Gift

•Baptist Health's Wolfson Children's Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., established The Players Center for Child Health after receiving a $1 million gift from the [PGA] Players Championship and donations from the tournament's volunteer leadership, the Red Coats. The center will focus on community health, prevention, access to care and wellness.

Appointments

Karen Moore was named president and chief executive officer for Marlborough (Mass.) Hospital. She was CEO of Kindred Hospital Park View in Springfield, Mass. Moore replaced Douglas Brown, senior vice president and general counsel of UMass Memorial Health Care, who had been interim president and CEO since May.

Kathryn Correia will become president and CEO of HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn. on Jan. 1. Correia was ThedaCare senior vice president and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in northeast Wisconsin.

Todd Forkel will become regional president and CEO of Avera St. Luke's Hospital, Aberdeen, S.D., on Dec. 19. He was senior vice president of operations for Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. Forkel is replacing Ron Jacobson, who is retiring after more than 22 years with Avera.

Kathryn Raethel, R.N. was appointed president and CEO of Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. She was vice president of patient care services at Castle. Raethel replaces Kevin Roberts, who left to become president and CEO of Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Hospital. Castle Medical Center is an Adventist Health hospital.

Frederick H. Kuriger was named CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, N.Y. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Seton Health in Troy, N.Y. Catskill Regional is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Middletown, N.Y. Joanne Ritter-Teitel was appointed chief nursing officer of the system. She was chief nurse executive for Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Jeffrey Lieto was appointed chief physician strategy officer. He was vice president, ambulatory services and strategic development for The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

Rick Carter this month becomes CEO of Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Ariz. He was president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

•St. Joseph Health System appointed Kenneth McFarland president and CEO of Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo, Calif. He has held leadership roles at the hospital since 1998 and has been interim CEO since May.

•Southwest Surgical Hospital in Hurst, Texas, named Harold Siglar CEO. Prior to joining Southwest, Siglar was CEO at Truman Medical Centers' Lakewood facility in Kansas City, Mo. Southwest Surgical Hospital is operated by National Surgical Hospitals.

William Hoefer will become president of SSM St. Clare Health Center, Fenton, Mo., on Jan. 3. Hoefer was with Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., for 16 years, the past four years as vice president for operations at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Hoefer replaces Sherry Hausmann who left SSM St. Clare in May to become president of Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita, Kan.

Feliciano Jiron was appointed CEO of Los Alamos (N.M.) Medical Center. He was president and CEO of Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas, Calif.

Thomas E. Jackiewicz will become senior vice president and CEO of the University of Southern California Health on Jan. 1. He was CEO of the University of California San Diego Health System.

Robert Friedberg was appointed COO of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill. He holds the additional role of executive vice president of system operations and integrated services for the CDH-Delnor Health System. Friedberg had been vice president of operations for Central DuPage Hospital since May 2004. The CDH-Delnor Health System was created in April 2011 when Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., and Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., merged.

Nancy Simmons, R.N., was appointed executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y. She was senior vice president and COO of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, N.Y. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

•LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., named Leif Murphy executive vice president and chief development officer. Murphy was president and CEO of DSI Renal Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Michael W. Browder was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of seven-hospital RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Nashville, Tenn. He was CEO of Essent Healthcare, which recently merged with RegionalCare.

Anne M. Murphy will become senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel on Jan. 1 for Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. Previously, she practiced at the Chicago law firm of Holland & Knight, where she was a partner and chair of the firm's Chicago health care and life sciences team.

•Iowa Health System reorganized its financial leadership team and made three appointments. Katie Marchik, who had been vice president of finance since 2009, was appointed vice president of treasury. Mark Johnson, who had been CFO at St. Luke's Health System Inc. in Sioux City, an IHS affiliate, was named vice president of supply management. Kara Dunham, who had served for 17 years in the finance division of IHS's Des Moines affiliate, was appointed vice president of finance.

John W. Lasky Jr. was named senior vice president of human resources at the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Hospital Center. He was a labor employment attorney and human resources consultant for such clients as the Bloomfield Garfield Corp., East End Cooperative Ministry, Pittsburgh Learns and a variety of nonprofit community organizations.

•Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C., named Taylor Foss senior vice president of human resources. She succeeds Maria Roloff, who is retiring. Foss was vice president and chief human resource officer at LifeBridge Health, Baltimore.

Stephen Martin was appointed chief program officer for the Health Research & Educational Trust. He was COO of the Cook County Department of Public Health in Chicago.

Retirements

John Nordwick will retire in January after 17 years as president and CEO of Bozeman (Mont.) Deaconess Health Services. He will be succeeded by Stan Moser, who joined Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in 2010 as chief administrative officer. Nordwick presided over the expansion and improvement of facilities, technology and equipment, including a newly rebuilt senior living community and the physician integration of the multidisciplinary Bozeman Deaconess Health Group. Nordwick is past chairman of the board of VHA Mountain States and past chairman and board member of the Montana Hospital Association.

Robert B. Hill will retire Feb. 17 after 27 years as president and CEO of Bethesda Healthcare System and a total of 40 years with the organization in Boynton Beach, Fla. Roger L. Kirk, who has been executive vice president and COO for the last 24 years, will succeed him. Under Hill's leadership, Bethesda doubled its size to 401 beds, opened the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, the Bethesda Heart Hospital and oversaw the development of Bethesda West Hospital. He was a founding member of the Voluntary Hospitals of America, served on the board of the Florida Hospital Association and was a member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

Peter V. Resnick, executive director and CEO of Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg, Ind., will retire in May after heading up the regional hospital for the past 19 years. Resnick also is president of the board of trustees of Health Services Corporation of Southeastern Indiana, a subsidiary of DCH. During his tenure, DCH completed numerous construction projects including a patient tower.

Mergers and Acquisitions

•Insurer Highmark Inc. and the West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc., both based in Pittsburgh, approved a definitive agreement to affiliate. The affiliation must be approved by state authorities. Highmark provided WPAHS with an initial grant of $50 million to sustain and strengthen West Penn and Forbes Regional hospitals and has committed up to $475 million — including $75 million to fund scholarships for students attending medical schools affiliated with WPAHS, and to support other health professional education programs.

Twin County Regional Healthcare signed a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership to own and operate the hospital with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System Inc. TCRH would retain a 20 percent ownership interest in the hospital and Duke LifePoint would have an 80 percent ownership interest.

Projects

•St. Joseph's Healthcare System opened its critical care building on the campus of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. It has 88 treatment areas in separate pediatric, geriatric and adult EDs; 12 advanced systems-integrated operating theaters, preoperative and postoperative areas; and 56 private patient critical care rooms in the cardiac care unit/open heart cardiac care unit, surgical ICU and medical ICU.

MaineGeneral Health broke ground on a $322 million regional hospital in Augusta. The hospital will have 192 private patient rooms, three oversized operating rooms, one cardiac cath lab, seven specialty-sized or general operating rooms and six procedure rooms for endoscopy and cystoscopy.

Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital broke ground on a $202 million, nine-story outpatient pavilion in Oak Lawn, Ill. The 308,334-square-foot building will be connected to Christ Medical Center's main hospital and contain multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, 14 operating suites for outpatient procedures, endoscopy laboratories, two floors of advanced imaging technology, and space for three of the campus' institutes — cancer, heart and vascular and neurosciences — as well as for the Women's Center. The pavilion is scheduled to open at the end of 2013.