treatment.


HealthPartners announced that Jeff Robertson, CEO of Lakeview Health System in Stillwater, Minn., will retire at the end of June. Ted Wegleitner, president of Lakeview Hospital, will succeed him. Robertson joined Lakeview Hospital as CEO in 1987, a role he held for 18 years. When Lakeview Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group came together in 2005, he became CEO of Lakeview Health. In 2011, Robertson guided Lakeview Health through a successful affiliation with HealthPartners. Under the affiliation, Lakeview remains a distinct entity and retains its own governing and foundation boards. Wegleitner became president of Lake- view Hospital in September 2014. Prior to that, he spent three years as president and chief operating officer of TRIA in Bloomington, Minn.

Acquisitions, Mergers, Affiliations

Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton, Colo., and SCL Health, Denver, signed a letter of intent to affiliate. Under the proposed arrangement, the medical center will remain a separate, secular entity with its own administration, medical staff, employees and board of directors. They hope to sign a definitive agreement by the end of the summer.

Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, Tenn., and Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, Tenn., agreed to exclusively explore the creation of a new, integrated and locally governed health system. The decision follows more than a year of merger discussions, internal analysis within each system, conversations in the community and unanimous votes by both boards to examine this option. During the next phases of due diligence, integration analysis, planning for potential integration and government approval, both Mountain States and Wellmont will continue as two separate and independent organizations.

Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, have signed a letter of intent to form a strategic partnership. Neither a purchase nor an acquisition, it is a partnership with a joint operating agreement under which SMH will become part of the newly formed Ochsner Health Network and joint activity will be coordinated by a strategic oversight committee that will include equal representation from both organizations. However, officials say, SMH will remain an independent community hospital with its current board governing the hospital and each organization will retain its name and assets.

Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen, N.J., will become a member of Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network under a definitive agreement signed on April 2, and moves both organizations into the next steps for regulatory approval. The hospital will be known as HackensackUMC Palisades.


The National Minority Quality Forum presented its Booker T. Washington Award to University Hospitals in Cleveland for its efforts to promote diversity at all levels, focus on supplier diversity and reduce health care disparities. University Hospitals CEO Thomas Zenty III accepted the award at the Forum’s Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust in Washington, D.C. “Tom is committed to making sure University Hospitals provides for all aspects of its community,” said Maulik Joshi, AHA associate executive vice president. “Through programs such as Vision 2010, the community is growing economically and through an effort such as the Rainbow Care Connection, access to care has been expanded. I am honored to be able to present the award to such a deserving organization.” University Hospitals last year was an honoree for the AHA’s Equity of Care award. 

León to lead Institute for Diversity

Manuel Tomás León was named president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management of the American Hospital Association. He succeeds Fred Hobby, who led the institute for the past 10 years. Most recently, León served as the president and CEO of the People of Color Network Inc., a community-based accountable care network serving a population of approximately 6,000 individuals in the greater Phoenix region. In Arizona, León’s roles and responsibilities included leadership positions in a community foundation, chamber of commerce and behavioral health organization. He also has partnered with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives to launch a diversity and inclusion initiative. 



June 16–18: The TeamSTEPPS National Conference, Denver

The plenary speaker is Ron Culberson, humorist and author of three books, whose mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive and staff are more content. Visit

June 25–28: Hearing Loss Assn. of America Convention, St. Louis

The 30th annual meeting will include educational workshops divided into four tracks: advocacy, assistive and other technology, hearing aids and cochlear implants, and relationships and communication. Visit

July 23–25: Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit, San Francisco

“Rewriting the Health Care Playbook: Leading Transformation and Innovation” will be the theme of the 23rd annual summit, which will bring together industry experts and senior executives from the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems. Visit

June 15–17: National Healthcare Innovation Summit, Chicago

Organized by HIMSS, the event will feature innovators from the health sector and other industries who will discuss strategies, products and services to help achieve the Triple Aim. Co-chairs are Molly Joel Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer for the UCLA Health System, and Wendy Everett, CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. Visit