• Kevin Brown was named president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta. He was CEO of Swedish Health Services in Seattle. He succeeds R. Timothy Stack, who was CEO of Piedmont Healthcare until his death on July 30, 2012.
• Cherie Sibley became CEO of LifePoint Hospital's Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, Ky., in May. She has been in executive leadership roles at three LifePoint facilities.
• David Darden became CEO of LifePoint hHospital's Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, Va., on May 1. He was CEO of another LifePoint hospital, Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va., and previously was chief operating officer at Memorial Medical Center at Las Cruces, N.M., also part of LifePoint Hospitals, and as CEO of Bartow (Fla.) Memorial Hospital. Darden served as COO and then CEO of Raleigh General from 1994 until 2001, when it was part of HCA.
• Jesús Garza who has been president and interim chief executive of Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, Texas, will become CEO officially on July 1.
• Hawai'i Pacific Health promoted four hospital executives. Ray Vara became president and CEO of Hawai'i Pacific Health; Martha Smith became CEO of Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children; Jen Chahanovich became CEO of Pali Momi Medical Center; Art Gladstone became CEO of Straub Clinic & Hospital; and Kathy Clark became CEO of Kaua'i Medical Clinic in addition to her current role of president and CEO of Wilcox Memorial Hospital.
• Patricia Maryland will become president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Health, St. Louis, on July 1. She will continue to serve as Michigan ministry market leader for Ascension Health and president and CEO of Ascension's St. John Providence Health System in Detroit through June 30.
• Judith Persichilli was named interim president and CEO of the new Roman Catholic system that would form through a pending merger of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health. She has been president and CEO of Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., since 2010. Larry Warren was named interim COO. He was interim CEO for Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., and previously was president and CEO at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
• Christopher R. Mosley became executive vice president and COO of Grady Health System, Atlanta, in April. He was senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla.
• Lori Price, R.N., was named president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park, Ill., part of Loyola University Health System. She had been president of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Ind., and administrator of the St. Joseph Physician Network.
• Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kan., will become president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Mo., on May 20. Mercy Hospital Jefferson, formerly Jefferson Regional Medical Center, became part of Mercy on Feb. 1.
• Patrick Cawley, M.D. became vice president of clinical operations and CEO of the Medical University Hospital Authority, which is a subsidiary of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. He succeeds CEO Stuart Smith, who recently retired. Cawley was chief medical officer of the Medical University Hospital Authority.
• Mark B. Schiffer, M.D., was named vice president, community and physician relations for Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City. Schiffer will continue in his current role as vice chairman, Ddepartment of Ccardiovascular Mmedicine.
• The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, Ann Arbor, will be named for the late Samuel and Jean Frankel, whose foundation committed $25 million to the center. That's in addition to a $25 million gift made anonymously by the foundation when the center opened in 2007. The gift supported the center's clinical approach, which emphasizes cooperation among providers and puts patients and families first.
• Iowa Health System, West Des Moines, the nation's fifth largest non-denominational health system, is now UnityPoint Health. The former Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics is now UnityPoint Clinic and Iowa Health Home Care is now UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice.
• University of Missouri Health Care opened its largest expansion ever for University Hospital in Columbia. The 310,500-square-foot, $190 million addition creates a patient care tower and a 100,000-square-foot replacement facility for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The eight-story tower includes 90 private rooms; a 7,000-square-foot inpatient pharmacy; six operating rooms, with space to expand to an additional six rooms; 25 pre-procedure rooms and 18 post-procedure recovery rooms. It was designed by HOK.
• Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H., opened its four-story, 136,000-square-foot Garrison Wing in January. The addition accommodates a 24-bed Women & Children's Center housing a dedicated C-section operating room and single-room nurseries; 64 additional private medical-surgical patient rooms; and education and conference space. Leo A. Daly and BCDM Architects, both of Omaha, Neb., worked together to design the new facility.
• St. Vincent Fishers (Ind.) Hospital, a 50-bed, 110,000 square-foot inpatient expansion to St. Vincent Medical Center Northeast, opened April 8. The expansion includes 30 med-surg rooms, 10 observation beds and 10 labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms. The inpatient expansion was designed by BSA LifeStructures.
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