Susan Fox became White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital’s president and CEO in May. She succeeded Jon B. Schandler, who retired as CEO on April 30 after 38 years at the institution. Fox joined White Plains Hospital in 2010 as senior vice president of administration and was named president in January 2013.

Delvecchio S. Finley will become the chief executive officer of the Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif., in August. He had been CEO of Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles since October 2011.

Madeline Bell, currently president and chief operating officer, was appointed president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She will succeed Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., who will retire July 1 after 15 years as CEO.

Lynn Wold became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 1. He succeeds Peter Thoreen, who has led St. Luke’s for 12 years and will retire from UnityPoint Health at the end of the year. Wold has been COO of St. Luke’s since 2008 and was interim president from July 2014 to earlier this year.

Johns Hopkins Medicine appointed Robert A. Kasdin to the newly created role of senior vice president and COO. Kasdin has been senior executive vice president at Columbia University since 2002. He starts on July 1.

Rodney B. Hanners was appointed COO of Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California and CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. He was senior vice president and COO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Mark T. Steele, M.D., was named COO of Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo. He will continue as TMC chief medical officer among his other responsibilities as UMKC School of Medicine associate dean of TMC Programs and University Physician Associates executive medical director.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit, named London A. Quicci chief operating officer in May. Quicci has been with DMC for the last 22 years, most recently as administrator of the DMC Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights.

Michael Murphy, M.D., becomes CMO of PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Wash., in June. He was CMO of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego. Dan Hein has become senior vice president and chief information officer of PeaceHealth. He has been interim CIO since August 2014.

Souhel Najjar, M.D., was appointed senior vice president of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York, and executive director of the neurology service line. In addition, he will continue as chair and professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, as well as chair of neurology services at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital.

Matthew Sojka, M.D., will become regional president of SSM Health’s St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Medical Group in Mount Vernon, Ill., in July. He is currently regional vice president and CMO of UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barclay Ferguson was named chief financial officer of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, based in Milwaukee. Ferguson was vice president of finance for Florida-based 21st Century Oncology.

Community Health Network in Indianapolis named Ron Lewis vice president and chief operations officer of its east region. He has held executive leadership roles at the network since 2013.

LifePoint Health, formerly LifePoint Hospitals, appointed Kathryn Hays Sasser vice president, litigation, and Bennet Waters as vice president, strategic resource group. Sasser was litigation counsel for Asurion LLC. Waters was a member and managing director of the Chertoff Group. John Young, M.D., was named national medical director of cardiovascular services. He was the division chair for cardiovascular medicine at Adena Health System in Chillicothe, Ohio. Alan Larson will become LifePoint Health’s south central Virginia market president and CEO of Danville (Va.) Regional Medical Center on Aug. 1. Larson founded TD HealthCare, a health care consulting and interim leadership organization and has been the company’s CEO since 2006.


Nemours Children’s Hospital President Roger Oxendale will retire at the end of the year. Dana Nicholson Bledsoe, R.N., will become the next president of the Orlando, Fla. organization and will assume leadership in July. Oxendale joined Nemours in April 2010 and oversaw construction of the $400 million hospital, which opened in Lake Nona Medical City in October 2012. Beldsoe was president of the 174-bed Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla., from 2011 to 2013. More recently, she helped to develop strategic plans to guide Nemours’ operations in North and Central Florida.

Alabama Hospital Association President and CEO Mike Horsley will retire at the end of this year. The former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Alabama Medicaid Agency began his tenure at AlaHA in 1991. “Mike has been an invaluable asset for our hospitals, and while he has laid a terrific foundation for his successor, his leadership will definitely be missed,” said AlaHA Chairman Clark Christianson, president and CEO of Providence Health System in Mobile. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said, “Mike has been a driving force in improving hospital care for Alabama’s patients and families.”

David P. Gehant, president and CEO of Boulder (Colo.) Community Health since 1988, will retire at the end of the summer. He is credited as the architect of BCH’s evolution from a single hospital into an integrated health network with 2,300 employees and 18 facilities across six communities. During his 27 years at the helm, he has pursued his vision that unifying local health care operations would be key to maintaining a strong, independent health care system. His first major move was purchasing Boulder Memorial Hospital and merging its operations with Boulder Community Hospital. Boulder Memorial became the Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation. Gehant began employing local physicians in 1994 and BCH now employs 109 physicians and other providers at its clinics.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and Abington ( Pa.) Health’s merger has been completed. The organization, to be known as Jefferson, will have one combined board with equal representation from Jefferson and Abington.

Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network have signed a definitive agreement to merge and become Hackensack Meridian Health. The combined entity will have 11 hospitals along with a network of physician practices and other facilities.

Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center and LifePoint Health signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to share ownership and operation of the hospital. Under the terms of the agreement, LifePoint will own 80 percent of the joint venture, while WRMC and the community will retain a 20 percent ownership stake. The board will have equal representation from WRMC and LifePoint.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y., will join Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., as part of an agreement signed in April. Locally, St. Joseph’s will continue to manage and operate its facilities, programs and local patient care.

Name Change

LifePoint Hospitals changed its name to LifePoint Health to reflect its evolution from a community hospital operator to a health care company addressing comprehensive needs across the continuum of care. The change coincides with the company’s 16th anniversary. LifePoint operates facilities in 20 states. 

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