Major Gifts

•The W.M. Keck Foundation pledged $150 million for scientific research at the University of Southern California medical school and its affliliated USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The money will help USC recruit faculty in such areas as stem cells, cancer, liver disease and preventive health.

South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y., received a $3 million gift from the Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. The money will support the renamed the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Appointments

Alan H. Garrett was appointed president and chief executive officer of St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley, Calif. He has held various positions within the parent St. Joseph Health System for 20 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.

Richard S. Freeman was named CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, Westwood, N.J. HUMC and LHP Hospital Group, Plano, Texas, formed a joint venture in 2009 to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital, which closed in April 2008. Most recently, Freeman was chief operating officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Douglas Arnold was appointed CEO of Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala. He was market CEO for Community Hospital Systems' Northwest Arkansas Hospitals.

Kenny Boyd will become president and CEO of McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Ill., on July 25. He was CEO of Girard (Kan.) Medical Center.Mike Carter, lead administrator of Swedish/Edmonds (formerly Stevens Hospital in Edmonds), was named chief administrative officer of Swedish's First Hill campus, the largest facility in the five-hospital Swedish network based in Seattle. Carter became CEO of Stevens Hospital in 2006.

Terry Burns this month becomes president of Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio, and Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center, slated to open in Fairborn, Ohio, in 2012. Both facilities are part of the Kettering Health Network. Burns was president and CEO of Ukiah (Calif.) Valley Medical Center, part of Adventist Health.

Joe Johnson was appointed chief operating officer of University Community Hospital in Tampa, Fla. For the past 13 years, he had been president and CEO of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. Both hospitals are part of the Adventist Health System.

•Steward Health Care System, Boston, named John Polanowicz president of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass. He was president and CEO of Marlborough (Mass.) Hospital. Polanowicz succeeds John Holiver, who became president of Norwood (Mass.) Hospital. Former Norwood Hospital President Margaret Hanson became vice president of hospital integration in Steward's corporate offices.

•West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, appointed Dianne Dismukes executive vice president for hospital operations. Prior to joining West Penn Allegheny, she led the operational, clinical and nonlabor operational improvement practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. health care advisory practice.

•Baptist Health, Jacksonville, Fla., announced several new leadership roles. Edward Sim, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Beaches, was promoted to president of physician integration. Joe Mitrick, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center, was promoted to president of transitional care, a new position. Mitrick also will be hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Beaches, a position he has held previously. Michael Mayo became hospital president of Baptist Medical Center on July 5. He had been president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center since 2008.

•Baptist Health Care appointed Bill Perkins vice president of operations for Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. He's been with BHC for than 21 years, the last three as administrator of Atmore (Ala.) Community Hospital.

Nancy Haywood was named chief financial officer for Genesys Health System, Genesee County, Mich. She has worked in finance at Genesys for 21 years, most recently as director of financial and strategic planning. She succeeds Chris Palazzolo, who was promoted to senior vice president and COO of Genesys in April.

•WakeMed Health & Hospitals named Vicki Block senior vice president and Raleigh (N.C.) campus administrator and Dale Armstrong vice president of regional operations. Block joins WakeMed July 25 from Moses Cone Health System, where she was vice president of heart, vascular and imaging services. Armstrong, CEO of the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance, Cary, N.C., will join WakeMed on Aug. 1.

•Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., promoted Sean Hughes to vice president, information services administrative officer; Stephen Walker to director, enterprise systems infrastructure; and Rosemary O'Connell, R.N., to director, clinical informatics development and standards. Hughes was director, customer service and health system integration. Walker was manager, enterprise system administration. O'Connell was IS clinical-team manager.

James L. Madara, M.D., became executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association on July 1. Previously, he has been a professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, a professor and dean at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Retirements

Martin L. "Chip" Doordan retired in June as CEO of Anne Arundel Health System, Annapolis, Md., after nearly 40 years with the organization. System President Victoria W. Bayless became CEO. Doordan joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in 1972 as an administrative resident. He became AAMC president in 1988 and president of the system in 1994. During his tenure, AAMC relocated, added three satellite locations and opened a $424 million patient care pavilion, which more its space.

Kim Malinky will retire as president and CEO of Canonsburg (Pa.) General Hospital in August after 27 years at the hospital, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. Malinky, who was appointed CEO in 2003, began her career at CGH as a staff nurse. Under her leadership, the hospital built a new emergency department and developed an inpatient rehabilitation unit, a hospital-based orthopedics institute and a center for women's health.

Mergers and Affiliations

•HCA in June announced plans to purchase Colorado Health Foundation's 40 percent stake in HCA–HealthONE for $1.45 billion. The health system was created as a joint venture by HCA and the foundation in 1995 and includes seven hospitals and 13 ambulatory surgery centers in the Denver area.

Civista Health System of Charles County in Maryland became a member of the University of Maryland Medical System on July 1. Civista Health, whose largest component is the 130-bed Civista Medical Center, has been operated by UMMS under a management agreement that began in 2009. Civista Health and Civista Medical Center will continue to be governed by their own boards and will retain their own foundations. The Civista Health Board will be able to nominate a member to the UMMS board.

Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Ind., and Community Health Network, Indianapolis, began a clinical collaboration on June 1 that allows joint development of new clinical services and facilities in Johnson County. It is not a merger and will not affect the management, administration or ownership of Johnson Memorial.

Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, N.C., is to become the second hospital to affiliate with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals, pending completion of due diligence and approval by the state attorney general.

•The new health system to be created later this summer by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter's Health Care Services and Seton Health will be named St. Peter's Health Partners and will include four acute care hospitals in New York: St. Peter's in Albany; Albany Memorial, Samaritan and St. Mary's, both in Troy; and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady.

Projects

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (Wash.) opened a $460 million, 680,000-square-foot medical tower in June. One floor is dedicated to emergency services, with 79 private treatment rooms. Two floors are dedicated to both surgical and interventional procedures and two floors will house 48 intensive care patient rooms. Each of the top three floors has 56 patient rooms for medical or postsurgical patients. The architect and interior designer was ZGF Architects LLP and the general contractor was Mortenson Construction.

Phoenix Children's Hospital opened an 11-story patient tower June 1 and completed a strategic alliance with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, making it the largest freestanding children's hospital in the Southwest. Approximately 30 patients were transferred by ambulance from St. Joseph's; 28 St. Joseph's pediatric specialists and approximately 300 additional staff became employees of Phoenix Children's. The project, which includes renovation of existing buildings and the addition of satellite centers, totaled $538 million. The hospital was designed by HKS Inc.; general contractor was Kitchell Corp.

Orange Regional Medical Center later this summer will open a $350 million facility in Wallkill, N.Y., with more than 600,000 square feet of space to house 353 private patient rooms, an ED with 50 treatment areas, 12 operating rooms, three cardiac cath labs, a 30-bed behavioral health unit and more. Orange Regional Medical Center was formed in 2002 with the merger of Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen and Horton Medical Center in Middletown, and the Wallkill facility will consolidate those operations.

Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Ill., began construction on its $220 million, nine-story, 375,350-square-foot, Carle Heart and Vascular Institute patient care tower in June. The building is scheduled for completion in 2013. The facility was designed by architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch and is being built by Pepper Construction.

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill., is building a $140 million, 134-bed, 359,000-square-foot replacement hospital and 141,000-square-foot medical office building. The hospital will double the size of the existing facility. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is construction manager. BSA LifeStructures designed the projects.

Saint Luke's East-Lee's Summit in Missouri is embarking on a $68 million expansion that will include 182,000 square feet of new construction and 58 new hospital beds, with shell space for 52 more beds. The projects are expected to be completed by mid-2013.

San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, Calif., is building a 195,600-square-foot addition. The $99 million project will include a patient tower with an expanded ED. HBE Corp. is providing architecture, engineering services, construction and site work.

San Joaquin Community Hospital, Bakersfield, Calif., will build a $36.2 million, four-story, 60,000-square-foot cancer center to house radiation oncology, medical oncology and an outpatient surgery center.

•Ground will be broken July 23 for the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center on San Juan Island. It replaces San Juan's existing rural clinic, and will include a 10-bed critical access hospital, expanded primary care and specialty clinic, enhanced diagnostic services center, cancer care center and 24-hour ED. It is to open in 2012.