Major Gift

  • Philanthropist Marianne McDonald in April donated $3 million to expand drug and alcohol treatment programs at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego and to create the McDonald Center at Sharp HealthCare. The center will include all chemical dependency programs currently housed at Sharp Mesa Vista and Sharp Vista Pacifica.


  • Nancy Howell Agee will become president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., on July 1. She will succeed Edward Murphy, M.D., who will go to work with TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., a New York City- and London-based investment firm, as well as to become chairman of the board of Sound Physicians, a hospitalist organization. Agee has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of the system since 2001.
  • Adventist Health is restructuring executive functions at its Hanford, Calif.-based operations. Wayne Ferch, president and CEO of Adventist Health/Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif., joins the Central Valley Network as president and CEO. He reports to Richard L. Rawson, the network's current president/CEO, who assumes the title of vice president of Adventist Health with responsibilities for Central California. Charles Sandefur takes the newly created position of vice president of mission and community development, beginning in June. He had been president and CEO of the international Adventist Development and Relief Agency for eight years. Kevin Erich becomes president and CEO of Feather River Hospital. He had held those posts at Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, Calif.
  • Michael A. Young will become president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, Pa., in June. Young currently serves as president and CEO of Grady Health System and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
  • Darlene Stromstad will become president and CEO of Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital in July. Stromstad currently is president and CEO of Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine.
  • Bryan J. Hargis was appointed CEO of St. Luke's Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital and vice president of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Houston. He was CEO of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Mo.
  • David M. Sessions was named president and CEO of Doctors' Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. Sessions was a health care consultant and has previous hospital leadership experience.
  • Dean Q. Lin was appointed president of Meridian Health's Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. He was vice president of business development at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where he also founded and served as CEO of Geisinger's Careworks Convenient Healthcare.â„¢
  • Bob Lanik, CEO of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., and senior vice president, divisional operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, has begun his new role as CEO of CHI Nebraska. A search for a new St. Elizabeth CEO is underway.
  • Robert W. Pryor, M.D., became president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas, on April 15. He was COO and chief medical officer.
  • LifePoint Hospitals named Deborah Armstrong CEO of Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, Ga., and Jerry Dooley CEO of Georgetown (Ky.) Community Hospital. Armstrong was COO at Rockdale. Dooley was interim CEO at GCH and has held CEO positions at four other hospitals.
  • Martin Judd was named executive vice president and CEO of Resurrection Health Care's Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. Judd was vice president of professional services at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, a Resurrection Health Care two-campus facility. Bradley Howard, M.D., was appointed a senior vice president and Resurrection Health Care's first chief medical informatics officer. Howard was the CMIO of Bon Secour's Greenville, S.C., region.
  • North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, Idaho, appointed David Butler CEO. He was president and CEO at Jellico (Tenn.) Community Hospital.
  • Harold Berfiend was named COO of Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was chief financial officer.
  • Richard Tumlin was named COO at HCA's Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. He was with Centennial Medical Center, where he directed the expansions of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and Heart Center.
  • John Russell became CEO of Columbus (Wis.) Community Hospital on May 3. Prior to joining CCH, Russell was an administrator at Boscobel (Wis.) Area Health Care.
  • Timothy Maurice was appointed CFO of UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, Calif. He was vice president and CFO at St. John's Regional Medical Center and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Ventura County, Calif.
  • Cindy Ehnes was named president and CEO of the California Children's Hospital Association in Sacramento. She was director of the California Department of Managed Health Care.
  • Kimberly Ovitt was appointed senior vice president of public relations at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Ovitt comes to St. Jude from Arizona State University where she directed communications for several high-profile research programs.
  • Andrew Palumbo was named vice president of physician and ambulatory services at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. He was vice president of business affairs at Chicago area's Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group.
  • Kindred Healthcare Inc. appointed Gregory C. Miller chief development officer. He was senior vice president, corporate development and financial planning. In the hospital division, Traci Shelton was promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president, West Region, Ronald C. Lazas Jr. was promoted from vice president and chief counsel to senior vice president and chief counsel. David Mikula was promoted from vice president to senior vice president of sales and marketing.
  • Kenneth W. Kizer was named director of the new Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System, and a Target of Excellence professor at the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in Sacramento, Calif. He was founding president and CEO of the National Quality Forum.
  • St. Charles Health System, Bend, Ore., appointed Michel Boileau, M.D., chief clinical officer. A practicing urologist, he has been chairman of the Physician Hospital Alignment for Central Oregon since its beginning in July 2009. Jeff Absalon, M.D. joined St. Charles in February as chief physician officer.


  • Provena Covenant Medical Center President and CEO David Bertauski in March retired from the Urbana, Ill., hospital he had led since 2005. Mike Brown, president and CEO at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, Ill., succeeds him, serving as regional president and CEO with oversight responsibility for both hospital ministries in Provena's East-Central Illinois Region. Bertauski joined the organization in 2005 from Navigant Consulting. He brought about numerous clinical advancements, including PCMC's designation as the only hospital in Illinois with dual accreditation in chest pain and heart failure; certification as a primary stroke center; and the $6 million renovation of the hospital's Blessed Beginnings Birthing Suites. Brown joined Provena in 2005 as COO and chief nurse executive at PUSMC before being promoted to president and CEO in 2008.


  • Sister Norita Cooney, former CEO of the Bergan Mercy Health System in Nebraska, died March 7 at age 71. In 1986, she took the reins of the health system, which included Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. She served for 10 years until Alegent Health was formed. In 1995, she was named chair of the board of Alegent Healthcare System, headquartered in Omaha, which consisted of eight hospitals and more than 40 health care clinics in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. In January 2002, Cooney became vice president of mission services and community affairs for Alegent Health. She served on the boards of many organizations, including: One World Community Health Center, Our Healthy Community Partnership, Hospice House, Quality Living, Solutionary Inc. and the Health System of the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community in St. Louis. She supported the formation of Mercy Housing Inc. and other housing initiatives.


  • The American Hospital Association presented its 2011 Distinguished Service Award to Thomas Royer, M.D., CEO emeritus of Christus Health in Irving, Texas, in at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. The award, the association's highest honor, recognizes significant lifetime contributions and service to the nation's health care institutions and associations. Before becoming CEO emeritus on March 1, Royer was its first president and CEO served for 12 years. The AHA also presented an Award of Honor to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine, home of the first Veterans Administration outpatient clinic located in a private rural hospital. AHA Board of Trustees Awards went to Carolyn Scanlan, president and CEO of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa., and Charlotte Yeh, M.D., chief medical officer of AARP Services Inc. in Washington, D.C., for their contributions to the work of the AHA.

Mergers and Partnerships

  • Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta plan to form a joint operating company that would give Emory Healthcare 51 percent ownership of Saint Joseph's. Saint Joseph's will retain involvement in governance of the JOC, including super majority voting rights on certain issues critical to its mission and values.
  • Elkhart (Ind.) General Healthcare System and Memorial Hospital and Health System, South Bend, Ind., signed a memorandum of understanding to form an affiliation. The affiliation will include an equal number of board members from each organization to form a new system entity. Each hospital will retain its separate board and report to the new system entity. For the first two years, a member of the Elkhart General board will serve as chairman.
  • Avanti Hospitals LLC is expected to close on its purchase of Coast Plaza Hospital, Norwalk, Calif., this month.
  • Delnor Health System and Central DuPage Health in Illinois formed a new health system. Each hospital will retain its own identity; a name for the health system is under development. Luke McGuinness, CDH's president and CEO, was named CEO of the new system, reporting to a board composed of 10 trustees each from CDH and Delnor. Michael Vivoda was named president of CDH and executive vice president of the health system. Thomas L. Wright will continue as president of Delnor Hospital, and will be executive vice president of the health system. Jim Spear, CDH's CFO, will be executive vice president and CFO of the health system. Liz Rosenberg, CDH's vice president of strategic planning, will be the health system's executive vice president of strategy and administration.
  • All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla., is now a part of the Johns Hopkins Health System as a fully integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The 259-bed freestanding pediatric hospital retains its name and leadership.


  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., will break ground this fall on a $62 million project to expand WakeMed North Healthplex into
    WakeMed North Hospital. WakeMed North Hospital will be a 61-bed acute care hospital with a focus on inpatient women's specialty services. It will serve men and children through the existing emergency department, outpatient surgery, imaging, lab and physician services.
  • Ground was broken on the 143-bed acute care, 320,000-square-foot Scott & White Hospital-College Station in Texas. Jacobs Architects and Engineers will design the hospital, which will be built by Kitchell Contractors. Jason Jennings was named CEO. He was COO of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, a partner in the Scott & White Healthcare system.
  • The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., launched the hospital's $30 million, 30,000-square-foot expansion with a beam signing event and construction celebration on April 7. The expansion will add 33 acute, neonatal intensive care and medical- surgical beds, and will include new clinic space in the hospital's adjacent doctors' office tower. Concurrent with construction of physical space, an additional $20 million will be invested in strategic programmatic growth in the areas of childhood cancer, heart disease and prematurity.