Appointments

• George Protos, head of human resources at Healdsburg (Calif.) District Hospital, will serve as interim CEO until the board selects a permanent CEO, which is expected to occur within the next several weeks.

Katherine Keene and Bina Eggensperger will serve as chair and chair-elect, respectively, for the American Hospital Association's 2013 Committee on Governance. Keene, who joined the COG in 2009, is a trustee at Salem (Ore.) Hospital. Eggensperger is a trustee at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont.

David J. Shulkin, M.D., president of Morristown Medical Center and vice president of Atlantic Health System, became chairman of the board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals in January.

Erin Sydnor became executive director of strategy and business development for SSM Health CareSt. Louis's SSM Neurosciences Institute in December. Sydnor was the clinical director for the SSM Neurosciences Institute at DePaul Health Center.

Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO of Children's Medical Center Dallas, became chair of the Children's Hospital Association board of trustees on Jan. 1.

• The University of Iowa Health Alliance named Dan Kueter as executive director. He was president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare for Iowa and Central Illinois. The alliance was formed in June 2012 by Mercy Health Network, Genesis Health System, Mercy Medical CenterCedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care. It includes 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics.

Awards

• James Turnbull, chief information officer at the University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City, will receive the 2012 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and HIMSS, at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans on March 5. The award recognizes health care IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. Turnbull's career in the health care industry spans more than 37 years, split between the Canadian and American health systems. His accomplishments include the deployment of electronic health records and installation of CPOE at three different health systems with three different vendor products. Prior to joining UUHC in 2008, he was senior vice president and CIO at the Children's Hospital in Denver from 2000 to 2007, and senior vice president and CIO at Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital from 1993 to 2000.

Affiliations

• The Regional Health Network of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, a joint venture of Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals, finalized the acquisition of Scott Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Scott County, Ind. The Norton Healthcare and LifePoint joint venture will invest $3 million in the hospital over the next five years and collaborate with Scott Memorial to strengthen the services it offers, invest in new technology, recruit physicians and ensure the continuum of care for patients through specialized health care services provided by Norton Healthcare.

West Tennessee Healthcare and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in January announced an affiliation agreement that allows them to create joint centers of excellences, educational programs and clinical research collaborations. The agreement does not change ownership or management of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital or any of West Tennessee Healthcare's affiliates.

Projects

• University of Maryland Medical System will break ground this year on a hospital that will replace the system's 100-year-old Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. The 362,000-square-foot Shore Regional Medical Center will have 126 private patient rooms. In addition to inpatient and rehabilitation beds, it will feature a 32-room emergency department, imaging and operating suites. An ambulatory pavilion will adjoin the hospital. HKS Inc. designed the medical center, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, will build a four-floor, 135,000-square-foot pediatric critical care tower, in addition to a 30,000-square-foot medical office building, to house the Center for the Urban Child, a community-based initiative designed to provide high-quality, efficient, cost-effective care to urban children. This $110 million project expansion will allow the hospital to accommodate up to 50 percent more patients. Torcon has been selected to provide pre-construction and construction management services for the project.

• Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.) will break ground in March on $28 million, 63,000-square-foot Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield, a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corp. It will have 60 beds.

Saint Louis University Hospital opened the region's first comprehensive outpatient bone marrow transplant center in December. The $1.8 million, 9,900-square-foot Center for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, located within the Saint Louis University Cancer Center on the main hospital's campus, will allow some cancer patients the ability to return home during treatment rather than face a lengthy inpatient hospital stay. McGrath & Associates was the general contractor and Fox Architects designed the facility.