Gary W. Jordan became chief executive officer of Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Mo., on Nov. 1. He had been chief operations officer of Mercy Health System/St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. Wright Memorial, a 25-bed hospital, is part of the Saint Luke's Health System.

•Former DeKalb Medical Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Shelton will rejoin the Decatur, Ga., health system as president and CEO this month. He left the system last winter for a position at the Mobile Infirmary, Alabama's largest nonprofit hospital.

•Adventist Hinsdale (Ill.) Hospital appointed Michael J. Goebel CEO. He was vice president and COO. David L. Crane, who was CEO of both Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist Midwest Health, has re-assumed the position of president and CEO of Adventist Midwest Health, comprising four suburban Chicago hospitals: Adventist Hinsdale, Adventist Bolingbrook, Adventist GlenOaks and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals, as well as Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand, Wis.

•HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City, Mo., appointed Damond Boatwright CEO of Overland Park (Kan.) Regional Medical Center. Boatwright assumed responsibility of the 350-bed acute -care hospital on Oct. 17. Since 2007, Boatwright has been the chief executive officer of Lee's Summit (Mo.) Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System.

John A. Grah became CEO of Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis, part of Tenet Healthcare Corp., in October. Grah was COO of Providence Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital at Providence in El Paso, Texas.

Kevin Roberts will become president and CEO of Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center on Dec. 5. Currently, Roberts is president and CEO at Castle Medical Center on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Adventist Health also has promoted Lowell Church and Peggy Nakamura, R.N., from assistant vice presidents to vice presidents. Church is vice president of materiel management. Nakamura will retain the titles of chief risk officer and associate counsel.

Jeffrey Steinberg, M.D., was appointed CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital, one of four Vanguard Health System-owned medical facilities in the Chicago market. Steinberg comes to Weiss from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., where he was senior vice president for health policy and disparity, and chairman and director of surgery.

Robert William Hoefer will become president of SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Mo., on Jan. 3. He was vice president of operations for Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital. Sheila Kuenzle became corporate vice president for SSM Health Care's new patient business services department in St. Louis. Kuenzle was vice president of revenue cycle for SSM–St. Louis. Susan J. Ell was appointed first network vice president for SSM Health Care–St. Louis Foundation. She was president and chief development officer for Advocate Health Care Charitable Foundation in Chicago.

Michael W. Garfield was appointed market CEO of Tennova Healthcare in Knoxville, Tenn. He will oversee seven hospitals in Tennessee. He was a division vice president with Community Health Systems in Nashville.

Stephen E. Corbeil, president of HCA's Midwest Division in Kansas City, Mo., since 2007, is now president of HCA's Nashville-based TriStar Division. He replaces Larry Kloess, who retired. HCA Delta Division President Mel Lagarde became president of HCA's newly named MidAmerica Division.

Paula Baker will become president and CEO of Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo., on Jan. 1. She is currently chief clinical officer and will succeed current CEO Gary Duncan, who announced in August his plan to retire.

Brian M. White became president and COO of Northwest Hospital and senior vice president of LifeBridge Health, Northwest's parent company, on Oct. 1. He was vice president of Northwest Hospital, Randallstown, Md.

Matt Graybill was promoted to COO of the Children's Medical Center of Dayton (Ohio). He served for 19 years as vice president for business development and planning.

•The Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Tyler, Texas, appointed Steven P. Keuer, M.D., president and chief medical officer and Gifford V. Eckhout Jr., M.D., executive vice president and chief of anesthesia. Keuer previously was executive vice president. Eckhout has been a Trinity Clinic physician and will continue to serve as head of the clinic's anesthesia department.

•White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, named David Wortham, M.D., CMO and senior vice president. Wortham will have a dual role as the hospital's CMO and as regional executive vice president for the Adventist Health Physician Network. He was senior vice president and CMO of Bright Health Physicians of PIH, Whittier, Calif.

•Steward Health Care named Matthew Lowry, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and Stephen E. Burke executive director of finance at its Norwood (Mass.) Hospital. Lowry had been medical director for the intensive care unit since 2007. Burke was director of finance at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighton, Mass.

Thomas P. McIlwain, M.D., was named vice president of quality and performance improvement at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston. He also serves as patient safety officer. He was vice president of clinical quality/patient safety at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital named Terry L. Wilkerson vice president of facilities and support services. Wilkerson was vice president for facilities and support services at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Jamie Youssef became vice president of neurosciences and orthopedics at Medical City Dallas (Texas) Hospital in September. Youssef previously was vice president at Integrated Healthcare Strategies in Columbus, Ohio.

Joseph J. Musto was appointed director of business development at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton, Md. He was director of business development and strategic planning for Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.

•The National Quality Forum, Washington, D.C., named Rosemary Kennedy vice president for health information technology. She was chief nursing informatics officer for Siemens Medical Solutions.

Joseph L. Cappiello was appointed COO of the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program based in Chicago. He was vice president of field operations at the Joint Commission from 1998 to 2008 before forming his own consultancy.

Major Gifts

NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, received a $50 million gift in October to create a pediatric hospital. The gift was made by longtime medical center trustee Sylvia Hassenfeld and her family. The 160,000-square-foot Hassenfeld Pediatric Center will be located within the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, which is scheduled to open in late 2017 on NYU Langone's main campus on the east side of Manhattan. The pediatric center will include acute inpatient and intensive care units with 68 private rooms, each with a "family zone" featuring sleep-in couch, storage and Web access. The center also will have a preoperative unit with bedside space for family, pediatric operating rooms, catheterization lab and two procedure rooms.


Paul Wiles will retire as president and CEO of Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C., at the end of the year. Carl S. Armato, senior executive vice president and COO, will succeed him. Wiles will retire after 41 years with the nonprofit health system and with the hospitals and organizations that preceded the formation of Novant Health in 1997. He joined the organization in 1970 as a hospital administrative resident and advanced to vice president of professional services and later to senior vice president and COO of Forsyth Medical Center. In 1985, Wiles was named president and CEO of Carolina Medicorp and Forsyth Medical Center, the Winston-Salem based predecessor organizations of Novant Health. He became president and CEO of Novant Health in 1997 when Carolina Medicorp and Forsyth Medical Center merged with Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte. The health system has grown from a stand-alone hospital into a four-state system with 13 hospitals. Armato has served in leadership positions with the organization for the past 13 years.

Robert L. Sloan will retire July 5, 2012, after 26 years as president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Since he began in 1985, Sibley's campus has grown to 20 acres, and now includes an assisted living facility and medical office building, among others. A radiation oncology center is under construction and planning is under way for a new hospital. Sloan recently oversaw the integration of Sibley into the Johns Hopkins Health System. After retirement he will be an active adviser to the Hopkins system, the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation.

William C. VanNess II, M.D., will retire Dec. 31, 2012, as president and CEO of Community Hospital Anderson in Indiana. He joined the hospital's medical staff in 1973 as a family practitioner and has served as president and CEO since 1997. Under his leadership, the hospital established the first clinical research center in Madison County and operates a Center for Advanced Wound Care, freestanding Community Center for Digestive Care and a long-term care division with three freestanding nursing homes and the county's only Alzheimer's living facility. It also implemented a daVinci robotic surgical program and, in 2009, a new IT system.

Mergers & Acquisitions

•HCA acquired full ownership of HCA-HealthONE LLC by purchasing the 40 percent stake owned by the Colorado Health Foundation for $1.41 billion. The system, which was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the nonprofit foundation and HCA, includes seven hospitals and 13 ambulatory surgery centers in the Denver area.

Person Memorial Hospital officially joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals.

Methodist Health System purchased the hospital facilities owned by Richardson (Texas) Hospital Authority. The facilities had been operated by Methodist through its affiliate, MHSR Medical Center, since 2009.

Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services will form a nonprofit health care system in western Washington. Providence will keep its name and Catholic identity, while Swedish will keep its name and remain a nonreligious organization.


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia broke ground on the $30 million Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center. The 52,000-square-foot facility will contain 56 examination rooms. It was established with a $7.5 million gift from Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation of Fort Washington, Pa. The principal architect is Brawer & Hauptman Architects and the contractor is INTECH Construction. It is expected to open in early 2013.

Slidell (La.) Memorial, a 182-bed acute care community hospital, will expand its emergency and cardiology departments to 56,000 square feet. KLMK Group Inc. will provide program management services. Construction is to be completed by June 2013.