Appointments

Janice Drum, R.N., was promoted to senior director of emergency care at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland. Drum joined AAMC in 2007 as the clinical director of the Emergency Department.

•LifePoint Hospitals announced the following promotions at its Hospital Support Center in Brentwood, Tenn. Mike Caplenor were promoted from director to senior director of IT&S service management and security. Caplenor was manager, enterprise risk assurance for Deloitte. Sam Hutcheson was promoted from director to senior director of strategic growth and development. Previously, he consulted with AIM Healthcare. Kim Reynolds was promoted from senior director to vice president of marketing. Prior to joining LifePoint in 2010, she was vice president, marketing, at Ingram Book Group and director, marketing and communications, at Saint Thomas Health Services. Melissa Waddey was promoted from senior director to vice president of LifePoint's Strategic Resource Group. Prior to joining LifePoint in 2010, Waddey was chief operating officer of Summit Medical Center and the Madison Campus of HCA's Skyline Medical Center.

•Trinity Health and the Catholic Health Association installed Trinity Health President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph R. Swedish as chairperson of the CHA board of trustees for fiscal year 2012-13. Swedish has been a CHA trustee since 2006.

•Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale named Annie Green director of emergency and cardiopulmonary services. Green came to TRMC-Sunnyvale from Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro, where she was director of emergency services and critical care.

•The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities appointed Deborah Guadalupe Duran chief of the Office of Strategic Planning, Legislation and Science Policy. Prior to joining NIH, Duran was a public health analyst at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

•The Joint Commission appointed Jennifer Gust Rocchi director of business operations in the Division of Business Development, Government and External Relations at the Joint Commission and Ann Scott Blouin, R.N., to the newly created position of executive vice president of customer relations. Rocchi was the associate director for Strategic Business Unit Performance at the Joint Commission.

Affiliations

Ochsner Health System, an integrated independent academic health system, signed a contract with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. Faculty, staff and students from the King Abdulaziz University College of Medicine will be educated and trained at various Ochsner health care facilities in Louisiana. The two institutions will also be engaged in faculty exchange programs and collaborations in the areas of tele-stroke, eICU, simulation labs, research, and other mutually beneficial academic activities. Earlier this year Ochsner announced a long-term partnership with Saudi Arabia's University of Tabuk System to provide faculty, staff and students with training.

Projects

•The fundraising campaign to build the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay achieved a major milestone, surpassing the $400 million mark in philanthropic gifts. This brings the campaign more than two-thirds of the way to its $600 million goal. Construction of the hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients is well underway. The 289-bed hospital complex will open in early 2015. It will include the new 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, providing urgent and emergency care, primary care and specialty outpatient services; a women's hospital offering cancer care, specialty surgery and a 36-bed birth center; and a 70-bed adult hospital for cancer patients along with select outpatient cancer services. The Atlantic Philanthropies and its founder Charles F. Feeney made a $125 million matching gift, followed by a $100 million private donation from Lynne and Marc Benihoff.

•Community Health Network, Indianapolis, broke ground on a $23 million, 63,000-square-foot, rehabilitation hospital on the campus of Community Hospital North. A joint venture with Centerre Healthcare, Community Rehabilitation Hospital will include a 28 bed brain injury wing and a 16 -0ed stroke unit. 

•The Cooper Cancer Institute, which completes an important new gateway for the Cooper University Hospital, broke ground in May. It is part of CUH's initiative to create a regional health science campus in Camden, N.J. Architecture firm Francis Cauffman designed the building that will be completed in September 2013.

Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital, a 182-bed acute care community hospital, broke ground on a $25 million emergency department and cardiology expansion project. The emergency room will have capacity for 31 patients and cardiology space will accommodate 38 beds. KLMK Group is providing program management services. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.

El Paso (Texas) Children's Hospital recently opened with approximately 225,000 square feet of space, 122 private pediatric rooms, "pain free" playrooms, and numerous pediatric services. KMD Architects and associate architects MNK Architects of El Paso designed the hospital. Project management was provided by Jones Lang LaSalle's Houston office and the general contractor was Robins & Morton of Birmingham, Ala.

•The $53 million, 120-bed Menninger Clinic Mental Health Epicenter, a psychiatric hospital, opened in May in Houston. Just 10 minutes from the Texas Medical Center, the location will allow for greater collaboration with Menninger's academic partner, Baylor College of Medicine. The patient buildings were designed using a door system that provides maximum security and flexibility in unit size. Simply by deploying doors at different places along a patient unit corridor, that unit can expand or contract so that patient beds are utilized as efficiently as possible. Designed by Houston architecture firm Kirksey, the campus features five patient units; a wellness center with weight room, aerobics room and gymnasium; and outdoor saltwater swimming pool and sand volleyball court.