Stephen M. Erixon became chief executive officer of LifePoint Hospitals' Lander (Wyo.) Regional Hospital in June. He had been interim CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Minn., since January 2011.

Ryan R. Chandler became president and CEO of the Medical Center of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System on June 25. He was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Firelands Regional Healthcare System in Sandusky, Ohio.

Gary L. Jepson became CEO of Pekin (Ill.) Hospital in June. He was president and CEO of Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos.

Susan Peach became CEO of LifePoint Hospitals' HighPoint Health System, Gallatin, Tenn., on July 2. She replaces Mary Jo Lewis, who had held the position since 2010 and announced her retirement in April. Peach had been chief nursing officer of the Delta Division of LifePoint Hospitals' Hospital Support Center since 2010.

Bill Little was named CEO for Capella Healthcare's Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, Tenn. He was CEO of DeKalb Community and Stones River hospitals. Bob Luther is interim CEO of those facilities. He had been CEO of the two hospitals from 2006 to 2009.

J.P. Gallagher, president of NorthShore Evanston (Ill.) Hospital, will become COO of NorthShore University HealthSystem when Jeffrey Hillebrand retires in September. Hillebrand has been with the Evanston-based system for 33 years. Doug Silverstein, president of NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Ill, will succeed Gallagher at the Evanston hospital, and Sean O'Grady, senior vice president at NorthShore Evanston Hospital, will succeed Silverstein in Glenview.

Alan Watson, COO at Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, Tenn., was named CEO, succeeding Robert Otwell, who will retire when a new COO is selected. Watson became COO in February 2010.

Bradley W. Simmons will become COO of Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Mo., on July 23. He was senior vice president of medicine, surgical and emergency/trauma services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas.

• Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas, named Terry Scoggin chief financial officer. He was a vice president and trust officer at Guaranty Bond Bank in Mount Pleasant.

Richard Heim became president of Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill., on July 2. He succeeds Michael Englehart, who will become president of Advocate Physician Partners. For the past year, Heim was vice president of operations and ambulatory services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Roland Fargo, vice president for business development at White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, was named senior vice president of strategy and business development for the Adventist Health/Southern California Network. SCN comprises White Memorial Medical Center, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Simi Valley Hospital.

Graham Lee was named vice president of philanthropy at Shore Health System, Easton, Md. A fundraising professional for 36 years, Lee was vice president of development for the Memorial Hospital Foundation and Shore Health System from 1989 to 2002.

• South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., named Joshua Yedvab vice president of physician alignment strategies. He was a health care system associate executive director for ambulatory care.

Major Gift

• During a May ceremony in Joplin, Mo., Mercy leaders and United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba announced details of a $5 million gift from the UAE Embassy to fund a pediatric section and the hospital's first neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU will provide specialized care for ill or premature newborn infants. It will be part of the pediatric section that will occupy an entire floor of the Mercy Hospital Joplin, currently under construction. The announcement of the gift came just days before the one-year anniversary of a tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed 8,000 buildings in Joplin, including the Mercy-owned St. John's Regional Medical Center. Previously, the UAE Embassy, donated $1 million to provide laptops for all 2,200 of the city's high school students.


• The board of directors of Woods Memorial Hospital, a 72-bed hospital in Etowah, Tenn., signed an asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of the hospital by LifePoint Hospitals on June 4. The transaction is expected to be completed in approximately 30 days. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


• On June 9, Children's Memorial Hospital began a historic transport of patients from its home for 130 years in the Lincoln Park neighborhood to its new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago three miles away on the downtown campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After more than 10 to 18 hours and with the help of 25 ambulances, staff moved approximately 150 patients, many from the intensive care units. Children's Memorial was renamed in recognition of Chicago philanthropist Ann Lurie's $100 million gift. The strategic downtown location allows the hospital to recruit top pediatric specialists and to collaborate with its academic and clinical partners, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, completed its seven-year campus expansion, described as the largest pediatric expansion project in U.S. history. Once renovations have been made to the existing hospital, Nationwide Children's will house 460 patient beds on its main campus in addition to the 92 off-site newborn special and intensive care beds the hospital leases from local maternity wards. The expansion adds 2.1 million square feet to the hospital's downtown campus. Among the key elements of the expansion: a 12-story, 750,000-square-foot new main hospital; a clinical research building that houses the surgery center, the Center for Digestive Disorders, GI procedures and clinical psychology, as well as two floors dedicated to research; and an expanded West campus that includes a research facility known as Research Building III. The complete master facilities project finished on time and under budget with a total estimated price tag of $783 million.

• Children's of Alabama dedicated the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham. The "replace-in-place," $400 million, 760,000-square-foot facility includes new operating rooms, emergency department, patient beds, radiology and imaging, NICU and pharmacy. The building is named in honor of Alabama entrepreneur Benjamin Russell (1876-1941) to recognize the $25 million gift by his grandson, Ben Russell and Ben's wife Luanne. KLMK Group has provided project advisory and facility activation solutions over the past four years to ensure that the new facility fulfilled the vision of hospital leadership and the community.

• Officials from LHP Hospital Group Inc. and the Seton Family of Hospitals opened the Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Bell County, Texas. The 192,400-square-foot facility includes 83 beds, all private patient rooms, electronic medical records, helipad and a 60,000-square-foot medical pavilion adjacent to the medical center. The hospital was built to accommodate growth. Seton is a member of Ascension Health.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Ind., broke ground in June on its $109 million BEACON Project, which consists of a 200,000-square-foot, five-story, 120-bed inpatient tower, as well as a redesign of key health care service areas and upgrade of the hospital's critical engineering systems. BSA LifeStructures of Indianapolis is the architect/engineer on the project.

Children's Hospital Colorado broke ground on a full-service South Campus hospital. Located in Highlands Ranch, the satellite campus will include urgent care, ambulatory care and outpatient and inpatient beds. The project's first phase, scheduled to open in late 2013, will encompass more than 175,000 square feet with future capacity to expand. FKP Architects designed the hospital.

• Humility of Mary Health Partners unveiled plans to invest more than $203 million in new construction and equipment improvements over the next two years, moving the system toward its goal of all private rooms at all three of its hospitals in Ohio. Master facility plans for St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and St. Joseph Health Center in Warren were announced in May. The largest project on the list, at more than $100 million in capital costs, is the construction of a seven-floor, 122-bed patient tower at SEBHC. Construction contracts for the 165,000-square-foot addition will be awarded this summer and construction will begin this fall.

• Construction has begun on the Todd Cancer Pavilion on the campus of Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial, which will serve as the welcoming entry to the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, and will include outpatient treatment, breast imaging and doctors' clinics. The project is designed by Long Beach-based c|a ARCHITECTS and MHP Structural Engineers.

HackensackUMC in New Jersey broke ground on a $35 million project to expand and renovate its emergency trauma department. The project will create 75 private treatment rooms and three triage stations, and specialty areas for trauma, cardiac, oncology and geriatrics.