Appointments

Wright L. Lassiter III will become president of Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, on Dec. 15. He is expected to succeed Nancy Schlichting as chief executive officer when she retires in December 2016. Lassiter is CEO of Alameda Health System, Oakland, Calif.

Kevin Croston, M.D., will become CEO of North Memorial Health Care, Robbinsdale, Minn., in April. He will succeed Loren Taylor, who is retiring. Croston joined the health system in 1993 and is currently chief medical officer and president of its physician organization.

Robert I. Bonar Jr. will become CEO of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in December, succeeding Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D. Bonar was president and CEO of the Seton Family of Hospitals and CEO of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

Michael McDermott, M.D., was named CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va. He will succeed Fred Rankin, who will retire at the end of the year. McDermott is a radiologist with Radiologic Associates in Fredericksburg. He joined the practice in 1997 and has served as medical director of medical imaging since 2008.

Margaret M. Van Bree will become president of Lifespan’s Rhode Island Hospital and its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in January. She will succeed Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., who will continue as president and CEO of the Lifespan system. Van Bree was senior vice president and CEO of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston.

Brian Floyd became president of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., in October. He was executive vice president. Current President Steve Lawler will retire in two years and, in the meantime, will transition into a president emeritus role and market leader for Vidant Health, which will include Vidant Medical Center and several other community hospitals.

Bonnie Panlasigui became chief administrative officer for Alameda Health System’s Alameda Hospital in Oakland, Calif., in October. Most recently, she was chief operating officer at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., part of the Lutheran Health Network.

Karen Westervelt became senior vice president and COO of New York–Presbyterian Healthcare System in October. She succeeds Wayne Osten, who is retiring. Westervelt was president and CEO of the William F. Ryan Community Health Network in New York City.

Anne Boland Docimo, M.D., became chief medical officer for Jefferson Health System, Philadelphia, in September. She was CMO of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan and senior medical director of UPMC’s hospital division.

Raoul Mayer, M.D., became vice president of medical affairs for DeKalb Medical, Decatur, Ga. He also will have administrative responsibilities for the podiatry residency program. Mayer has been on staff at DeKalb Medical for more than 17 years.

LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., appointed Mary Kiger as vice president of service line development, Conrad Deese as vice president of finance for LifePoint’s Eastern Group and Rick Phillips as vice president of clinical operations. Previously, Kiger was responsible for strategy, business development and marketing at Guardian Healthcare Providers Inc. in Brentwood. Deese was chief financial officer and vice president of operations finance for Health Management Associates, Chicago. Phillips was vice president, supply chain and clinical services, for LifePoint.

Daniel T. Yunker became president and CEO for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council in September. He succeeded Kevin Scanlan, who retired. Yunker had been senior vice president for the MCHC executive team for 10 years.

Lucia Savage became chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in October. She was senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare.

Retirements

Joseph A. Trunfio, president and CEO of Atlantic Health System, Morristown, N.J., in September announced his retirement after 15 years at the helm. He will continue to lead the organization as the board of trustees undertakes a national search for his successor. During his tenure, Trunfio oversaw the strategic expansion of the system, with the additions of Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center. He led the organization to develop AllSpire Health Partners, an alliance of seven health care systems in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania that seeks to improve quality, affordability and access to health care by sharing clinical, intellectual and economic capabilities. In 2011, he oversaw the creation of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest in the nation.

Garry C. Faja, president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich., will retire at the end of the year. He spent most of his 32-year career as president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and served as SJMHS’ first president and CEO. The system comprises the southeast Michigan CHE Trinity Health hospitals and health centers. Under his leadershiop, SJMHS created a 15-bed neonatal intensive care unit, new patient towers and a surgery pavilion at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor; a two-story addition at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea featuring 54 private rooms and a new emergency department; a new eight-story tower with 136 acute care private beds at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland; and a 154,000-square-foot addition at St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

Major Gift

The Stamford (Conn.) Hospital Foundation in October announced a $20 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to create the Cohen Children’s Institute at Stamford Hospital. The institute will incorporate all pediatric services at the hospital, including the Cohen Children’s Specialty Center at the Tully Health Center; and a fully integrated pediatric inpatient unit to be created in the Whittingham Pavilion following the opening of the new Stamford Hospital in 2016. The new hospital also will house the Cohen Pediatric Emergency Services Center and trauma program.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Dignity Health, San Francisco, and Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Calif., member of CHE Trinity Health, have signed a letter of intent to create an integrated health care delivery network. Under the agreement, Dignity Health, which owns and operates 32 hospitals and clinics in California, will provide management and clinical integration services through its affiliated company, Managed Care Systems, for affiliated physicians of Saint Agnes Medical Center. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center and LifePoint Hospitals will form a joint venture partnership. LifePoint will invest more than $100 million in WRMC, which includes significant capital investments in the hospital. The WRMC board will use proceeds of the transaction to create a foundation focused on community health. The joint venture partnership is expected to be finalized in early 2015.

After agreeing to a mutually beneficial partnership, White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital will become a member of the Montefiore Health System in New York City and will serve as tertiary hub of Montefiore’s Westchester, N.Y., network pending final approval by the state health commissioner.

Kindred Healthcare Inc. and Gentiva Health Services Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Gentiva common stock. The combined company will have pro forma annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion and operating income of $1 billion. The combined company will continue to be headquartered in Louisville, Ky. and will maintain a regional presence in Atlanta. The combined home health and hospice businesses will operate within the Kindred at Home division. The companies expect to complete the transaction in the first quarter of 2015.

Projects

Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif., completed its new $185 million Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The NSI brings advanced imaging, hybrid operative suites and rehabilitation areas under one roof.

CoxHealth and CBRE Healthcare have completed the first phase of the $30 million Cox Medical Center Branson (Mo.) emergency department and critical care unit expansion and renovation project.

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, opened the $8 million Mayora Rosenberg Women Health Center in October. The integrated care facility provides several features and programs designed to remove cultural and lifestyle barriers to care, including female staffing and women-only patient areas, mother-friendly appointment times, and interpretation services.