Appointments

John D. Cacciamani, M.D., was named CEO of Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia. Cacciamani, a board-certified internist and geriatric sub-specialist, has 15 years of experience in hospital operations, most recently at Temple University Hospital.

Jeff Sperring, M.D., was appointed president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis. Sperring, who is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, joined IU Health in 2002 and has served as Riley's chief medical officer since 2009.

Mario J. Garner will become CEO of the New Orleans East Hospital, a $130 million facility now under construction and set to open in 2014. Garner was chief operating officer at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Ga.

Wayne Pack became chief human resources officer, David C. Williams, D.O., became president of the Community West Region and Jason R. Fahrlander became president of the Community North Region for Community Health Network, Indianapolis, in September. Pack was senior vice president, human resources-Americas for Brightpoint North America L.P. Williams has held numerous leadership positions at Community Westview Hospital. Fahrlander was CEO of Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Okla.

Gary Bryant became interim chief financial officer of Health Mangement Associates, Naples, Fla. He had been senior vice president and controller.

Leif Murphy became CFO of LifePoint Hospitals Inc, Brentwood, Tenn., in September. He was president and CEO of DSI Renal Inc.

Daniel Morreale became vice president and chief information officer for St. John's Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, N.Y., in August.

Paul Peabody became vice president and CIO of Bronson Healthcare, Kalamazoo, Mich., in September. He was CIO at Palomar Health in Escondido, Calif.

Michael R. Goler, M.D., became senior vice president and chief medical officer of Lake Health, Concord Township, Ohio, in August. He was CMO of South Lake Hospital in Florida.

Charles Husson, D.O., became chief medical officer of Genesys Health System in Genesee County, Mich. He also oversees risk management, the medical staff office and high reliability organization work. Husson joined the medical staff of Genesys in 1998 as an internal medicine physician.

Inga Himelright, M.D., became senior vice president and chief quality officer of the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville on Sept. 1. Himelright was vice president and CMO for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

David A. Dagenais, director of plant operations and security at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H., is the new president-elect of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association. Dagenais will succeed Philip C. Stephens, who becomes president on Jan. 1, 2014.

Grace Y. Ko became vice president, development and alumni affairs for NYU Langone Medical Center in September. Ko was the executive director, campaign development at NYU Langone.

Niki Lee Donawa became chief community relations officer for Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Mo., in August. Donawa was community/physician relations manager for the University of Kansas Hospital's department of pediatrics.

Retirements

William E. Evans will retire as director and chief executive officer of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., in July 2014. He has been with the organization for more than 40 years and CEO for the last 10. An expert in pharmacogenomics, Evans came to St. Jude as a student in 1972. During Evans' service as CEO, St. Jude announced the best worldwide cure rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It also was the first to remove cranial radiation from standard treatment of this disease, reducing harmful long-term health risks. The largest-ever investment in whole-genome sequencing of childhood cancers was launched by St. Jude under Evans' leadership. This initiative has produced significant research advances in aggressive childhood leukemias, brain tumors and common solid tumors in children. All of the resulting genome sequence data is made available for free to the global scientific community.

Robert G. Carmen, president and CEO of Adventist Health, announced he will retire on April 1, 2014, concluding a 44-year career with the health system, which spans the states of California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. He has been president and CEO since October 2007. During his career, he was executive vice president/COO of the Roseville, Calif.-based system, president of Adventist Health/Southern California, and president of White Memorial Medical Center and Glendale Adventist Medical Center, both in the Los Angeles area. Carmen was vice president of Region I, which encompassed Adventist Health's Central California hospitals and president of Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. An occupational therapist by training, he began his career in rehabilitation services. The most visible legacy of Carmen's leadership will be the shift toward ambulatory services. This includes the formation of Adventist Health Physician Services and the clinics, as well as outpatient services. These sites now number more than 180.

Bill Powanda will retire on Sept. 27 as vice president of Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn. In 1975, Powanda joined Griffin, the hospital in which he was born. During the course of his 38-year career there, Griffin became an innovator in patient-centered care and the parent of the international Planetree organization, assisting more than 800 health care facilities and the Veteran's Administration health care system in providing patient-centered care. Improving the health of the community is a Griffin priority, and Powanda served on the boards of many community organizations. He was involved in the National Coalition of Healthy Communities, the local Healthy Valley initiative and the All-America Cities designation of the Valley in 2000.

Transitions

• The University of Colorado Health, Aurora, announced in August that President Rulon Stacey and CEO Bruce Schroffel will step down. Schroffel will retire on Jan. 31, 2014. Stacey will become president and CEO of Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, on Nov. 4. Bill Neff, M.D., will serve as UCHealth's interim president and CEO until those positions, which will be combined, are filled. He is currently chief medical officer. In 2010, Schroffel, then president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital, and Stacey, then president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colo., began talking about combining their organizations into UC Health. UC Health later added Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Acquisition

• The Fauquier Health board of directors and LifePoint Hospitals have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to jointly own and operate Fauquier Health, Warrenton, Va., including the hospital and its related assets. LifePoint would own 80 percent of the joint venture, while Fauquier Health and the Warrenton community would retain a 20 percent ownership stake.  The joint venture would invest $52.8 million in capital improvements over the next 10 years.  Governance would be shared equally between Fauquier Health and LifePoint.

Projects

• HCA Gulf Coast Division broke ground on the $71 million, 144,000-square-foot Pearland (Texas) Medical Center. The 30-bed acute care hospital will open in the fall of 2014, and feature surgical suites, medical/surgical beds, intensive care beds and a 24-hour emergency department. Gould Turner Group, Nashville, Tenn., is the project's architects and Skanska will build the hospital.

• Centura Health's Castle Rock (Colo.) Adventist Hospital opened in August. The four-story, 219,000-square-foot includes a 26,000-square-foot emergency department and imaging center, 50 patient beds and a separate medical office building. HuntonBrady Architects designed both the emergency department and hospital.
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