Major Gifts

University Hospitals in Cleveland received a $42 million gift from Jane and Lee Seidman. A $260 million, 150-bed cancer facility, which is to open in the spring on the UH Case Medical Center campus, will be named in honor of the couple, and the system's integrated network of nine outpatient cancer programs will be called University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

•Major League pitcher Cliff Lee and his wife Kristen donated $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital of Little Rock in honor of their 9-year-old son Jaxon, who battled cancer at the hospital as an infant. It will fund an endowed chair in pediatric hematology and oncology named for Jaxon and his doctor, Robert L. Saylors III. Saylors will be the inaugural chair holder.


•Memorial Hermann appointed Susan Distefano, R.N., chief executive officer of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. Distefano succeeds Craig Cordola, who was promoted to CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center earlier in 2010. Distefano will continue as assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Nursing and Texas Woman's University. Most recently, Distefano was senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Texas Children's Hospital.

•The Hospital Sisters Health System named Maryann Reese president and CEO of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.. Reese had been executive vice president and chief operating officer of both St. Vincent Healthcare Systems in Billings, Mont., and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, Mont.

•David Pynn became CEO of St. John Health System on Jan. 1. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer. Pynn succeeds longtime CEO Sister M. Therese Gottschalk, who will remain on the board of directors and lead mission integration for the organization. Gottschalk also will continue in her role as president and CEO of Marian Health System.

Michael Hunn, chief executive of Provi-dence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Calif., was named senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services' California region.

•ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wis., appointed Anne Jurenec CEO of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin. In 1999 she joined Columbia–St. Mary's Hospital and held several positions, including manager of rehabilitation services and director of operations for the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute.

•The Episcopal Health Services Inc., Garden City, N.Y., named a new leadership team: Nelson E. Toebbe, CEO; John P. Rinset, COO; and Will Moore, CFO. Toebbe has been president, chief executive officer, chief operating and hospital director at several nonprofit hospital systems. Rinset was president and CEO of Northwest Washington Service Area and Providence General Medical Center. Moore has an extensive background in hospital operations at the CFO level.

Bernard Tyson in December was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif. He was executive vice president, functioning as COO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.'s regions for the past four years. George Halvorson continues as Kaiser Permanente's chairman and CEO.

•St. Charles Health System, Bend, Ore. named Kirk Schueler chief administrative officer. Schueler was president of Brooks Resources, a real estate development company.

•Wuesthoff Health System, Brevard County, Fla., appointed Susan Takacs hospital administrator for Wuesthoff Medical Center Melbourne. She was COO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Naples, Fla.

David Kapaska, M.D., was named regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. He succeeds Fred Slunecka, who is now COO of Avera Health.

•Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York City's Brooklyn borough named Robert J. Dubicki executive vice president and COO and Harold E. McDonald senior vice president for network development and long-term care. Dubicki was senior vice president of ambulatory network development of North Shore LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. McDonald was executive vice president and COO of Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Kimberley Jutras Graham, R.N., assumed the dual position of chief nursing officer and COO of Broward Health Coral Springs (Fla.) Medical Center. She was CNO.

Mark Faulkner was appointed executive vice president and COO of Baptist Health Care and president of Baptist Hospital Inc., Pensacola, Fla. David Wildebrandt was named administrator of Baptist Hospital and senior vice president of BHC.

Kevin Molloy is senior vice president and COO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He was COO and executive vice president for operations at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn.

•CaroMont Health, Gastonia, N.C., named Douglas Luckett executive vice president of operational integration and COO. He had been chief administrative officer of Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida since 2005.

•Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif., appointed Scott Reiner executive vice president and COO. He will succeed Larry Dodds, who will retire in May. Reiner was vice president for the organization. John Beaman was appointed vice president of finance at Adventist Health. He succeeds Jim Brewster, who retires this month. Beaman was CFO of Simi Valley (Calif.) Hospital.

Bill Carpenter, president and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., was named chairman of the board.

C. Michael Rutherford was appointed chief financial officer at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He was systems vice president and CFO at Summa Health System in Akron.

David Cauble was named CFO of St. Vincent's Health System, Birmingham, Ala. He was vice president of finance/CFO of Carolina East Health System in New Bern, N.C.

Robert Tracz was appointed vice president of financial services and CFO of Franciscan Services Corp., Sylvania, Ohio. He succeeds William Waters, who retired after more than 25 years in the position. For the past nine years, Tracz was responsible for the development and implementation of the system's financial strategies.

Lalita Matta, M.D., was named chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for Marlborough (Mass.) Hospital. Matta has been a member of the Marlborough Hospital medical staff for 17 years.

•Lehigh Valley Health Network in eastern Pennsylvania appointed Ronald W. Swinfard, M.D., president and CEO. Swinfard was CMO.

Patricia Webb was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver. She was senior vice president and chief human resources officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, Mass.

•South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., appointed Sue Penque, R.N., CNO and senior vice president of patient care services. She was CNO of the North Memorial Health Care System in Robbinsdale, Minn.

Steven Zuber, M.D., was named chief medical information officer for the Methodist Health System, Omaha, Neb. Gregory Hutteger, D.O., succeeds Zuber as physician informaticist. Hutteger joined Methodist Physicians Clinic–Regency as a family practice physician in 2006.

•Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., appointed Sally Brooks, M.D., vice president of physician and medical development. Brooks was vice president and medical director in the nursing center division for Kindred.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Shamokin (Pa.) Area Community Hospital will become an integrated part of the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa., pending completion of due diligence and regulatory approvals.

North Country Health Services, Bemidji, Minn., and Sanford Health, based in Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D., plan to merge. North Country includes one acute care hospital and Sanford includes 30 hospitals.