John Jay Shannon, M.D., became chief executive officer of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Chicago. He was the interim CEO for the previous three months, while continuing as chief of clinical integration. Shannon spent most of his professional career at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, formerly Cook County Hospital.

William Lunn, M.D., becomes CEO of Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans this month. Lunn was chief operating officer of Christus Health in northern Louisiana.

Robert Hemker becomes president and CEO of Palomar Health, Escondido, Calif., this month. He had been chief financial officer for the past 13 years, including a stint as interim CEO in 2002.

John A. Mentgen becomes president and CEO of Regional West Health Services, Scottsbluff, Neb., this month. He will work with current President and CEO Todd Sorensen, M.D., during the transition to Sorensen’s retirement later this year. Mentgen was executive vice president and COO of Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer and Hammond, Ind.

Avijit Ghosh was appointed CEO of University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. He will also serve as the university’s associate vice president for hospital operations. Ghosh was an adviser to the president of the university.

Crista Durand became president of Lifespan’s Newport (R.I.) Hospital on Aug. 1. She was vice president of strategic planning, marketing and business development at Lawrence+Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.

Susan L. Turney, M.D., will leave her job as president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association on Sept. 1 to become CEO of the newly formed Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin. She has led Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA since October 2011.

Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, appointed Amar Desai, M.D., CEO of USC Care and Ambulatory Care Services on Aug. 1. He was chief medical officer of the Paladina Health division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Acuity Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital company based in Charlotte, N.C., appointed Meridell Sloterbeek as market CEO of both the Acuity Specialty Hospitals of Arizona in Mesa and Sun City. Sloterbeek has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently as market CEO of three Kindred hospitals in the Webster, Texas, area.

Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, Tenn., in July appointed Marvin Eichorn executive vice president and COO. He had been chief financial officer for 16 years. Lynn Krutak will succeed him as CFO. She had served as CFO for Mountain States’ Blue Ridge Medical Management Corp. for more than 10 years. Morris Seligman, M.D.,was appointed executive vice president and CMO of the organization’s new clinical services division. He has been the Mountain States CMO for more than four years.

Scott A. Bowers becomes president and COO of Corizon Health, Brentwood, Tenn., in August. Bowers was president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. Carla Cesario was the interim COO. She returns to her position as group vice president/operations. Corizon manages health care in correctional facilities.

Randall Combs was named CFO of KentuckyOne Health in Louisville. He has more than 35 years’ experience in health care, including 22 years as a CFO for faith-based and academic health care systems. Most recently, he was executive vice president of strategic growth and CFO of Mercy Health System in St. Louis.

CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., made appointments in July. Rick O’Connell, executive vice president of the CHE Trinity Health West/Midwest Group, became executive vice president of the system’s East Group. Sally Jeff- coat, president and CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise, Idaho, succeeds him as executive vice president of the West/Midwest Group. Rodney Reider, president of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, was named interim president and CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Health System.

Kaleida Health, Buffalo, N.Y., appointed chief medical officers at two of its hospitals. Colin J. McMahon, M.D., is now vice president and CMO of Buffalo General Medical Center and Stephen J. Turkovich, M.D., is vice president and CMO of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. McMahon was medical director of hospital operations at BGMC. Turkovich was quality and safety officer and co-medical director of the newborn nursery at WCHOB.

Christopher R. Wood, M.D., was named chief medical information officer of Loyola University Health System, Maywood, Ill. Wood was medical director of information systems at Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City.

Michael Shrift, M.D., was appointed CMIO of Community Health Network, Indianapolis. He also will be a practicing physician for Community in the area of consultation liaison psychiatry. Shrift was an associate CMIO at the Cleveland Clinic.

Louis Brusco Jr., M.D,. became CMO of Atlantic Health System’s Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center on Aug. 1. He was CMO and senior vice president of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

Karl Kussin became vice president of development and chief philanthropy officer at Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass., in July. He was director of development at Nashoba Brooks School, also in Concord.

Tyler J. Bennett has been named vice president of ambulatory care services for Alameda Health System, Oakland, Calif. He was director, delivery system strategy, at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals for the Northern California Region.


HealthPartners announced that Brock Nelson, president and CEO of Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., will retire at the end of this year. Nelson started at Regions in 2003 after almost 20 years as CEO of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. During his tenure at Regions, the hospital has become a destination hospital for elective specialty care, including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and oncology. Regions has also bolstered core services, such as burn and trauma care, that are vital to its designation as a Level I trauma center. Megan Remark, a HealthPartners specialty care leader who has been with the organization for almost 20 years, has been named his successor. During the next six months, Remark will work with Nelson to transition into her role as president and CEO. She will officially start in her new position Jan.1.


Sylvania Franciscan Health, Toledo, Ohio, signed a nonbinding letter of intent to join Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo. The two health care systems expect to reach final agreement by fall. CHI would become the sole sponsor of Sylvania Franciscan Health, which includes Franciscan Living Communities in Kentucky and Ohio, St. Joseph Health System in the Brazos Valley region of Texas, and the Trinity Health System Region joint venture in eastern Ohio. The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, would continue to sponsor their health and human services ministries of Bethany House, Our Lady of Grace, Rosary Care Center, the Sophia Center, and Convent Park Apartments, as well as their education ministry of Lourdes University.

Mercy Memorial Hospital System, Monroe, Mich., signed a letter of intent to join ProMedica, a nonprofit hospital system based in Toledo, Ohio. Negotiations are underway to work out final details.

Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, announced plans to acquire Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn. Saint Mary’s Catholic heritage and the ethical and religious directives under which it operates will be maintained. In addition, Saint Mary’s will continue to fulfill the community benefit standards required of tax-exempt hospitals. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fully fund Saint Mary’s pension and eliminate debt. When the transaction is completed, the Saint Mary’s Foundation will receive cash to support local health needs. Tenet also agreed to invest additional capital in Greater Waterbury to support strategic advancement in technology, clinical care, physician alignment and facilities.


Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (Calif.) opened the $94 million, 72,321-square-foot Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion, which includes a new emergency department and inpatient rooms. The building bears the name of the Leichtag Foundation, which donated $10 million toward the two-story facility. Overall, the building boosts the hospital’s inpatient bed count from 158 to 194. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the general contractor and Perkins+Will is the architect.

Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has begun construction and renovations to the special care nursery and pediatric inpatient unit on its Beeghly campus. The $1.9 million SCN will provide private rooms for all patient families. Support for this project includes a $1 million gift from Eleanor Watanakunakorn. The new SCN will be named in honor of her granddaughter, Alexis Caroline Watanakuna- korn. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Major Gift

A $100 million gift from Dennis and Carol Troesh will kick-start a $1.2 billion campaign to open new hospitals and a research center at Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health. By 2020, the following projects are expected to be completed: a 100-bed Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital tower, connected via glass walkway with the existing Children’s Hospital, boosting to 359 the total number of licensed beds, including expansion of the Loma Linda University Health neonatal intensive care units; a 276-bed adult medical center, which will include 96 intensive care beds and 180 medical-surgical beds; and the $60 million Loma Linda University Health Center for Discovery.