Charitable Gift

Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center in December received a $50 million gift from philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist of Palos Verdes Estates. The gift, the largest in the hospital's history, will be used to complete its new main patient tower, which is scheduled for completion this summer.


Rocklon B. Chapin became president and chief executive officer of Benedictine Health System, Duluth, Minn., on Jan. 1. Chapin succeeds Dale M. Thompson, who announced his retirement in March 2013. Chapin joined the Benedictine Health System in January 2013 and was senior vice president, business development and strategic planning.

Matt Dixon will become CEO of the HCA Gulf Coast Division's Pearland Medical Center, Houston, which opens this fall. Dixon was chief operating officer of St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, a 317-bed facility in HCA's Mountain Star Division.

Arnold Kimmel became the CEO of Franciscan Alliance's St. James Hospitals in Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields, Ill., in December. He was CEO of MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill.

Paul Gaden became chief executive of Providence Health & Services' Portland (Ore.) Medical Center. He also will provide operational leadership, management and direction for the system's facilities on the east side of the Oregon Region. Gaden was vice president and chief operating officer of Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial and Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline in Texas.

W. Peter Daniels became COO of hospital-based services for the Cook County (Ill.) Health & Hospitals System. He also is in charge of outpatient care at Cook County Health's two hospitals, including the 464-bed John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital on the Near West Side of Chicago. Daniels was CEO of Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, which became part of Edward Hospital and Health Services, Naperville, Ill., on July 1.

Cedric J. Priebe, M.D., becomes chief information officer of Brigham and Women's Health Care, Boston, in January. He was CIO and senior vice president for the Care New England Health System in Rhode Island. He is also an attending pediatric hospitalist at Women & Infants Hospital.

Gregory R. Angle became president of HCA's Salt Lake City-based Mountain Division on Jan. 1. He succeeded John Hanshaw, who retired after a 36-year career. Angle was CEO of HCA's Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

James Garvey became executive vice president of hospital operations and administrator of Essentia Health–St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn. Garvey was director of the Healthcare Consulting Practice at Wipfli LLP, Oak Brook, Ill.

Richard Floyd became president of Advocate Health Care's Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., on Jan. 1. He had been president and CEO of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill., since 2001.

Connie Bradley, R.N. became chief nursing officer for Health First, Rockledge, Fla., in November. Most recently, she was vice president of hospital operations and CNO in the inpatient and ambulatory settings of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital system, Milwaukee.

Anselmo Nuñez, M.D., will become CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System's Bon Secours Medical Group, Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 24. Nuñez was senior vice president, medical operations specialty division, Aurora Medical Group, Milwaukee.

• UHC, Chicago, appointed Tom Robertson executive vice president, member relations and insights. He was senior vice president, business strategies and tactics. Julie Cerese, R.N., was promoted from vice president to senior vice president, performance improvement. UHC is an alliance of academic medical centers.

Stephanie E. Mercado became executive director of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, Chicago, in December. She was associate executive for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research.


Stephen Reynolds, the fourth president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care, Memphis, Tenn., will retire in May. Jason Little, Baptist's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed him. Reynolds began his Baptist career as an administrative resident in 1971 after serving as an officer in the Army. After holding a number of leadership positions for 23 years, he was promoted to president and CEO in 1994. Under his leadership, Baptist opened two hospitals in the Memphis metropolitan area — Baptist Memorial Hospial for Women and Baptist Memorial Hospital–Collierville, as well as the area's first residential hospice facility and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. Reynolds oversaw construction of the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., and the creation of the Baptist Medical Group, one of the region's largest physician management organizations.