Rod Hochman, M.D., will become president and chief executive officer of Providence Health & Services on July 1. Hochman is one of two Providence group presidents. He will succeed John Kloster, M.D., who will retire at the end of 2013. Koster has been president and CEO since 2003.

Matt Gerlach became president and CEO of Salinas (Calif.) Valley Memorial Healthcare System in February. He was vice president and chief operating officer of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in southern California.

Eric W. Dickson, M.D., became president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, on Feb. 25. He was president of UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Russell P. Branzell will become president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives on April 5. He is currently CEO of Colorado Health Medical Group, a division of University of Colorado Health.

Bernard Klein, M.D., became CEO of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center; in Mission Hills, Calif. Klein had been interim CEO since September and CMO. He replaces Larry Bowe, who left for a regional position with the hospital's parent, Providence Health & Services.

Stephen Hanson becomes president and CEO for Baptist Health, Louisville, Ky., this month. He was executive vice president of Texas Health Resources, Dallas-Fort Worth region. Hanson will replace Tommy Smith, who announced his retirement in June. Smith spent 37 years at Baptist Health, formerly Baptist Healthcare System.

Martin S. Rash became executive chairman and Kent H. Wallace became CEO, and takes on the responsibilities of president and COO for RegionalCare Hospital Partners Inc., Nashville, Tenn., in February. Rash founded the company in 2009. It owns and operates regionally focused community hospitals in nonurban markets across the United States. Wallace was president and COO at Vanguard Health Systems.

Nancy Formella, R.N., became chief operating officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Formella was executive adviser to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Bboards of Ttrustees.

R. David Shimp became COO of St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas, in January. Shrimp was COO of the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Terry Gilliland, M.D., becomes chief medical officer of Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Va., this month. Gilliland was with Kaiser Permanente and the Permanente Medical Group for 17 years.

Alex Mendez became executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Fla. He was the hospital's senior vice president and CFO.

Suzanne F. Clifford became executive vice president of behavioral health for Community Health Network, Indianapolis, on Feb. 25. She replaced Eric Crouse, who retired after nearly 34 years of with the network.

Alan Macdonald became executive vice president for strategy and external affairs for Hallmark Health System, Boston, on Jan. 30. He led the Massachusetts Business Roundtable for 23 years.

Thomas D. Brown, M.D., becomesbecame executive director of Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, in January, in. He was professor of medicine and COO of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Lynn C. Jones is 2013 chairman of the American Hospital Association's Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Governing Council. Jones is president, Christiana Care Home Health & Community Services Inc. and senior vice president, post-acute care services, Christiana Care Health System of Wilmington, Del.

Russell L. Holman, M.D., became chief medical officer of Lifepoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., in February. He succeeds Lanny R. Copeland, M.D., who retired. Copeland had been CMO since the position was created in 2007.

Yvonne Goldsberry became vice president of population health and clinical integration for Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, (N.H.). Paul A. Pezone became vice president of clinical and support services.

Joseph Swedish will become CEO of insurer WellPoint on March 25. He had been president and CEO of Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich. Board member Larry Warren is interim CEO.


• The 382,000-square-foot Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, Ill., was completed in January. The new hospital features private patient rooms, advanced nurse care stations and convenient outpatient services within walking distance of the hospital. The 134-bed replacement facility for St. Mary's Good Samaritan Inc. advances patient safety and care by adding patient lifts to most patient rooms and equipping them with advanced call systems. The Good Samaritan Regional Health Center also features the Outpatient Procedure Center, a one-stop destination for services such as endoscopy, angiography, infusion, nutrition, counseling, blood draw and more. The new hospital was designed by BSA LifeStructures. St. Louis ­McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., in partnership with Lipps Construction Company of Mt. Vernon and Shores Builders of Centralia were the project team.

•Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago broke ground on a $109 million outpatient three-story Center for Advanced Care in February. To be constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic's existing hospital, the project — the first of a planned two-phase building program — will add 156,000 square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health and ambulatory surgery services. The design and construction team is SmithGroupJJR, KJWW Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti and Turner Construction. Completion is targeted for early 2015.

•Ocean Medical Center, Brick, N.Y., is completing a $82 million expansion project that will more than triple the size of the emergency department and transform the hospital campus. The project includes a lower level for critical support services, and second- and third-floor shell space that will eventually contain expanded diagnostic and treatment services, as well as private patient care units. The construction manager is Torcon, Inc.

•The University of Texas Medical Branch Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center will expand its Victory Lakes campus in League City, Texas. The $52.3 million, design-build project includes an addition of 142,000 square feet to the existing outpatient center. The building program will include additional operating rooms, an emergency department, observation units and associated support space that will allow for procedures and surgeries requiring up to a 72-hour stay. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. will be the project manager.

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corp., and Redina Companies, a real estate firm that specializes in the full-service development of medical office buildings and outpatient facilities, broke ground on a $16 million outpatient center in Blufton, S.C. The Bluffton Medical Campus will be home to numerous specialized health care services, such as breast health, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, and various types of therapies and doctors' offices. The center will consist of two floors totaling approximately 60,000 square feet. The first floor will house the outpatient imaging center and be home to the Breast Health Center. The facility is set to open in the fall. 

•HCA North Texas is building a $71 million hospital in Forth Worth, Texas. The full-service hospital will have an emergency department and 30 beds. It will have more than 140,000 square feet and include surgical services, imaging, endoscopy, a medical/surgical unit and an intensive care unit. Projected opening is late 2014.

Major Gifts

Bill Holmes, a retired businessman, made a $27 million gift to the Children's Hospital of Orange County's new pediatric hospital tower, set to open on its main campus in spring 2013. It will be named The Bill Holmes Tower. The 425,000-square-foot, seven-story tower will house Orange County's only fully dedicated pediatric emergency department, in addition to advanced operating rooms, laboratory, pathology and imaging services.

•A former patient of cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Ittleman, M.D. donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care to establish a professorship in his name at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The professorship will be used to help the hospital and the college attract and retain a nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and an acquaintance were both treated successfully in recent years by Ittleman, who is division chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Fletcher Allen and a professor of surgery at the College of Medicine.


•MemorialCare Health System and President and Chief Executive Officer Barry S. Arbuckle were given the Partners in Care Foundation's 2013 Mathies Award for their significant contributions and outstanding leadership in health care. They will be honored at the Partners in Care Foundation Vision & Excellence in Health Care Leadership Tribute Dinner on May 13 in Los Angeles. Under Arbuckle's leadership, MemorialCare has experienced unprecedented growth and financial performance, and has become a regionally and nationally recognized organization.

•The National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission have named Memorial Hermann Health System the 2012 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award at the National Level. The honor acknowledges Memorial Hermann and its affiliated physicians for their High Reliability Organization journey from Board to Bedside initiative. Memorial Hermann's innovative approach has focused on providing compassionate, operationally and financially efficient care by hardwiring high-reliability behaviors, evidence-based care and harm prevention among leadership and employees system-wide.
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