Major Gifts

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has named the new surgical and interventional center in its soon-to-open Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion in honor of Bill and Sue Gross, who gave a $20 million gift toward the building that will bring together clinicians and re-searchers under one roof to accelerate biomedical discoveries and to speed those advances into clinical care. The 50,000-square-foot Sue and Bill Gross Surgery and Procedure Center will occupy the fifth floor of the 11-story, 820,000-square-foot pavilion, which will serve an estimated 400 patients per day after its summer 2013 opening. The pavilion will be the new home of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, neurosciences and other departments.
  • Baptist Health, Jacksonville, Fla., in November announced a $10 million gift from philanthropists J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the largest gift that Baptist Health has received in its 57-year history. It will go to the health system's endowment where it will generate perpetual funding for programs in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. Baptist Health will recognize the Weavers' gift with the naming of the new patient tower at its Jacksonville campus, which begins serving patients in December. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower expands services offered by Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital within the same structure.
  • Leonard D. Schaeffer, the founding chairman and past CEO of WellPoint, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, gave a $25 million gift to endow and support the University of Southern California's Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Established in 2009 with a gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer, the USC Schaeffer Center is jointly housed in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy. The center is led by health economist Dana Goldman and faculty, includes Daniel McFadden, a Nobel laureate in economics. Schaeffer is a Judge Robert Maclay Widney chair and professor at USC. He served as administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


  • Bernard J. Tyson was named the next chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente. He will succeed George Halvorson, who will retire next year. Tyson, current president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, joins the board of directors this month. He will become CEO after a six-month transition period. Halvorson will remain chairman through the end of 2013, at which time Tyson will take over the role of chairman and CEO.
  • Mohan Suntha, M.D., was named president and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. The University of Maryland Medical System acquired SJMC from Catholic Health Initiatives on Dec. 1. Suntha is vice chairman of the department of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, professor of radiation oncology and associate director of clinical affairs at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. In his capacity as vice president for system program development for UMMS, Suntha was part of the transition team working on the SJMC acquisition.
  • John A. Brennan, M.D., will become president and CEO of MetroHealth in Cleveland on Jan. 1. He had been president and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Jersey since 2007.
  • Heather Rohan became CEO of HCA's TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 1. Rohan had been CEO of Aventura (Fla.) Hospital and Medical Center for the past seven years.
  • Diane Postler-Slattery, will become president and CEO of MidMichigan Health, Midland, Mich., upon the retirement of Rick Reynolds, current president and CEO in early 2013. Postler-Slattery had been president and chief operating officer of Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wis., since 2005.
  • Robert L. Marshall Jr. became CEO of LifePoint Hospitals' River Parishes Hospital, LaPlace, La., on Nov. 5. Marshall replaces Gerald A. Fornoff, who had been interim CEO of the hospital since January 2011. Marshall was chief administrative officer at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Tyler.
  • Robert H. Barrow became CEO of Doctors' Hospital of Michigan in Pontiac on Oct. 29. Barrow replaces Sam Gizzi, who stepped down as CEO on Sept. 28. Barrow was CEO of consulting firm BPL International.
  • Elaine Couture, R.N., became CEO of Providence Health Care, Spokane, Wash., as current CEO Michael Wilson transitions to retirement. Couture was COO of PHCS' Sacred Heart and president of Holy Family Hospital. PHC is the parent organization for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Providence Holy Family Hospital, two rural hospitals in Stevens County and a number of outpatient health care services. Wilson, who has been an executive within Providence's Spokane hospitals for 31 years, will remain involved in an advisory role throughout 2013.
  • Sonia Mehta, M.D., became CEO of Loretto Hospital in Chicago in November. She was president and CEO of the Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois/Wisconsin Medical Group.
  • Ron Galonsky became chief operations and integration officer for St. Joseph Health System's Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif., in November. This new role will combine the traditional role of a chief operating officer with a new dimension of integration as Mission Hospital looks to more effectively connect with services throughout the community, in addition to physician partners and St. Joseph Health's other Southern California hospitals. Galonsky was COO and senior vice president of O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, a ministry of the Daughters of Charity Health System.
  • Michael Ricks became president of Dignity Health's Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Calif., in October. Ricks was chief operating officer at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton since 2008. Dignity Health operates a number of hospitals in the Sacramento, Calif., area.
  • Randy Combs became executive vice president of strategic growth for Mercy, St. Louis, in November. Combs is Mercy's chief financial officer and will continue in that capacity. He has been with Mercy for more than 25 years, beginning as controller of Mercy's St. Louis region. Gilbert Hoffman became vice president and chief information officer of Mercy, Chesterfield, Mo., on Nov. 1. Hoffman had been with Maritz, an IT company, since 1973.
  • Callie Andrews became chief operating officer of Eastside Medical Center, Snellville, Ga., on Oct. 1. Andrews was associate COO at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga.
  • Donita Fleming became vice president for professional and support services of MedStar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center in October. Fleming was vice president of operations with Mission Health System in Asheville, N.C.
  • Shealynn Buck, M.D., became executive director for corporate health and wellness at DeKalb Medical, Decatur, Ga., in November. She owned Prescription to Thrive LLC.
  • Christy Green became vice president and corporate secretary for LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn. Green had been vice president and assistant corporate secretary at LifePoint since 2011.
  • Barry R. Meisenberg, M.D. became chair for quality improvement and health care systems research for Anne Arundel Health System, Annapolis, Md., in October. Meisenberg was the medical director of the AAMC Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute since 2008.
  • Heather Raines became executive director of strategy and business development for the SSM Heart Institute in November. Raines was the executive director for strategy and business development for SSM DePaul Health Center. SSM Heart Institute is a service of SSM Health CareSt. Louis.

Mergers, Affiliations

  • The University Medical Center and the University of Louisville entered into a partnership that brings together University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center with KentuckyOne Health. UMC will continue to operate University Hospital's Center for Women and Infants. The partnership will be structured as a joint operating agreement between UMC and KentuckyOne in which KentuckyOne will oversee most of the day-to-day operations. UMC will retain ownership of its assets.
  • Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., and Trinity Health, Novi, Mich., signed a non-binding letter of intent to create a unified national health system. The boards also announced that Joseph R. Swedish, president and CEO of Trinity Health, would become president and CEO of the anticipated new organization, and that Judith M. Persichilli, president and CEO of CHE, would become executive vice president. The new system would have annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. A definitive agreement is anticipated in spring 2013.
  • Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, Mich., and Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, signed a letter of intent to combine into a new $6.4 billion organization. It will include 10 hospitals and 200 other patient care sites. A definitive agreement for the nonprofit organization is expected in the first half of 2013.