• The National Center for Healthcare Leadership, which works to improve population health by enhancing the capacity of health care leaders, named John W. Bluford III, president and chief executive officer of Truman Medical Centers Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., as recipient of its 2013 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. The award recognizes the innovation Bluford has brought to the delivery of high quality and accessible health services to his community. He was cited for his commitment to safety-net organizations and to vulnerable populations. He also was lauded for "thinking outside the bed," an outreach program that brings health management, wellness and preventive medicine outside the four walls of the hospital and into the neighborhoods. Programs include a health and wellness center at a local library branch; weekly fresh produce markets held at TMC hospital campuses and a mobile produce market that makes nine weekly stops around the urban core and surrounding neighborhoods; and extensive outreach to help patients learn to navigate the health care system to reduce their dependence on emergency care.
• Paul A. King will become executive director of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital in August. King is currently the chief executive officer of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and president and chief executive officer of the Pediatric Management Group, its management services organization.
• Edward Mirzabegian became corporate CEO of Avanti Hospitals LLC, Los Angeles, on June 3. He was CEO of Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Calif.
• Alan D. Guerci, M.D., became president and CEO of Catholic Health Services, Rockville Centre, N.Y., on July 1. He was executive vice president for CHS and president and CEO of its St. Francis Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital. Guerci succeeds Richard J.J. Sullivan Jr., who was interim CEO and is chairman of CHS' board of directors. Dennis Verzi became the system's first chief operating officer on July 1. He was executive vice president and chief administrative officer of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, N.Y.
• Yousuf J. Ahmad became market president and CEO of Mercy Health in June. Mercy Health is part of the central market of Catholic Health Partners. Ahmad had been chief transformation officer for Mercy Health since 2011.
• Carol L. Garikes Schneider became president and CEO of CHE Trinity's Mercy Hospital, Chicago, in May. She was the system chief operating officer of Cook County Health & Hospitals System in Chicago.
• Lynn Torossian became president of Detroit Medical Center's Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital on July 1. Torossian replaces Patricia Wilkerson-Uddyback, M.D., who had served as interim president of the hospitals since March. Torossian was president of Detroit Medical Center's Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Town, Mich.
• Dave Overman was promoted to president and COO of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in May. He has been COO since 2008. Previous President Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., will continue as Children's CEO with a focus on long-term strategy, philanthropy, government relations and board relationships.
• Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., became COO in the division of accreditation and certification operations of the Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., in May. For the past year, Pelletier had been the interim COO.
• Arturo Polizzi became COO of ProMedica Toledo (Ohio) Hospital and ProMedica Children's Hospital in June. He is also chief human resources officer of ProMedica. He joined ProMedica in 1998 as associate legal counsel.
• Veronica Scott-Fulton, R.N., became vice president of operations and patient care services for Wolfson Children's Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., on June 3. Scott-Fulton was administrative director of nursing operations and medical-surgical services at Miami Children's Hospital.
• Tony delCampo became executive director of the Office of Commercialization and Technology Ventures for Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center in June. He was vice president, Office of Research and Technology Ventures at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
• Kyle Netter was appointed executive director of corporate and affiliate relations for Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Inc., Indianapolis, in June. Netter was administrative director for affiliate acute rehab units for RHI.
• Brian Jensen in June became regional vice president of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California's Sacramento-Sierra, Stanislaus-Merced, and San Joaquin-Mother Lode sections. He succeeds Scott Seamons, who retired after nearly 40 years of leadership positions in the health care field, including eight years with the Hospital Council. Jenson was government relations consultant for Pacific Gas and Electric's Sacramento and Sierra divisions.
• Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, N.C. opened a $200 million, six-story North Tower in June. It is the largest construction project in Cone Health's 60-year history. The North Tower has 96 private rooms, 16 operating rooms and an expanded emergency department. The project continues with the renovation of 83,000 square feet of existing space with expanded areas to prepare patients for surgery and updated areas to monitor and care for them after surgery.
• Hackensack University Health Network and LHP Hospital Group reopened the Hackensack-UMC at Pascack Valley Hospital in May. It's the recipient of the first license New Jersey has granted to a new hospital since 1984. HackensackUMC and LHP formed a joint venture in 2009 to reopen the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., which was closed in April 2007. The hospital has 128 beds.
• Owensboro (Ky.) Health Regional Hospital opened to patients on June 1. Built on a 162-acre tract, the 780,000-square-foot, nine-floor facility adjoins a three-floor diagnostic and testing building that houses the emergency department, maternity services, surgery and supporting areas. KLMK Group Inc. was project manager, HGA was architect and Turner Construction was construction manager.
• The $536 million, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center replacement at Fort Hood, Texas, was topped in May. Balfour Beatty | McCarthy is providing design-build services for the 947,000-square-foot project, which sits on a 72-acre site and will include a six-story hospital tower, two two-story outpatient clinics and one three-story outpatient specialty clinic. Construction is slated for completion next summer, with the opening planned for summer 2015.
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