David W. Strong will become president and chief executive officer for Orlando (Fla.) Health in April. He is president of Rex Healthcare, in Raleigh, N.C., an affiliate of UNC Health Care, and chief operating officer for system affiliations at the University of North Carolina Health Care System in Chapel Hill.

Meridian Health, Neptune, N.J., named Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, the nonprofit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s. He was executive vice president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, N.J.

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., will become Duke University’s next chancellor for health affairs and the president and CEO of the Duke University Health System on April 1. He was vice chancellor for health sciences, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine, and CEO of the UCLA Health System, where he was also a distinguished professor of gynecology and health policy, and holds the Gerald S. Levey, M.D., Endowed Chair.

Gerard X. Brogan Jr., M.D., was appointed executive director of the North Shore LIJ-Health System’s Huntington (N.Y.) Hospital in January. He joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System in 1998 as director of emergency services at Plainview Hospital and he was vice president of emergency services for Forest Hills, Franklin, Plainview, Syosset and Southside hospitals.

Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.H., appointed John Marzinzik as president and CEO. He had been senior vice president and chief financial officer since 1993 and has 35 years of administrative and financial experience within a hospital environment.

Brian G. Brannman was named senior vice president of Dignity Health–St. Rose Dominican’s Nevada service area. He will remain president and CEO of the Siena campus. Brannman succeeds Rod A. Davis, who had worked at St. Rose since 1991 and retired in December.

John T. Fox becomes president and CEO of Beaumont Health, Detroit, in March. He was president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, Atlanta.

Tom Chan was appointed vice president and CFO of Meritus Health, Hagerstown, Md. He was vice president of finance management of Adventist HealthCare in Montgomery County, Md.

Richard J. Wager was named senior vice president, operations and chief operating officer for the Benedictine Health System, Duluth, Minn., in January. He was president and founder of Nuscriptrx/New Day Pharmacy.

Michael Hachey became senior vice president and CFO of Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass., in January. He was CFO of Mercy Health System of Maine in Portland.

SSM Health, St. Louis, named Philip Loftus senior vice president and chief information officer in January. He succeeds Tom Langston who retired in July. Loftus was chief information officer of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee.

Lyn Ketelsen, R.N., becomes HCA’s first chief patient experience officer this month. Ketelsen will be responsible for leveraging best practices that have been developed at HCA’s 166 affiliated hospitals and other health care providers throughout the company. Ketelsen was an internal consultant with Genesis Health System.

Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance named Steve Carter senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer. He was CHA’s senior director of data and development and chief security information officer.

Dayton (Ohio) Children’s Hospital named Kelly Kavanaugh vice president of marketing and strategic planning. Kavanaugh was director of the hospital’s marketing and communications program.

Pamela Paulk on March 1 becomes president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the division of Johns Hopkins Medicine that develops international health care collaborations and provides medical concierge services for patients who travel from other regions to receive care at Johns Hopkins. She was senior vice president of human resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Patrick E. Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health in Sacramento, Calif., is the 2015 chair of the American Hospital Association’s constituency section for Health Care Systems Governing Council. Nick Turkal, M.D., president and CEO of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, is the chairman-elect. M. Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in Brewer, Maine, is the immediate past chair.


Jeff Thompson, M.D., plans to step down as CEO of La Crosse, Wis.-based Gundersen Health System this year. He will remain CEO until a successor is named. Recently celebrating 30 years with Gundersen, Thompson served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001, and has been CEO for the last 14 years. He has been board-certified in pediatric critical care, neonatal and perinatal medicine, and pediatrics. During Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen received numerous honors for patient care and quality. Thompson led the system through many significant changes, such as scoring the organization’s highest patient satisfaction rating, developing partnerships in local communities, implementing electronic health records for all patients across all parts of the organization and becoming the first health system in the country to achieve its first days of energy independence in 2014.

Larry Anstine, CEO of University Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will retire in March after more than 25 years at the organization. Marti Taylor, executive director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and a registered nurse, will replace Anstine, while retaining her current position. Anstine began his career at University Hospital in 1990, where he held a variety of administrative and leadership positions for a decade before becoming Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s University Hospital East’s executive director in 1999. Anstine became the first executive director of Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital when it opened its doors in 2004, and assumed an additional role as University Hospital’s chief executive officer one year later. 

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