Tom Andrews became president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph's Health System March 12. He assumed the role following the 2011 formation of a joint operating company between Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Healthcare. A member of Catholic Health East, SJHS retains an ownership interest in the JOC and remains the parent company of Saint Joseph's Mercy Foundation, as well as Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services and its subsidiary, Mercy Senior Care. Andrews had been president of Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services since September 2003.

Ron Baker was named CEO of Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit, Mo. He was CEO of Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., also a member of Saint Luke's Health System. Baker succeeds CEO George Pagels, M.D., who assumed leadership of Saint Luke's East Hospital in 2003 in the early construction phase of the 40-acre health care campus. Pagels will continue as chief medical officer until a replacement is identified.

Barry Wolfman became CEO and managing director of the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., in April. He was chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. The hospital also appointed Mary A. Hopkins director of health information management systems and Linda Joy Carrick, R.N., director of women's services. Hopkins was director of health information management systems at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond, Va. Carrick was nurse administrator for inpatient and outpatient obstetrics, gynecology and neonatal nursing at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

•Health Management Associates Atlantic Division appointed Todd Dixon CEO of Barrow Regional Medical Center. He had been chief operating officer of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, N.C., since August 2009.

•The Cleveland Clinic appointed Mark Froimson, M.D., president of Euclid Hospital. He was the vice chair of the clinic's Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. He replaces Rich Lea, who had been the hospital's interim president since January.

Donna Russell-Cook became president of St. Elizabeth Hospital on April 30. She succeeded Dennis Popp, who has postponed his previously announced retirement to be vice president of support services for the Franciscan organization. Previously, Russell-Cook was CEO of the Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa since 2009.

Sylvia Young on June 1 will become president of HCA's Continental Division, which comprises seven Denver-area hospitals in the HealthONE system and Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kan. Young replaces Jeff Dorsey, who announced his retirement in March. Young was president of HCA's Sunrise Health System.

•Beaumont Health System announced the appointments of four executives to new or expanded roles. Samuel Flanders, M.D., was named executive vice president of quality, safety and clinical effectiveness for the system. He joined Beaumont in 2008 from Clarian Health Partners in Indiana where he was senior vice president of medical quality. Thomas Brisse was appointed executive vice president of operations for the system. He began his Beaumont career in 1987 in management engineering. Nancy Susick, R.N., was appointed as president of Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Mich. She has held various staff, nursing leadership and administrative positions at Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy since 1986. Subra Sripada was named executive vice president and chief administrative and information officer for the system. Sripada joined Beaumont in 2008 from the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

•South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., named Mark A. Bogen senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Bogen, who had been vice president of finance since 2008, succeeds Gerald Haas, who retired after more than 10 years as the hospital's CFO.

•Anne Arundel Health System named Barbara Baldwin chief information officer. She was CIO of the University of Virginia Health System.

Marcus B. Shipley was appointed senior vice president and CIO of Trinity Health, Novi, Mich. He was vice president of information technology, IT infrastructure and operations at Cigna.

•Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center named Shafiq Rab CIO. He had been vice president and CIO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System in New York since 2008.

•Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta appointed Charles Enicks CIO. Enicks was CIO at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

•DuBois (Pa.) Regional Medical Center named Janice Hamscher chief nursing officer. She was CNO/senior vice president at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa.

•SSM Health Care, St. Louis, promoted Michael Panicola to senior vice president, mission and organizational ethics. Mindy Manley was named vice president of surgical services. Panicola was corporate vice president, ethics and social responsibility. Manley was executive director for surgery and cardiac services.

BJ Bartleson, R.N., was appointed vice president of nursing and clinical services of the California Hospital Association. She was the director of patient care services and chief nurse executive at Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California, located in Sacramento.

Scott M. Lippman, M.D., was named director of Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego. He was chair of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

•LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., appointed Paige Porter senior director, pharmacy informatics; Karla Schnell senior director, clinical informatics; and Barbara Olson, senior patient safety officer. Porter has been with Lifepoint for six years and Schnell was previously with The North Highland Company. Olson was HCA's director of patient safety.


William D. Petasnick will step down as CEO of Froedtert Health, Milwaukee, on July 1 after 19 years with the organization. Catherine Jacobson, currently president, will become president and CEO. Petasnick will remain on the board of directors as vice chairman. He plans to stay active in the health care policy arena. Petasnick joined Froedtert Hospital in 1993 when Milwaukee County was grappling with significant deficits at its county hospital. He worked closely with county leaders to change the model of care, with Milwaukee County becoming a purchaser of care and Froedtert Hospital expanding to a full-service academic medical center in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Petasnick led the development of Froedtert Health in 2001, when Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls joined with Froedtert Hospital. In 2008, St. Joseph's Hospital, West Bend, and the West Bend Clinic joined the system. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin provide 1 million patient visits annually at the 57 clinics located on the academic medical center campus. Petasnick has served as chairman of the American Hospital Association, Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Council of Teaching Hospitals. He is an adjunct associate professor of health management at the University of Iowa.

Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and CEO of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania since June 1995, will retire at the end of this year. Scanlan received the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees Award in 2011 and has served on a number of boards, including those of the AHA, HARSCO Corp., and WITF Inc.


The American Hospital Association presented the Distinguished Service Award to Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. The AHA cited Davis as "a catalyst for identifying, assessing and disseminating information and tools to build a high-performing delivery system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency."