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  • Patrick Christiansen was promoted from chief operating officer to chief executive officer of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Falls Church, Va. He will lead the campus' four hospitals, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women's Hospital, Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in northern Virginia. In addition to his role as CEO, Christiansen became executive vice president, Inova.
  • Sandra L. Fenwick, president and COO of Boston Children's Hospital, will become CEO and president. She will succeed CEO James Mandell, M.D., who is retiring at the end of September after 13 years as the hospital's chief executive and a 35-year association with Boston Children's as a pediatric urologist.
  • Gerald Clute became chief executive of Providence Southern California's Tarzana Medical Center on Dec. 17. Clute was president and CEO of California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles.
  • J. Scott Steiner became CEO of MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Ill., in November. Steiner had been interim CEO since July and previously had been COO since 2007.
  • Richard Webster, R.N., became COO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, in November. He was vice president of perioperative services and musculoskeletal service line administrator.
  • Marita Hattem became the interim president and COO of Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital in November. She has been an administrator at Aspirus since 2008, and succeeds Diane Postler-Slattery, who became president and CEO of Mid-Michigan Health in Midland.
  • Anthony J. Filer became chief financial officer of Presence Health, the Chicago health system formed by the 2011 merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. He joined Provena Health in 2002 as CFO.
  • Richard Davis became senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Barnabas Health System in New Jersey in November. He was CFO of George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  • Dan Kinsella in November became chief information officer and executive vice president for Cadence Health, the health system created through the merger of Central DuPage Health and Delnor Community Health System, Winfield, Ill. He was senior vice president of Optum Insight, a division of United Healthcare.
  • Pamela Teufel became senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, in November. She was vice president of human resources for Temple University Health System.
  • Scott Nordlund became executive vice president for enterprise strategy and innovation development of Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., in November. He was senior vice president for strategic growth, network and new venture development at Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West). Gregory C. Marotta became senior vice president of national operations for U.S. HealthWorks, a subsidiary of Dignity Health, on Dec. 1. He was senior vice president of operations, east division, for U.S. HealthWorks.
  • Steve Horsley became vice president and chief information officer of Cone Health, Greensboro, N.C., on Jan. 1. He succeeds John Jenkins, who retired on Dec. 31. Horsley joined Cone Health as vice president and associate chief information officer in November 2010.
  • Debra Cordes, R.N., became chief rehabilitation nursing officer of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis in November. She was the International Leadership Institute manager and project manager for the Sharecare Initiative at the Honor Society of Nursing-Sigma Theta Tau.
  • Karen Davis, who is leaving the Commonwealth Fund after serving as its president for two decades, returned to Johns Hopkins University Jan. 1 as director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care.


  • Sister Sheila Lyne, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital, Chicago, announced her plans to retire. She will continue as CEO until a successor is named and the transition is complete. Lyne joined the community of Sisters of Mercy in 1953, earned a psychiatric nursing degree and began her tenure at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in 1970. She served as president and CEO from 1976 until she was appointed commissioner of public health for the city of Chicago in 1991. In late 2000, she returned to Mercy as president and CEO. Over the past 12 years, Mercy has increased its volume each year, and now boasts a nationally recognized heart and vascular center, certified stroke center, 11 medical satellite centers and a digital breast care center. Once a new CEO is in place, Lyne will become senior adviser to the Mercy Foundation Inc. Mercy is part of Trinity Health.
  • Sally Gammon, president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Allentown, Pa., will retire this year. She joined Good Shepherd in May 1997 and led the organization's transformation from a local rehabilitation provider and home for the disabled to post-acute care health system.
  • Duane Erwin, president and CEO of Aspirus, a nonprofit health system in Wausau, Wis., plans to retire July 31. Erwin has led Aspirus since 2006. Prior to joining the system, he was president of Parkview Hospital and executive vice president of Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind. Under his leadership, the Aspirus network grew from its central Wisconsin home to northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


  • Pat Neff Groner, the first CEO of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Fla., died in December at age 91. During his career, Groner participated in numerous health care organizations, including the American Hospital Association, and in 2008 was inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame by the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is survived by Louise, his wife of 68 years, two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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