Appointments

•Oneida (N.Y.) Health Systems Inc. appointed Dewey Rowlands vice president of finance. He had been controller of the organization.

Alex Balko was named vice president of finance for South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. He had been assistant vice president of finance since 2008. Balko succeeds Mark Bogen, who was promoted to senior vice president of finance and CFO.

•Central Florida Health Alliance, which includes Leesburg Regional Medical Center and the Villages Regional Hospital, named David Pritchett vice president of human resources. He was division director of human resources at Satilla Health Services in Waycross, Ga.

•LHP Hospital Group Inc, Plano, Texas, appointed M. Shane Olivier vice president of physician practice management and Amy Osborn director of legal operations. Olivier was  vice president of physician services for the HCA Delta Division in New Orleans, La.Osborn was senior attorney at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
 
•SSM Health Care–St. Louis named Jerry Rumph vice president of diagnostic imaging and therapeutic services and Wayne Laramie, R.N., vice president of emergency services. Rumph was regional executive director for diagnostic services. Laramie was executive director of emergency services for the network's northern hospitals.

Lisa M. Chamberlin was appointed vice president of strategic marketing and business development at Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital. She was corporate marketing director at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Fla.

•The American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, Fla., announced the selection of the members and officers of the 2012-13 board of directors, including the appointment of  Lawrence Riddles, M.D. ACPE president and chairman of the board. Also selected were Mark Werner, M.D., vice president, and Lynn Helmer, M.D., secretary-treasurer. Riddles previously was vice president and secretary of the board. His one-year term as president began April 27 during the 2012 ACPE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Major Gifts

•The Junior League of Nashville, Tenn., committed $1.5 million to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to establish the Junior League Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma Program at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. The medical home model brings together physicians, nurse practitioners and nurse case managers from Children's Hospital and Meharry Medical College to provide family-centered care to the community.

•The 2012 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest presented a $1.5 million check to The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida to support the hospital's capital campaign and to purchase nine GE Giraffe beds for the neonatal intensive care unit. The beds simulate a mother's womb in sound, temperature and lighting and help continue proper development for infants born prematurely.

Mergers and Acquisitions

•Creighton University and Alegent Health, both in Omaha, Neb., will form a long-term strategic affiliation, which includes Alegent's acquisition of Creighton University Medical Center from the university and its clinical partner Tenet Healthcare. The addition will make Alegent the primary teaching sites for Creighton's health sciences schools. The transaction is tentatively expected to close by July 1, 2012, and no financial terms are being disclosed. 

•Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., and Mercy Health signed an agreement in principle that could transfer ownership of St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, Ark., to Capella. No further information was provided.

Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo, Ind., on July 1 will form an affiliation with Community Health Network, Indianapolis, pending approval by the county.

Scott Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital serving Scott County, Ind., signed a letter of intent to lease the hospital to the Regional Health Network of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, a new joint venture formed by Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals. As part of the lease, LifePoint would be the managing partner and Norton Healthcare would be the clinical partner.

Projects

•The new Coquille (Ore.) Valley Hospital is nearing completion with 51,000 square feet of service area. The replacement facility is adjacent to the current hospital. All programs will be retained and many will be expanded at the critical access hospital. Construction and design were provided by the Neenan Co., a Colorado-based design/build firm.

•Construction begun on Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, a $284 million facility that will replace the current facility built in 1938. The 182,300-square-foot facility is expected to open in October 2014. It was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers.

•A $25 million, 75,000-square-foot medical office building designed as a gateway building to the University of California, San Diego's Health Sciences and Medical Center opened its doors in April. It will include a Clinical and Translational Research Institute consisting of exam rooms, pharmacy, treatment rooms and blood draw rooms. The building was built by C.W. Driver. Gensler was the architect and Miyamoto International was the structural engineer.

•The Johns Hopkins Health System expects to open the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in late 2013 at its the Bayview Medical Office Building. EwingCole was selected to design the addition.

Openings

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in May held a dedication ceremony for the 194,850-square-foot, five-story consolidation building attached to the existing acute care hospital. It features outpatient services and 78 private psychiatric beds. Astorino, with associate architect, HDR, designed the project

Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, Ohio, completed a 220,000-square-foot, 48-bed addition in May. MVHS, part of Premier Health Partners, opened in 2007 as an outpatient and emergency facility and added a 10-bed inpatient wing in 2009. Gresham, Smith and Partners designed the five-story addition.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt opened a $30 million, 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot expansion in May. The five-story expansion created additional acute, neonatal intensive care and medical-surgical beds. A lead-lined room — one of fewer than 10 lead-lined rooms in the United States — provides a pioneering radiation therapy process for patients with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops in nerve tissue. Balfour Beatty Construction built the project.

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., is now caring for pediatric patients in the Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Family Foundation Athletics Neighborhood, a new, nine-room inpatient unit of the hospital that cares for the area's most seriously ill and injured children.

Community Health Network, Indianapolis, opened a $12 million medical pavilion in May. Community Health Pavilion Washington is a three-story facility with a variety of health services in 55,000 square feet of space. The developer is Alderson Commercial Group Inc. •