Appointments

Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., became president and chief executive officer for CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., in October. He was director of the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Mark Boucot will become president and CEO of Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md., in January. He was vice president and chief operating officer of Medstar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.

Charles Gressle became CEO of the Medical Center of Plano (Texas) in November. Gressle was COO of Medical City Dallas Hospital and Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas.

Richard P. Lofgren, M.D., becomes president and CEO of UC Health, Cincinnati in December. He succeeds James A. Kingsbury, who announced his retirement in May. Lofgren was at UK HealthCare, the University of Kentucky's health system.

Mark Sims becomes CEO of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C., in December. He was CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn. Sims succeeds Doug White who retired in September.

Tom Russell, president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, will become vice president of Population Health Innovations for Adventist Health in January.

Rear Adm. Donald Gintzig became interim president and CEO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., in October. Gintzig was a commanding officer and reservist in the U.S. Navy. He retired on Oct. 1 from his active duty positions as rear admiral, senior health care executive and acting deputy surgeon general.

Robert M. Brooks became executive vice president and COO of Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, Tenn., in November. He was a hospital executive for Health Management Associates Inc.

Pat Currie became president and COO of Baylor Scott & White Health's Central Texas division. Currie was COO of Scott & White Healthcare, which merged with Baylor Health Care System in October.

Robert F. Carrel will become president of HCA's Richmond, Va.-based capital division in January. Carrel has been chief financial officer of the capital division since 2006. He succeeds Margaret Lewis, who will retire after a 37-year career with HCA.

Kathy Cook became president of Humility of Mary Health Partners' St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio. She was chief nursing officer at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., became president of DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit in October. He was president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Jill Batty will become chief financial officer of Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance on Jan. 6. Since 2004, she has served as senior vice president of finance and CFO of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in Keene, N.H.

Herman Williams, M.D., became senior vice president and chief medical officer for RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Brentwood, Tenn. He was corporate vice president for medical affairs at Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, Tenn.

Tom McGue, M.D., became chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs, and Denise Sullivan, R.N., became chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing services for Newport (R.I.) Hospital in November. McGue was director of clinical services, Naval Health Care New England. Sullivan was administrative director of nursing clinical services for Newport Hospital.

Thomas Loff became CFO of Banner Health's East Morgan County Hospital, Brush, Colo., in September. He was interim CFO of Banner Health's Page (Ariz.) Hospital.

Diane Laird was named chief strategy officer for MemorialCare Health System, a six-hospital system in California's Orange and Los Angeles counties. She was CEO of Greater Newport Physicians and Nautilus Healthcare Management Group, which are part of MemorialCare Medical Foundation and MemorialCare Health System.

• LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., promoted Jeremy Clark to vice president, associate general counsel. He will provide legal support for all employed and recruited physicians. Clark has been with LifePoint since 2006.

Mitchell Harris became chief administrative officer and vice president for business affairs, Jefferson University Physicians for Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He was vice president and chief ambulatory operations officer for West Virginia University Hospitals and WVU Healthcare, Morgantown.

Steven T. Rosen, M.D., will become the first provost and chief scientific officer of the City of Hope, Duarte, Calif., on March 1. He is the director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Abiodun Omoloja, M.D., will became chief medical informatics officer for Dayton (Ohio) Children's Medical Center on Dec. 1. Omoloja began his career at Dayton Children's in 2002.

Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill., became chairman of the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care in November.

Michael J. Zarski, became executive director of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill., in October. He was executive director for the American Osteopathic Information Association, Chicago.

Retirement

Joseph T. Sebastianelli will retire Dec. 31 as president and CEO of Jefferson Health System in Radnor, Pa. Sebastianelli, who has spent his 40-year career as a lawyer and health care and insurance excutive, joined JHS as president and CEO on Feb. 1, 2002. During his tenure, annual system revenue increased from $1.4 billion to $3.1 billion and net annual operating income grew from $18 million to $232 million. JHS was recognized by Thomas Reuters as one of the Top 5 Large Health Systems in America based on clinical quality performance. Sebastianelli has served on a number of boards of health care organizations, including the Delaware Valley Hospital Council and American Hospice Management. He was chairman of the board of the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009. He was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell to the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Management Reimbursement and Cost Reduction Commission, and continues to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative established by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Mergers & Affiliations

LifePoint Hospitals finalized it's joint venture agreement to share ownership of Fauquier Health, Warrenton, Va. The agreement includes $52.8 million in capital investments to Fauquier Health over the next 10 years and more than $100 million to fund a charitable foundation to support community services. As part of the final agreement, LifePoint will own 80 percent and Fauquier Health and the Warrenton community will retain 20 percent ownership. Governance will be shared equally between Fauquier Health and LifePoint. Fauquier Health's retained assets and the proceeds from the transaction have eliminated the health system's debt. Fauquier Health is LifePoint's sixth hospital in Virginia.

• Ownership of the San Leandro (Calif.) Hospital was transferred from Sutter Health to Alameda Health System on Oct 31. Under the July agreement Sutter Health donated the assets of San Leandro Hospital, including the building, land and equipment. Sutter Health also established a $22 million fund to transfer the hospital and support its ongoing operations through the transition. AHS will continue operating the current hospital services, including the emergency department, while evaluating the future health and wellness needs of the community. AHS also will create a new acute rehabilitation center.

Rockford (Ill.) Health System is becoming part of Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill. During the next several months, RHS and Cadence Health will work to define the potential partnership, which is subject to regulatory approval.

Projects

Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital opened a $26 million emergency department and SMH Heart Center expansion in October. The 35,000-square-foot ED has a capacity for 31 patients. The 30,000-square-foot Heart Center has 38 beds. The project manager was the KLMK Group Inc., now CBRE Healthcare.

QueensCare Health Centers, East Los Angeles, broke ground for a 24,000-square-foot facility in October. The two-story building will include 38 medical exam rooms, nine dental operatories for adult and pediatric dentistry, three counseling rooms, two meeting rooms and a conference room. The health center is expected to be open to serve patients in early 2015. Consolidated Contracting Services Inc. is the general contractor.
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