Appointments

Andrew Jahn became president and CEO of Sonora Regional Medical Center, Roseville, Calif., in February. He replaced Jeff Eller, who became the Northern California Network president in early February. Jahn was vice president and chief financial officer of SRMC.

Ron Galonsky became CEO of Tenet HealthCare's Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Los Angeles, in January. He was chief operations and integration officer at Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif.

John Jay Shannon, M.D., the second in command at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago, will serve as interim CEO when Ramanathan Raju, M.D., becomes president of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp. in late March.

Teressa Conley became president and CEO of Dignity Health's Rose de Lima Campus, Henderson, Nev., in September. She has held these positions on an interim basis since October 2012. She also continues as chief operating officer for the Siena Campus. Before joining St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Conley was chief operations officer and chief nursing officer of Dignity Health's Northridge (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center–Sherman Way Campusa.

Jamal A. Ghani became chief executive administrative officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston. Ghani was president, hospital operations of Metro Health Hospital, and executive vice president of Metro Health Corp. in Wyoming, Mich.

Stephen D. Farber became executive vice president and CFO of Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., in February. He succeeds Richard A. Lechleiter, who retired on Jan. 15. Farber has more than 20 years of health care experience, including serving as CFO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Greg Loomis became president of Mercy Health Muskegon (Mich.) in January. He has been in the interim role since November 2012. Loomis was also COO for Mercy Health Muskegon.

• The Queen's Health Systems appointed Kenneth D. Graham acting president of North Hawaíi Community Hospital, Waimea. He was CEO at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash., and in various executive positions with the Daughters of Charity Health System West in coastal California, Grossmont District Hospital in San Diego and Long Beach (Calif.) Community Hospital.

Nancy A. Olson, R.N., became chief nurse informatics officer for Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., in February. Olson's background is in nursing, patient care and health care management, with eight years of recent experience in enterprise clinical informatics initiatives.

Paula Widerlite became chief strategy officer for Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., in February. She previously led strategy and development efforts at Adventist HealthCare in Maryland.

Thomas Lenkowski became CFO of Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth, N.H., in January. Previously, he served in similar positions at Martha's Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Rick Graniere became chief investment officer along with his responsibilities as corporate treasurer, and Karen Testman, R.N., became CFO of MemorialCare Health System in Southern California. Graniere has been an executive with MemorialCare for 30 years. Testman was MemorialCare's senior vice president of financial operations.

Ron Thieme became chief knowledge and information officer of Community Health Network, Indianapolis, in January. He was president and CEO of AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis.

Matt Schuckman was named vice president of operations for Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Ind. He has been with the organization for 16 years.

Benjamin R. Goodstein became vice president and chief ambulatory officer of Dayton (Ohio) Children's Hospital in January.

Michael Wukitsch became vice president of human resources for Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill., in January. He was chief human resources officer of Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora.

Mindy J. Wright was appointed vice president of provider relations for Acuity Healthcare LP, Charlotte, N.C. She was regional director of marketing for Encore Healthcare.

Chip Staton became vice president of the newly established enterprise program management office and Jennifer C. Peters became vice president and chief operations counsel for LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn. Staton was at Deloitte, where he led the project management office. Peters was general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for Simplex Healthcare.

• Duke University Health System President and CEO Victor Dzau will begin a six-year term as president of the Institute of Medicine July 1. He also serves as chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and is a past chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Eric Topol, M.D., became chief medical adviser of AT&T. Topol is a cardiologist, geneticist and researcher, and will continue in his position as the chief academic officer at Scripps Health. He is a regular contributor to H&HN Daily.

Retirement

John Bluford will retire as president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo., on July 18. Bluford served as chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2011. He began his tenure at TMC in 1999. He intends to remain active in local civic organizations, speak around the country and mentor the next generation of health care leaders through the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute, which he established in 2013.

Acquisition

• Ownership of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Morristown, N.J., a 111-bed acute care hospital, will transfer from Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., to Atlantic Health System in Maryland, subject to state regulatory review. Hackettstown will remain a nonprofit, acute care general hospital.

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Catholic Health Initiatives reorganizes 3 top posts

Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., reorganized its top leadership, according to a press release, "to help strengthen its focus on operational excellence in health care delivery while expanding its capabilities for system growth and strategic initiatives." Kevin E. Lofton, CHI's president and chief executive officer for more than a decade, will continue in his role as CEO while appointing two executives as system presidents. Michael Rowan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, becomes president of health system delivery and will continue as COO. Dean Swindle, executive vice president for business services and chief financial officer, becomes president of enterprise business lines and continues as CFO.
Lofton will focus on CHI's strategic direction and growth initiatives, including potential partnerships and consolidations with health-related organizations that share CHI's vision for integrated health services under new models of care, such as consumer health services. His new role also will allow him to focus more on church relations, governance and advocacy. He serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Catholic Health Association. "Our new organizational structure reinforces Catholic Health Initiatives' focus on the future and our emphasis on nurturing and sustaining our national health care ministry," Lofton said. "This will make CHI even stronger in support of our local market operations and better prepare us to thrive as we move forward to fulfill our mission and vision."