•The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services appointed Patrick Conway, M.D., chief medical officer and director of the agency's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, which aims to reduce health disparities. He was a pediatric hospitalist and director of hospital medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

•Nebraska Methodist College-The Josie Harper Campus appointed Danielle Dubuc-Pedersen vice president of business development and communications for the college. NMC, Omaha, Neb., an affiliate of the Methodist Health System is a fully accredited, private four-year degree granting health professions college.


John W. Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo., and chair of the American Hospital Association, received the 36th Laura G. Jackson Award for exceptional leadership in the health care industry.  It is the Kellogg Health Enterprise Management Alumni Association's top achievement award and recognizes outstanding Kellogg graduates in the health care field.

Gay Landstrom, R.N., senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer for Trinity Health, Novi, Mich., was presented with Sigma Theta Tau Rho Chapter's Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. Sigma Theta Tau International is the national honor society for nursing. Landstrom is responsible for patient care services throughout Trinity Health. She has been instrumental in the redesign of Trinity Health's patient care delivery model and is credited for helping the system achieve a 31 percent reduction in patient falls with injury, a 45 percent reduction in pressure ulcers and an 80 percent reduction in extended stays due to catheter associated urinary tract infections following elective surgery.