•HCA, Nashville, Tenn., in February promoted R. Milton Johnson to president. He also continues as chief financial officer. The promotion is part of a reorganization at HCA that includes the creation of a subsidiary that will provide business services to other health care companies, a restructuring of provider operations and further integration of clinical quality performance with physician practice services. Beverly Wallace was appointed president of the new business services subsidiary. She was president of HCA's shared services group. Chief Medical Officer Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., now has responsibility for HCA-affiliated physician practices.

Joseph P. Ross was appointed president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health, Hagers-town, Md., which includes the Meritus Medical Center. He will succeed James P. Hamill, who will retire this year. Ross was president and CEO of Shore Health System, Easton, Md.

•Texas Health Resources named Winjie Tang Miao president of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance under construction in Tarrant County. The full-service, acute care hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2012. Miao is the current president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle.

Calvin Knight will become president and CEO of John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, Calif., on April 4. Knight is currently president and chief operating officer of Swedish Health Services in Seattle. He succeeds Ken Anderson, who will retire March 31 after more than 36 years of serving the organization.

Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., will become senior executive vice president of health sciences, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, and CEO of the Temple University Health System in Philadelphia by April 1. He is president and Alkek-Williams chair of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a professor of surgery and a professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

•LifePoint Hospitals Inc, Brentwood, Tenn., promoted David M. Dill to president and chief operating officer. William F. Carpenter III will continue as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Dill was LifePoint's executive vice president and COO.

•Tenet Healthcare Corp. appointed Linda Mercier, R.N., CEO of Houston Northwest Medical Center. She succeeds Drew Kahn, who is now vice president of operations in Tenet's Southern States Region based in Dallas. Mercier was Houston Northwest's COO.

•Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta, promoted Michele M. Molden, former Piedmont Heart Institute president and CEO, to the new position of executive vice president and chief transformation officer. Sidney Kirschner was appointed executive vice president for Piedmont Healthcare and president and CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute. He was chairman and CEO of Northside Hospital, Atlanta.

•Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, appointed CEOs at two hospitals. Travis Capers was named CEO at Ochsner Medical Center–West Bank Campus and Polly Davenport was named CEO at Ochsner Medical Center–North Shore. Capers was COO of HCA–Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Davenport was CEO of Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, part of the Methodist Healthcare System/HCA.

Sharon O'Keefe became president of the University of Chicago Medical Center on Feb. 23. She had been president of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., since April 2009.

Jerome Penner III will become CEO of Murray (Ky.) Calloway County Hospital April 1. Penner is retiring from the U.S. Army as a colonel after 29 years of service.

•Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Okla., named Jason Fahrlander CEO. He was COO of Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, Colo.

•Covenant Health System, Lubbock, Texas, named Troy Thibodeaux COO. He was executive vice president and COO of Good Shepherd Health System, Longview, Texas.

Alfred B. Knight, M.D., will transition from president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, Texas, to president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation on April 15.

•Steward Health Care System, Boston, named Jeffrey Liebman president of Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton, Mass., and Bill Walczak president of Caritas Carney Hospital, Dorchester, Mass. Liebman was president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare–Needham. Walczak had been CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, for the past 30 years.

Michael F. Stapleton was named executive vice president of Thompson Health and COO of F.F. Thompson Hospital, both in Canandaigua, N.Y. He was CEO of Lakeside Health System in Brockport, N.Y. He succeeds Deborah Weymouth, who became CEO of New Milford (Conn.) Hospital.

•The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, named Alex Vaillancourt chief information officer. Vaillancourt was the hospital's director of solutions architecture in the information solutions and technology department.

Clint B. Adams was named chief financial officer of Ardent Health Services, Nashville, Tenn. He was chief accounting officer.

•CaroMont Health, Gastonia, N.C., named Jerry Levine, M.D., executive vice president for clinical integration and chief medical officer. He had been at Hackensack University Medical Center in various senior leadership positions for
28 years.

David S. Hefner was appointed executive vice president of clinical affairs at Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) and MCG Health System, Augusta, Ga. He will serve part time while completing his responsibilities as senior adviser of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. He becomes full time July 1. Hefner also will become chief executive of MCG Health Inc. and the Physicians Practice Group pending board approval.

•Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H., named Edward L. Dudley III senior vice president/chief financial officer. He was CFO and vice president of fiscal affairs at Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital.

Daniel Body was appointed vice president, SSM Behavioral Health Services, for SSM Health Care–St. Louis. He was an attorney for the Healthcare Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC.

•Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance named David Osler, M.D., senior vice president for ambulatory services, Lynn Budlong vice president for ambulatory operations and primary care and Somava Stout, M.D., vice president for patient-centered medical home development. Osler was medical director of ambulatory services. He will continue as CHA's associate chief of pediatrics. Budlong owned a consulting practice serving physician practices, community health centers, hospital systems, subacute facilities and managed care organizations. Stout was medical director of CHA's Revere Family Health practice.

•University Health Care System, Augusta, Ga., named Joan Wessman vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer. Wessman succeeds Marilyn Bowcutt, who is now senior vice president/COO. Wessman was executive vice president and chief nursing officer with Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, N.C.

John Michael Colmers was named vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore. He is the former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore.

•The Veterans Administration named Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., director of the new Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. Gaudet was the executive director of integrative medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Grace C. Daigel was named vice president, managed care contracting, for Resurrection Health Care, Chicago. She was director of managed care, reimbursement and corporate compliance for Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill.

Elizabeth A. McGlynn was appointed director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research. She is a former associate director of RAND Health.

Peter H. Struzzi was named vice president and general counsel for St. Vincent's Health Services and Roger Poitras was appointed vice president of practice operations for the St. Vincent's Multispecialty Group in Bridgeport, Conn. Struzzi was a shareholder at Levett Rockwood P.C. in Westport, Conn., where he practiced for 22 years. Poitras was vice president of physician support at MedCath Corp., a cardiovascular provider in Charlotte, N.C.

•Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla., named Brenda Stalnaker director of the Baptist Medical Park Surgery Center, Ramon Aycock, M.D., vice president of cardiovascular services and Andrew Radoszewski administrative vice president of cardiovascular services. Stalnaker was a management consultant on critical care, operating rooms and emergency departments. Aycock was interventional cardiologist and president of Cardiology Consultants. Radoszewski was administrator of Cardiology Consultants.

Joann Ankoviak, R.N., was appointed chief nursing officer at Ocala (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. She was CNO at West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala.

•MedStar Health, Columbia, Md., named James Higgins, M.D., chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital. He has been a member of the center's faculty for more than eight years.

Mitchell A. Fogel, M.D., was appointed chairman and vice president of the department of medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. He is board certified in both nephrology and internal medicine and has been on the St. Vincent's medical staff for 20 years.


Larry Sanders, chairman and CEO of Columbus (Ga.) Regional Healthcare System, will retire on Sept. 30. Sanders will have been associated with The Medical Center and Columbus Regional for 30 years. During his tenure, Columbus Regional Healthcare System was formed from The Medical Center, a single facility with annual revenue of $50 million, and grew to become a multihospital integrated health delivery system with annual revenue of more than $1 billion.

Ellen Zane, president and CEO of Boston's Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children for more than seven years, will retire in September. Zane will continue to consult with the hospital for a year after her retirement and will serve as vice chairman of the board of trustees. During her tenure, Zane returned the medical center to financial stability, strengthened its relationship with Tufts University, established its community physician network and launched its Distributed Academic Medical Center model, which partners with community hospitals to keep more care locally in the community.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Provena Health, Mokena, Ill., and Resurrection Health Care, Chicago, signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore merging. The merger would create the largest Catholic health care network in Illinois, spanning 12 hospitals, 28 long-term care and senior residential facilities, more than 50 primary and specialty care clinics and six home health agencies.

Rockford (Ill.) Health System entered into an affiliation agreement with OSF Healthcare System, Peoria, Ill. No immediate significant changes are anticipated. RHS President/CEO Gary Kaatz would be CEO of the new OSF Northern Region and OSF Saint Anthony President/CEO David A. Schertz would be COO. The OSF Northern Region would be governed by a local board of directors, whose members will reside in or near Rockford.

•The Federal Trade Commission approved the affiliation of Hartford HealthCare and The Hospital of Central Connecticut's parent company Central Connecticut Health Alliance.

Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., will purchase RehabCare Group Inc., St. Louis, in a $1.3 billion deal expected to close in June. The combined company will operate 118 long-term acute care hospitals, 226 nursing and rehabilitation centers, 121 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 1,808 hospital, nursing center and assisted-living rehab therapy services contracts.


St. John Providence Health System has undertaken a large-scale capital improvement initiative. Providence Hospital in Southfield (Mich.) is investing $5 million to add 4,055 square feet to house 16 new acute care treatment areas, increasing the number of private treatment bays to 54. St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital's Macomb Campus in Warren, Mich., will invest $7.3 million to upgrade inpatient services with 30 beds dedicated for observation patients and 16 medical surgical beds. Several multi-patient rooms will be reconfigured into semiprivate rooms. A $2 million outpatient facility will be built and the $3 million Cracchiolo Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center recently opened at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

University Health System, San Antonio, broke ground in January on an $899.4 million capital improvement program that includes a 10-story trauma tower, new emergency center and operating rooms, additional patient rooms plus replacement of existing ones and resizing the diagnostic and treatment areas. The hospital will upgrade to a 713-bed facility within a 2 million-square-foot area. The Broaddus + Muñoz project management team is composed of Broaddus & Associates from Austin, Texas, and Kell Muñoz Architects from San Antonio.

•The Shore Health System Regional Medical Center, a member of the University of Maryland Medical System, will replace its 100-year-old Memorial Hospital at Easton with a 410,000-square-foot regional medical center featuring private patient rooms, an emergency department, and imaging and operating suites designed for inpatient and outpatient services. It will include an ambulatory clinic pavilion attached to the hospital. Architectural firm HKS Inc. will design the medical center.

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health opened the first phase of the $475 million, 10-story, 675,000-square-foot Simon Family Tower in Indianapolis. The Simon family donated $40 million toward the project. The tower will open in phases until completion in 2013.

•Construction began on the 140,000-square-foot Medical Arts Pavilion on the campus of Princeton HealthCare System's new $442 million University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (N.J.) The medical center will replace the University Medical Center at Princeton. The project is owned by Partners Health Trust Inc., a joint venture of Trammell Crow Co., a public pension fund advised by Bentall Kennedy, and physician tenants.

The Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center will build the Florence A. De George Pavilion, a $44.2 million, 75,000-square-foot addition, and renovate more than 50,000 square feet of the hospital on multiple floors and departments. Construction is expected to be complete in 2013. The Haskell Company was awarded the design-build contract. •

Major Gifts

The Mayo Clinic received a $100 million gift from Iowa businessman and philanthropist Richard O. Jacobson. The money will used to build proton beam therapy facilities in Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix, to treat cancer patients.

•The Cusumano family of Burbank, Calif., donated $1 million to the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, designating the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment. The institute's Neurodiagnostic Center will be named for the Cusumanos, who run the largest commercial real estate investment company in the San Fernando Valley.