Patrick Wardell was named chief executive officer of Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance. He was president and CEO of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. Wardell replaces Dennis D. Keefe, who resigned last July to become CEO of Care New England in Rhode Island.

•Cleveland Clinic named Joanne Zeroske, R.N., president of Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights, Ohio, effective Feb. 6. Zeroske was Euclid (Ohio) Hospital's president for the last three years.

Tim McGill became CEO of River Park Hospital, McMinnville, Tenn., on Feb. 20. McGill was CEO of Capella Healthcare's Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, Ala. River Park Hospital is also part of Capella Healthcare.

Charles D. Nasem was named president and CEO of the Louisiana Heart Hospital, Lacombe. Nasem was system COO for Deaconess Health System and for Midwest Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma City for the past five years.

Scott Smith was named CEO of LifePoint's Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Miss. He was CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

•Indiana University Health Goshen appointed Randy Christophel president and CEO in February. He was COO.

John Warner, M.D., became CEO of UT Southwestern Hospitals, part of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, on Feb. 1. He was one of the leaders of the planning process for the 460-bed University Hospital scheduled to open in 2015. Formerly assistant vice president for hospital planning, Warner, an interventional cardiologist, is medical director of the Doris and Harry W. Bass Jr. Clinical Center for Heart, Lung, and Vascular Disease.

Joe Hodges became regional president/system vice president of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma on Feb. 13. He was interim in that post since September. He replaces Chris Howard, who became president/CEO of SSM Health Care–St. Louis. Hodges has been with SSM Health Care for 20 years.

•SSM Health Care–St. Louis also named Lee Bernstein regional executive vice president of hospital operations/COO for seven hospitals. Bernstein was interim executive vice president/COO of SSM St. Joseph Hospital West.

Peter A. Marmerstein on April 1 will become president of HCA's West Florida Division. He succeeds Dan Miller, who is retiring. Marmerstein is CEO of HCA's CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

W. Trent Crable was appointed executive vice president and COO of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Hospital Center. He was CEO of George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dane Henry was named executive vice president and COO of DeKalb Medical, Decatur, Ga. Henry was vice president of operations at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville.

Matthew Love became senior vice president of finance/CFO of Humility of Mary Health Partners, Youngstown, Ohio, on Feb. 13. Love was vice president of strategy, planning and operations for Methodist Healthcare's Lebonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

•Lee Memorial Health System named Daniel Fink chief administrative officer for the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Fink was president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

Scott Glasrud will become executive vice president and COO of UHC on May 1. UHC, based in Chicago, is an alliance of nonprofit academic medical centers. For the last 15 years, Glasrud has been CFO of the University of Kansas Hospital.

Sandra Viall, R.N., became chief nursing officer of Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, Fla., on Feb. 13. Viall was director of nursing at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill.

Danielle Dyer was named chief strategy and planning officer and Diane Stover was named chief experience and marketing officer of the newly affiliated organization combining Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital and Memorial Health System in South Bend. Dyer joined Elkhart General Hospital in 2006 as vice president of strategy and marketing. Stover joined Memorial in 1990 as assistant vice president for market communications and was appointed vice president for marketing and innovation strategy in 1999.

Amy Maneker, M.D., became chief medical information officer for Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital in January. Maneker comes to Akron Children's from Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland.

James R. Johnson was named senior vice president of human resources of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. He was director of the benefits & compensation department.

•Community Hospital Corp., Dallas, promoted George Hill from vice president, managed care, to senior vice president, revenue integrity. Alice Fleetwood, director of revenue cycle, was promoted to vice president, revenue cycle. Tod Beasley was promoted to senior vice president, hospital financial operations. Beasley provided financial analysis, project management and performance im-provement leadership for Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas.

Paula Spears, R.N., became vice president for professional practice, research and Magnet nursing operations at Texas Health Resources, Arlington in December. She was executive director and CEO of the Nursing Institute of the Mid-South in Memphis, Tenn.

Bruce Schwartz, M.D., deputy chairman and professor of clinical psychiatry of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., and CEO, president and medical director of University Behavioral Associates and MBCIPA, is the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. Paul Summergrad, M.D., the Dr. Frances S. Arkin professor and chairman, department of psychology, and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, is the chair-elect.

Acquisitions & affiliations

Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital finalized a joint operating agreement creating the University of Colorado Health, with annual net revenue of $1.5 billion and nearly 10,000 employees.

Twin County Regional Healthcare, Galax, Va., and Duke LifePoint Healthcare signed a definitive agreement to jointly own and operate TCRH and its affiliated assets. Duke LifePoint will own 80 percent of the joint venture, while TCRH will retain a 20 percent ownership stake.

UC San Diego Health System received approval to acquire the Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas.

•Subsidiaries of Community Health Systems Inc., Franklin, Tenn., executed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Memorial Health Systems in York, Pa., which includes 100-bed Memorial Hospital and the Surgical Center of York. The agreement includes a commitment to build a replacement hospital within five years of the closing date.

Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo, Ind., and Community Health Network, Indianapolis, signed a letter of intent for a formal affiliation.

Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., became part of St. Luke's Health Network, Bethlehem, Pa. and changed its name to St. Luke's Health Network Warren campus.

HCA, Nashville, Tenn., completed its acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kan., on Feb. 1. Terms were not disclosed.

Ministry Health Care, Milwaukee, took over sponsorship of Affinity Health System, based in Oshkosh, Wis., from Wheaton (Ill.) Franciscan Healthcare in February. Ministry and Wheaton have been co-sponsors of Affinity since 1996. Affinity includes three hospitals, 26 clinics, a medical group and its Network Health Plan.

•Northeastern Pennsylvania's largest network of hospitals has united under the name Commonwealth Health. Each entity will retain its current name but will refer to itself as an affiliate of Commonwealth Health. Cornelio Catena will be CEO of Commonwealth Health and CEO of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The seven other hospitals in the system are Berwick Hospital Center, First Hospital, Mid-Valley Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Special Care Hospital and Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Health Management Associates Inc., Naples, Fla., executed a definitive agreement to joint venture five Oklahoma hospitals: 53-bed Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital; 64-bed Integris Clinton Regional Hospital; 25-bed Integris Marshall County Medical Center, Madill; 52-bed Integris Mayes County Medical Center, Pryor; and 32-bed Integris Seminole Medical Center. HMA will own an 80 percent controlling interest and will manage their operations.


•A $98 million expansion of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas was completed recently. A 125,000-square-foot surgical-specialty hospital features 14 operating rooms, 12 intensive care unit rooms and 48 inpatient rooms. •