Appointments

Tomi Ryba became president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif., on Oct. 5. Ryba most recently was president of United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and senior vice president of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, which oversees United Hospital.

Kevin Tabb, M.D., chief medical officer at Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics, will become president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, on Oct. 17. He will succeed Eric Buehrens, who has been interim president and CEO since January 2011.

Martin E. Tursky became president and CEO of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Oct. 1. He succeeded Francis R. Dietz, who retired after serving at the helm of the hospital for 47 years. Tursky came to MHRI in 2010 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, serving in a succession of executive positions, including vice president, chief information officer, vice president of support services and vice president of the heart center.

Michael A. Dorsey was named CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center and chief operating officer of Carondelet Health, Kansas City, Mo. Dorsey brings more than 25 years of senior-level health care experience, most recently as CEO of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

Kathleen Becker became president of SSM St. Mary's Health Center, Richmond Heights, Mo., on Sept. 26. She also will be the SSM Health Care–St. Louis service line executive for the SSM Heart Institute. Becker joins SSM St. Mary's Health Center from Saint Louis University, where she served as the CEO of SLUCare. Also at SSM, Shawn Dryden recently became network vice president of strategy and business development. He was regional director of tertiary care development for the Western Wisconsin Division of Hospital Sisters Health System.

•Memorial Health System of East Texas, Lufkin, named Gary Looper president and CEO. He assumed the job on Oct. 1, succeeding Bryant Krenek, who transitioned into a consulting position for the hospital system. Looper has been the system's vice president of operations for the last eight months.

Steven D. Edwards will become president and CEO of CoxHealth, Springfield, Mo., following the retirement in December of Robert H. Bezanson. Edwards, who joined CoxHealth in 1992, has been the organization's executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2007.

•Adventist Health, Rosewell, Calif., appointed Rick Bockmann CEO of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif., and Gwen Matthews CEO of Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Ukiah, Calif. Bockmann had been vice president for physician services at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and CEO of Adventist Health/California Medical Group since 2007. Matthews had been senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Southern California.

Dan Rohrbach became CEO of the Southwest Health Center, Platteville, Wis., in August. He succeeded Anne Klawiter, who retired in April after serving 22 years. Rohrbach was CEO of Essentia Health in Ada, Minn.

Daniel DeGroot became CEO of Community Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls, Wis., in August. He was division administrator for the west and northwest divisions of Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin's largest independent group practice. DeGroot succeeded Jim Van Dornick, who announced his retirement in July.

•Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., named William Holmes president and CEO of Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga, N.Y., effective Oct. 31. He also will join the vice president team within Fletcher Allen. Holmes was regional vice president of Quorum Health Resources in Brentwood, Tenn.

•Health First, Rockledge, Fla., named Steven P. Johnson president and CEO. He was president of hospital operations for SSM Health Care–St. Louis.

•St. David's HealthCare, Austin, Texas, named Allen Harrison CEO of St. David's North Austin Medical Center, effective Sept. 1. He replaced Donald Wilkerson, who was named CEO of St. David's Medical Center in July. Harrison had been COO of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver since 2006.

•Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, Tenn., named William Brown CEO of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. He was system senior vice president of Provena Health and CEO of Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Ill.

Roy Vinson became CEO of Lubbock (Texas) Heart Hospital on Sept. 12. He was CEO of Southwest Surgical Hospital in Hurst, Texas.

•Adventist Bolingbrook (Ill.) Hospital appointed Mike Murrill vice president/chief financial officer in July. He had been finance manager at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital since 2008. Both hospitals are part of Adventist Midwest Health.

•Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla., named Sharon Nobles vice president and chief financial officer for Baptist Hospital Operations. Nobles joined Baptist Health Care in 1993.

•MetroHealth, Cleveland, promoted Daniel Lewis to chief administrative officer of the health system. Lewis joined MetroHealth in 2007 as vice president and chief human resources officer.

•Stamford (Conn.) Hospital promoted Sharon Kiely, M.D., to senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer and Ruth Cardiello, R.N., to vice president, enterprise risk management. Kiely was vice president of quality and chief quality officer. Cardiello has worked at Stamford Hospital for 11 years.

David Wortham, M.D., was appointed chief medical officer and senior vice president of White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He will also serve as reional executive vice president for the Adventist Health Physician Network. Wortham was senior vice president and CMO of Bright Health Physicians of PHI in Whittier, Calif.

•Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo., appointed Lynette Wheeler chief nursing officer. Wheeler was vice president of cardiopulmonary vascular services at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo.

Jim LaBelle, M.D., medical director of emergency and clinical quality at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (Calif.), was named corporate vice president of quality, physician comanagement and medical management at Scripps Health, San Diego. Previously, LaBelle was president and CEO of Coastline Emergency Physicians and vice president of Encinitas Hospitalist Associates.

Daniel H. Beck was named vice president, legal affairs and general counsel for Edward Hospital & Health Services, Naperville, Ill. Previously, Beck was vice president and regional counsel for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio in Cleveland.

•Cleveland Clinic officials appointed Michael J. Habowski president of the ACMC Healthcare System (Ashtabula County Medical Center, Glenbeigh, Ashtabula Regional Home Health) effective Sept. 19. Habowski had been vice president of clinical services for seven years at Cleveland Clinic's Marymount and South Pointe hospitals.

•National Surgical Hospitals, Chicago, appointed Bryan Fisher president and COO. Fisher was chief financial officer and will be succeeded in that role by David Watson, who joins NSH with more than 20 years of accounting experience and an extensive background in health care and multisite operations. Jim Grant, current COO, will remain an executive vice president with NSH and will work closely with Fisher through February 2012, at which time Grant plans to retire.

•The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania appointed Scott A. Bishop senior vice president, state legislative services. Michael P. Strazzella, HAP's vice president, federal relations, was promoted to senior vice president, federal relations and political development. Bishop and Strazzella succeed James M. Redmond, who will retire at the end of the year. Bishop was vice president of S.R. Wojdak and Associates, a Harrisburg, Pa., lobbying and public affairs firm. Before coming to HAP in 2004, Strazzella was deputy director, congressional relations, for the American Psychiatric Association.

Michael Cuffe will become president and CEO of Physician Services for HCA, Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 26. This is a new role created as part of an internal reorganization HCA announced in February. Cuffe is vice president for ambulatory services and chief medical officer of Duke University Health System.

Jamal Hakim, M.D. was appointed to the new position of chief quality/transformation M.D. for Orlando (Fla.) Health. Hakim has been in a variety of positions for Orlando Health.

•The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., appointed Paula Wilson president and CEO of Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International. Wilson was appointed temporary president and CEO of JCR and JCI in June 2010.

•The American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association elected Mark A. Kenneday president-elect. He is vice chancellor of campus operations at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. He will succeed Jeffrey L. Arthurs, who will assume the presidency from George A. Smith, current president, on Jan. 1.

Retirements

Lawrence H. Kloess III will retire Dec. 31 as president of HCA's Tristar Division. The division comprises 17 hospitals and nine surgery centers in Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. Kloess has 34 years of leadership experience in hospital and physician group management, 28 of them at HCA. He held a number of positions in the company, beginning in 1983 as the assistant administrator at Largo Medical Center in Clearwater, Fla. He subsequently was CEO at Scott General Hospital in Georgetown, Ky., and CEO of Hendersonville (Tenn.) Hospital. In 1995, he became CEO of Conroe (Texas) Regional Medical Center, which was the result of a merger, overseen by Kloess, of two competing facilities. He became president and CEO of Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., HCA's 688-bed tertiary flagship hospital, in 1998. Through his leadership, the facility expanded its medical staff and clinical services, and became nationally recognized in cardiovascular services, heart surgery, stroke services, orthopedics and cancer.

James E. Meyer announced plans to retire next year as president and CEO of MedCentral Health System in Ohio. Meyer's tenure at the health system spans 33 years. He has been in the leadership position at MedCentral and its predecessor Mansfield General Hospital since 1985. MedCentral was created in 1996 with the merger of Memorial and Mansfield General hospitals. During Meyer's career, the health system has expanded to include about 2,550 employees, has brought award-winning cardiac services to the region and launched a multimillion-dollar information technology overhaul called Project ExpertCare, which has earned the hospitals multiple Most Wired Awards from H&HN. Mansfield Hospital also has earned Level II Perinatal and Level II trauma center designations.

Dennis Klima retired as president of Bayhealth Inc., Dover, Del., after 31 years of service with the system and one of its founding hospitals. Klima began as executive director of Kent General Hospital in 1980. He led the merger of Kent General and Milford Memorial Hospital and developed Bayhealth into a $400 million regional health system. He spearheaded Bayhealth's affiliation with Penn Medicine for cardiovascular, oncology and orthopedics services. He oversaw the development and opening of Phase 1 construction at Kent General, which included a three-tower addition. It serves as the foundation for the second phase, which will include a new cancer center, ED and welcome pavilion. Klima also initiated the planning for a replacement hospital for Milford Memorial.

Death

Bernadine P. Healy, M.D., who became the 13th National Institute of Health director in April 1991, and was the first woman to head the agency, died Aug. 6 of a brain tumor at age 67. She had battled brain cancer for 13 years. Healy was NIH director for two years, during which she launched the $625 million Women's Health Initiative and established the Shannon Awards, which fostered innovative approaches in research. She also established a policy that all NIH-funded clinical trials on conditions that affect both genders must include both men and women. Healy came to NIH from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she had been a research director and cardiologist for six years.

Awards

•AHA Solutions and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration named Kristen Fox, director of human resources for Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash., and James C. Williamson, chief human capital officer for Agape Senior and Hospice, in West Columbia, S.C., as the Gary Willis Leadership Award winners for 2011.

Mergers

Alexian Brothers Health System in Arlington Heights, Ill., will become part of Ascension Health, St. Louis, pending regulatory approval. Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic health care system. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Alexian Brothers includes an acute care hospital, specialty hospitals and other services. Ascension Health comprises 1,200 locations in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

The Greater Waterbury (Conn.) Health Network Inc. signed a letter of intent to merge with the previously announced joint venture between LHP Hospital Group Inc. and Saint Mary's Health System Inc. The combined joint venture will invest $400 million to construct a new medical center that will replace both the Waterbury Hospital and Saint Mary's Hospital. LHP will own an 80 percent interest in the combined joint venture, with GWHN and Saint Mary's each owning a 10 percent interest. Governance will be shared among all three parties.

Logan Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Guthrie, Okla., was purchased Oct. 1 by Mercy–Sisters of Mercy Health System, which has 29 hospitals and 200 outpatient clinics in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals, will purchase the 110-bed Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, N.C., pending regulatory approvals. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Duke LifePoint has committed to investing $15 million in capital improvements at the hospital over the next 10 years. A minimum of $6 million will be spent within the first five years of ownership.

Projects

•The UCLA Health System dedicated its new $572 million Santa Monica, Calif., campus on Sept. 9. The campus features the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; a branch of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA; the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital; and the UCLA Rape Treatment Center. The buildings will open for patient care in early 2012. The rebuilding project was launched in response to damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The hospital was built to meet the latest seismic safety standards and can withstand an earthquake of up to magnitude 8.4, while redundant power sources will allow the hospital to operate for at least 100 hours following an earthquake without receiving any help from outside.

•The first phase of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center's $211 million hospital and medical office building opened in Lafay­ette, La. The architectural firm HOK designed the 396,000-square-foot hospital and the 104,000-square-foot medical office. The complex replaces a 263-bed facility. The hospital includes up to 200 beds, eight operating rooms, 19 emergency rooms and 24 intensive care rooms. The master plan calls for a third patient tower with 168 beds, a new heart hospital, more office buildings and a parking garage. The medical center was designed to accommodate two more floors above the patient tower, adding 96 more beds. Our Lady of Lourdes is a subsidiary of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Joining HOK on the project were the Lemoine Co., Lafayette, and Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, Ala., serving as joint venture construction managers; the Estopinal Group, Jefferson, Ind., as architect-of-record; and Navigant Consulting as the program manager.

•Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn., will break ground Oct. 19 on its 100-bed Olive Branch (Miss.) Hospital. The full-service hospital will offer emergency services, obstetrics, cardiology (including open heart), a diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac cath lab and MRI. Gresham, Smith and Partners, Smith Seckman Reid Inc. and Turner Construction Company were selected as an integrated project delivery team for the design and construction of the new hospital, which will open in mid-2013.

•The Department of Defense Medical working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, Health Facilities Planning Agency and Medical Facilities Center of Expertise and Standardization will build a 30-bed hospital at Fort Knox, Ky. HKS Inc./Wingler & Sharp will design the new hospital.