• Hugh Tilson was named chief operating officer of the North Carolina Hospital Association. He has been in various leadership positions at NCHA over the past 17 years, most recently as executive vice president.
• The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named James S. Marks, M.D., executive vice president in January. He was senior vice president and director, program portfolio. Prior to joining RWJF in 2004, he retired as assistant surgeon general.
Mergers and Acquisitions
• Monroe–Mercy Memorial Hospital System, Monroe, Mich., has become part of ProMedica, Toledo, Ohio. The new name for the hospital is ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Mercy Memorial and ProMedica signed a definitive agreement in July 2014 and since that time have worked to construct an agreement for the hospital to join ProMedica. The joinder agreement includes a Monroe-area board of trustees with redefined governance authority. The medical staff will maintain its governing structure and bylaws.
• Lodi (Calif.) Memorial Hospital Association plans to affiliate with Adventist Health. If the affiliation is approved by the California Attorney General’s Office, the transaction may be completed as early as this spring. Adventist Health will operate Lodi Memorial Hospital and all other Lodi Health services and intends to retain Lodi Health’s senior leadership and employees. Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif, has committed to investing at least $100 million in Lodi Health.
• Saint Francis Care Inc., Hartford, Conn., will join Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich. The definitive agreement outlines the creation of a nonprofit regional health system that includes Saint Francis Care and the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Mass., already a member of Trinity Health. It is expected to be completed by late 2015. Once the partnership is complete, Trinity Health will ensure the investment of at least $275 million over the next five years in capital projects in the new region.
• Kindred Healthcare Inc. completed the previously announced acquisition of Centerre Healthcare Corp., for approximately $195 million in cash. Centerre operates 11 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 612 beds in partnership with acute care hospital systems through joint ventures. It has two additional hospitals with a total of 90 beds under construction. With this acquisition, Kindred establishes a focused growth platform, and business line, known as Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, which combines the services of RehabCare, Kindred’s Rehabilitation Hospitals and Centerre. The business operates in 36 states in 384 locations and will continue to operate under Kindred’s RehabCare Division.
• Oceans Behavioral Hospital Plano (Texas) has opened for patients. The 48-bed, 37,000-square-foot facility provides care to adults 55 and older with behavioral disturbances and brain-related degenerative conditions. The hospital is a joint venture between Dallas-based real estate investment and development company SRP Medical and Lake Charles, La.-based provider of behavioral health facilities Oceans Healthcare. Ascension Group Architects, Arlington, Texas, was the architect.