Appointments

Luke Gregory was named chief executive officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., in January. He had been interim CEO since September. He joined the Vanderbilt Health System in 2007 as senior vice president and chief business development officer in the office of business development. He was also named chief business development officer for the Children's Hospital in July 2010.

Matthew J. Wenzel became CEO of Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Mo., on Jan. 14. He was appointed interim CEO when Jim Johnson retired in September. Wenzel was director of ancillary services.

Michael Aubin became president of Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 1. He was founding administrator and chief operating officer of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Wolfson is part of Baptist Health. St. Joseph's is part of BayCare Health System.

Jerry Klein became CEO of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., on Jan. 6. He has 25 years of experience as a health care chief executive officer.

•Saint Louis University Hospital named Phillip Sowa chief executive. He succeeds Crystal Hines, who stepped down in December. Sowa was CEO of Park Plaza Hospital in Houston.

•LifePoint Hospitals appointed five CEOs. Timothy Bess was appointed CEO of 100-bed Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville, Va. Bess was system vice president of patient and support services at Thomas Health System in South Charleston, W.Va. Butch Frazier was appointed CEO of 157-bed Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, La. He was COO at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Ville Platte, La. Alan George was appointed CEO of Palestine (Texas) Regional Medical Center and Palestine Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. He was CEO of Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop, Texas. Tommy Haggard is the new CEO of Bluegrass Community Hospital, a 25-bed facility in Versailles, Ky. He was interim CEO at Bluegrass and associate administrator of Georgetown (Ky.) Community Hospital. Michael J. Kosor Jr. was named CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex, a 99-bed facility in Dodge City, Kan. He was CEO of Bartow (Fla.) Regional Medical Center.

Steven J. Thompson was appointed CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, a post he held from 1999 to 2007, when he became senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He oversaw the expansion of JHM, including the integration of two new hospitals.

Derek Raghavan, M.D., was named president of Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, N.C. The institute was established by Carolinas HealthCare System in the fall with a $20 million grant from the Leon Levine Foundation. For the past six years, Raghavan was chairman and director of the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic.

John R. Janoso Jr. was promoted to chief operating officer and acting president of Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System. He had been vice president of operations. John Zidansek resigned in December as president and CEO after 23 years at the health system.

Deborah Watson was named senior vice president and COO of Bayhealth Medical Center. She had been vice president of operations for Bayhealth's southern region for eight years.

Scott Reiner was named executive vice president and COO of Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif. He will succeed Larry Dodds, who will retire in May. Currently, Reiner is a senior vice president for Adventist Health, a position he has held since January 2007.

Michael Busch was named executive vice president and COO at Excela Health, Greensburg, Pa. He was vice president and chief strategy officer at Butler (Pa.) Health System.

•Provena Health, Mokena, Ill., promoted Anthony J. Filer to system COO from system senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Stephen M. Gary became senior vice president and chief financial officer of Akron (Ohio) General Health System on Jan. 31. He was senior vice president and CFO at St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa.

Michael Norby was appointed CFO of the Harris County (Texas) Hospital District. He had been interim CFO. He succeeds Ferdinand Gaenzel, who retired.

Sister Mary Persico became executive vice president, mission integration of Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, Pa., last fall. She succeeded Sister Julie Casey, who retired after serving in the position since 1998. Previously, Persico was president of the Congregation of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pa.

Scott Betzelos, M.D., was named senior vice president, performance distinction, for Resurrection Health Care, Chicago. He was medical director, emergency medicine.

John Leifer became chief marketing and chief innovation officer of Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 1. He had been interim chief marketing officer for the health system since May 2010. Amy Nachtigal was appointed chief financial officer on Feb. 1. Nachtigal became CFO at Saint Luke's South in 2000. Shelby Frigon replaced Nachtigal as CFO at Saint Luke's South. Frigon had been controller.

Keith Zimmerman became senior vice president and chief development officer of Medical City Dallas Hospital and Medical City Children's Hospital on Jan. 10. He was system vice president of business development for OhioHealth.

Patti Willis, vice president of corporate communications for Shore Health System, Easton, Md., was named senior vice president, external relations and development.

Cynthia T. Williams was named vice president of clinical organizational effectiveness at St. Vincent's Health System, Birmingham, Ala. She was vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

•Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., named Kim Roberts vice president of physician network development and management. She was CEO of Santa Clara Valley Hospital and Health System.

•Community activist and former journalist Laurie Ott was named vice president of development for University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga., and president of University Health Care Foundation. Ott succeeds Pete Brodie, who announced his retirement last year.

•Community Health Network, Indianapolis, named Anne Murphy vice president of government relations, a newly created position in the network. She was Indiana's secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration.

•Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., appointed M. Suzanne Riedman chief diversity officer. She will continue as general counsel. Riedman has been the company's senior vice president and general counsel since August 1999.

•Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, named Sharyl J. Border executive director of marketing. She was a senior specialty sales representative at Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis.

•St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y., appointed Dorothy Haag, R.N., director of quality resources.

Retirements

G. Richard Hastings, president and CEO of Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., will retire on July 31, following more than 35 years with the organization. Hastings was named CEO in 1996, after serving as COO and CEO of Saint Luke's Hospital and in executive officer roles with the system. He began his career at Saint Luke's Hospital as an administrative resident in 1976. During his tenure, the system grew to include 11 hospitals serving a 67-county area in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. As an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Hastings served in numerous operational positions and received a Bronze Star for service in Southeast Asia.

Gary Wages, president and CEO of Saint Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., will retire on March 11. He joined Saint Luke's Health System in June 1998. Kevin Trimble, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Saint Luke's Northland Hospital, will succeed Wages. Wages oversaw a major campus expansion at Saint Luke's Northland Hospital in 2004. Other milestones of his tenure include opening the area's first comprehensive women's center, launching Saint Luke's Health System's state-of-the-art pharmaceutical administration system and piloting an efficient new patient care model being adopted at other health system entities.

Marie E. Sinioris, president and CEO of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, is to retire in the first quarter of 2011. She cofounded the NCHL in 2001 with Gail L. Warden, chairman emeritus of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Prior to NCHL, Sinioris was president and CEO of Arc Ventures LLC, a diversified health care company affiliated with Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, where she was also corporate vice president of strategic planning and senior vice president and COO of Rush Health Plans.

Deaths

Leo J. Gehrig, M.D., 92, who was director of the American Hospital Association's Washington office from 1970 to 1980, died recently at his home in North Oaks, Minn. Gehrig spent most of his career with the Public Health Service's Commissioned Corps, retiring from the PHS as a rear admiral in 1970. He was deputy chief of the service's hospitals division for four years, and later chief of the Bureau of Medical Services and the health service's deputy surgeon general. In 1961, Gehrig became the first medical officer of the Peace Corps.

Stephen A. Morris, who served as president (chairman) of the AHA Board of Trustees in 1972, died Jan. 13 in Wickenburg, Ariz. He was 82. During his career, Morris served as president of Samaritan Health Service in Phoenix, and CEO and chairman of its SamCor holding company.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Delnor Health System, a 159-bed hospital in Geneva, Ill., and Central DuPage Health signed a definitive agreement to merge. Central DuPage Health is the parent company of 313-bed Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Miss., on Jan. 1 took ownership of Riley Hospital, also in Meridian and formerly owned by Health Management Associates Inc.

ThedaCare, Appleton, Wis., and Shawano (Wis.) Medical Center on Jan. 30 signed a contract to integrate.

•Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center and Hackettstown (N.J.) Regional Medical Center plan to affiliate.

Major Gifts

Partners HealthCare received a $20 million gift from Robert and Myra Kraft to create a center for community health and support community cancer programs at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health will establish a fellowship program to train leaders in the field of community health. Fellows will be mentored by experts in the field, undertake graduate study at Harvard University, and care for high-risk populations in community settings. In addition, the Kraft Center will provide financial recruitment incentives, including loan repayments, to increase the number of physicians and nurses practicing in community settings.

Baylor Health Care System in Dallas received a $20 million pledge in late fall from Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons. The gift will benefit transplantation initiatives. The institute overseeing the transplant program was renamed in their honor. Harold Simmons received a kidney from his stepdaughter, Amy Alford, in 2008.