Appointments

The American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, Fla., appointed Peter B. Angood, M.D., CEO. Angood was president and CEO of a Boston-based health care consulting firm.

•Gene N. Herbek, M.D., medical director of transfusion and coagulation services for Methodist Hospital's Pathology Center-Schenken Pavilion, Omaha, Neb., was sworn in as president-elect of the College of American Pathologists in September.

•David B. Tillman, M.D., became CMO of Partners in Care Foundation, San Fernando, Calif., in September. Partners is a nonprofit center of innovation that aims to help shape a new vision of health care by partnering with organizations, families and community leaders. Tillman was president and CEO of  the Motion Picture and Television Fund, Woodland Hills, Calif., a health care and social services charity for people working in or retired from the Southern California entertainment industry. 

Awards

The Concord (Mass.) Chamber of Commerce honored the 2011 Business Person of the Year, Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital, at its 58th Annual Dinner on Oct. 26. Schuster has been at the helm of the hospital for six years. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Concord Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2009. She sponsors and hosts the business seminar series held by the chamber each winter and was instrumental in the creation of the chamber's Concordopoly game.

Mergers and Acquisitions

•Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services will form a new nonprofit health care system that will include all of Swedish's operations in five counties in western Washington. Providence will keep its name and Catholic identity, while Swedish will keep its name and remain a nonreligious organization. The two nonprofit organizations are working on the details of the proposed affiliation. Until the regulatory review and approval process is complete, the two organizations will continue to operate independently. Swedish Health Services was founded in 1910 and has five hospitals, more than 70 primary care and specialty clinics, three ambulatory care centers, a home care division and 11,000 employees in Greater Seattle. Providence Health & Services was founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 and has 27 hospitals, 214 physician clinics and almost 53,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence provides strategic and management services to integrated health care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state.

Projects

•Children's Medical Center in Dallas will consolidate and expand both its Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Heart Center. KMD Architects will provide the master plan and design.

•New Horizons Healthcare broke ground on a $10.7 million community health center building in Roanoke, Va. The 32,000-square-foot building will have space for adult and pediatric exam rooms, dental clinic, behavioral health clinic, pharmacy and health education area. Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. is the general contractor and Richmond-based architect Baskervill is the design-build partner on the project. The facility is expected to open September 30, 2012.

Openings

The "New Saint Luke's" — a $330 million renovation and expansion of the health campus for Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Mo., featuring a new heart center — opened in October. The Heart Institute's previous location on the hospital's south side, built in 1980 as the first dedicated heart center in the country, will be renovated and occupied by Saint Luke's Brain and Stroke Institute.

The new Children's Hospital at Scott & White opened Oct. 4 in Temple, Texas. The 148,000-square-foot hospital has 64 beds, including 48 private rooms and 16 pediatric intensive care unit rooms. Scott & White Children's Hospital in July formed a 20-year partnership with Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Architects from Dallas-based HKS led the design effort, which transformed Temple's former King's Daughters Hospital building into the Children's Hospital at Scott & White.
 
A $40 million ambulatory care center opened at the Veteran Administration Pittsburgh Health System in O'Hara, Pa. The two-story building, which earned LEED certification, offers primary care, rehabilitation, audiology, dental, pharmacy and prosthetics. Five years ago, VAPHS leaders ushered in a $295 million Pittsburgh VA Cares Consolidation to streamline operations at the Heinz Campus in O'Hara and a second site in Oakland. There are four new buildings on the Heinz Campus that include a $34 million recovery center, a behavioral health building and administrative center. Pittsburgh-based Astorino designed the ambulatory care center and Walsh Construction Co. broke ground two years ago.

•Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., opened its 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit in October. It is the final stage of its $180 million expansion project.