• Mark B. Taubman, M.D., on Jan. 1 will become chief executive officer of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center and senior vice president for health sciences at the university. Currently, he is dean of the university’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Taubman succeeds Bradford C. Berk, M.D., who announced his plan to transition to a new role directing the university’s emerging Rochester Neurorestorative Institute.
• Kerry Heinrich, interim CEO of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center and interim administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital since July 1, was appointed CEO of both facilities and the university’s Behavioral Medicine Center. Heinrich joined the organization in 1984.
• Janice E. Nevin, M.D., was named president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del. She succeeds Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., who announced his retirement in March. Nevin had been chief medical officer and chief patient safety officer.
• Carlton Rule, M.D., became CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network’s O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y., and Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney, N.Y., on Sept. 29. He succeeds Dan Ayres, who returned to his native state of West Virginia to become CEO of Summersville Regional Medical Center. In addition to his CEO role, Rule will continue as medical director of Bassett Healthcare Network health centers in Delhi, Andes, Stamford and Walton, N.Y.
• John R. Janoso Jr. becomes president and CEO of the Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio, this month. He was president and CEO of Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System.
• Jeffrey L. Canose, M.D., was named senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Texas Health Resources. He will report to Barclay E. Berdan, who became CEO on Sept. 1. Canose was senior vice president and COO of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
• Ben Spence will become chief financial official of Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, Fla. He joined Lee Memorial in 1995, and has held leadership positions in the system’s finance department, including controller.
• Troy E. Sybert, M.D., was appointed executive vice president and CMO for Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn. Sybert was chief quality and medical information officer of Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tenn.
• Richard Scott, M.D., became CMO of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill., in September. He was system senior vice president of clinical effectiveness, at Meridian Health in Neptune, N.J.
• Rhonda Anderson became senior vice president and CFO of Ascension Health, St. Louis, on Oct. 13. She was president of the business development division and CFO of Ascension’s Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee.
• Joseph Moscola became senior vice president and chief human resources officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, N.Y. He was senior vice president and executive director of ambulatory operations. Moscola succeeds Joseph Cabral, who joined the Cleveland Clinic.
• Tammy Barker was appointed senior vice president of Kindred Healthcare Inc.’s clinical and residential services in the nursing center division. She was assistant vice president of quality support services for HCR ManorCare.
• David Abelson, M.D., senior executive vice president of HealthPartners in Bloomington, Minn., and president of Park Nicollet Health Services, will retire at the end of the year. Abelson is the former president and CEO of Park Nicollet who, in late 2012, led the system through a combination with HealthPartners. He joined the system in 1983, and took on executive duties in 1998. HealthPartners now includes more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Brian Rank, M.D., Steve Connelly, M.D., and Nance McClure, COO of the care group, together will lead the combined organization’s medical groups, Methodist Hospital and TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Connelly will serve as president and CMO of Park Nicollet in addition to his role as president of the HealthPartners Institute of Education and Research.
• Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, announced that Tom Strauss, president and CEO for 15 years, will retire on Dec. 31. He joined Summa in 1999 after serving as president of four-hospital Meridia Health Services in Cleveland. He oversaw a transaction in which Catholic Health Partners’ HealthSpan became a minority owner of Summa. Summa Board Chair Norm Wells called Strauss “a true visionary” with a "genuine passion to provide the absolute best care for our patients.”
• Ron Anderson, M.D., former president and chief operating officer of Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, died Sept. 11 of liver cancer. He was 68. Anderson came to Parkland as an intern in 1973, and during his residency met his future wife, Sue Ann Blakely, a psychiatric nurse. He was named chief resident in internal medicine in 1975, division chief of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1976 and medical director of the Parkland emergency room in 1979. He became Parkland’s president and COO in 1982. He stepped down in 2011 when government inspections uncovered patient safety concerns. Nevertheless, Anderson was well-known for his dedication to caring for the poor and as an advocate for safety-net hospitals. In 2008, he oversaw a $747 million bond election to build a new $1.27 billion county hospital. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, three sons and a grandchild.
• Advocate Health Care, Chicago, and NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill., will combine operations to create a 16-hospital, $6.8 billion system to be named Advocate NorthShore Health Partners. ANHP will have 45,000 employees and 4,438 hospital beds. Jim Skogsbergh and Mark Neaman will serve as co-CEOs. Closing is expected in early 2015.
• The merger of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Chicago and Cadence Health in suburban Chicago took effect in September. The integrated system will be branded Northwestern Medicine and will comprise four acute care hospitals, 1,600 inpatient beds, more than 60 sites of care, 19,500 employees and 4,000 physicians. Northwestern CEO Dean Harrison is CEO of the new entity and Cadence Health CEO Mike Vivoda is Northwestern regional president.
• Lodi (Calif.) Health signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif. Lodi has a hospital with 191 licensed beds. Adventist has 19 hospitals, more than 230 clinics, 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
• Palisades Medical Center signed a letter of intent to join Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network. Palisades will be known as HackensackUMC Palisades. The partnership is expected to be finalized later this year.
• In Michigan, the merger of Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn and Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills and the Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak became official in September. Beaumont President and CEO Gene Michalski will serve as the initial CEO of the new system. The nonprofit system is called Beaumont Health and includes eight hospitals.
• Sylvania Franciscan Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Calif., signed a definitive agreement to transfer sponsorship of SFH from the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, to CHI. The transfer is expected to be completed by the end of the year. SFH includes health systems, hospitals and other enterprises in Kentucky, Ohio and Texas.