Among the hospital field CEOs taking new jobs in recent weeks are David Entwistle, who was named president and CEO at Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, Calif.; Aurelio M. Fernandez III, who became president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Fla.; and Arthur Mathisen, who was named president and CEO of Copley Health Systems, Morrisville, Vt..

Entwistle joins Stanford as it works to open a new hospital in 2018. He had been CEO for the past nine years at the University of Utah hospital system. Chief Financial Officer Gordon Crabtree will be the interim CEO of the Utah system.

Fernandez has been with the Memorial Healthcare System for the past nine years, first as CEO of Memorial Hospital Miramar, then as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the system.

Mathisen, who was COO at Copley Hospital, succeeds Melvyn Patashnick, who will retire in July after 30 years in health care administration, the last 10 leading Copley Hospital.

Other recent job changes in the C-suite:

• The Houston County Health Care Authority appointed Richard O. Sutton system CEO of Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan and president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine as of May 16. In this role, Sutton has executive oversight for Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation and Medical Center Barbour. Sutton was CEO for three Banner Health Northern Colorado Hospitals — North Colorado Medical Center, McKee Medical Center and Banner Fort Collins Medical Center.

Ronnie Dean was appointed CEO of Troy (Ala.) Regional Hospital. He had been an executive with Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan for 33 years, most recently as vice president of operations.

• Adventist Health System named Ken Mattison CEO of Florida Hospital New Smyrna. He had been CEO of Florida Hospital Flagler, and has been succeeded there by Ronald Jimenez, M.D. Jimenez was chief medical officer of Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

John Gardner will become chief executive of the Telluride (Colo.) Medical Center on June 6. He will succeed Gordon Reichard, who announced his retirement after nine years at the helm. Gardner was CEO of the Yuma (Colo.) District Hospital and Clinic.

Andrei Soran became COO and president of Verity Health System on April 18. He was COO and executive vice president of Detroit Medical Center. The system also named Frank J. Cracolici, R.N., president and CEO of St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles and Kim Pardini-Kiely, R.N., COO/chief nurse executive of Seton Medical Center, Daly City, Calif. Cracolici spent 19 years with the Mount Sinai Health Care System/Continuum Health Partners Inc. in New York City. Pardini-Kiely was vice president of Stanford Health Care and the Risk Authority at Stanford University Medical Network in California.

Peter D. Banko became president and COO of Centura Health in Englewood, Colo., on May 1. He was senior vice president, group executive officer and chief integration officer of Catholic Health Initiatives.

Mark D. Sparta will become executive vice president and COO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, where he also continues as executive vice president and chief population health officer. Sharad Sahu, M.D., was appointed vice president of clinical integration at HackensackUMC. Sahu has been part of the organization since 2004. He was director of physician affairs, chairman of the medical executive committee, chief of the division of general internal medicine, chair of the clinical integration committee and the physician lead for the CityMD/HackensackUMC partnership.

• Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance named Teresa Royer chief nursing officer. She was CNO of Reliant Medical Group, an accountable care organization. Royer holds a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s in nursing.

James J. Kelly Jr. was named senior vice president and CFO of UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Fla. He had been interim senior vice president and CFO since January. He originally came to UF Health Shands in 2012 as vice president for finance.

• LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tenn., appointed Shannon Fiser CFO of its Western Group of facilities. It also added a second CFO position to its Eastern Group, naming Conrad Deese to that position. Fiser was senior vice president of finance for Ardent Health in Nashville, Tenn. Deese recently served as vice president of finance for the Eastern Group.

Jim Kelley became system CFO of Chicago-based Presence Health on May 2. He was vice president of finance at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital, Advocate’s flagship hospitals.


Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, and Centegra Health System, Crystal Lake, Ill., will enter into discussions over the next several months to define a possible affiliation. Centegra Health System includes hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Ill., and Centegra Hospital–Huntley, which will open in August.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe, La., and Ochsner Health System in New Orleans will form a long-term, strategic partnership focused on increasing local access to specialty care as part of the Ochsner Health Network. Under the agreement, each organization will retain its identity and operational oversight.

Eastern Niagara (N.Y.) Health System and Kaleida Health, Buffalo, N.Y., entered into an affiliation agreement. According to a press release, the affiliation will allow Eastern Niagara opportunities in telemedicine, joint physician recruitment, clinical education, information technology enhancement and supply chain.

North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Mont., and Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare System finalized an agreement and governance bylaws to create a formal affiliation of the two entities. North Valley Hospital will become an affiliate by joining two hospitals, Kalispell Regional Medical Center and The HealthCenter, under the umbrella of Kalispell Regional Healthcare System, integrating the organizations both clinically and financially.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Schuylkill Health System, Pottsville, Pa., and Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa., signed a definitive agreement to merge. The organizations have worked together to care for patients suffering from burns and stroke through the use of telemedicine and other patients who require a higher level of specialized care. LVHN plans to invest in building the medical staff at SHS and implement an electronic health record that integrates with the LVHN network. Schuylkill Health was established in August 2008 when the former Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic merged. Lehigh Valley Health Network includes five hospital campuses — three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, Pa., and one in Hazleton, Pa. The transaction is subject to regulatory review and is expected to be complete by the end of this year.  

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and Allegiance Health, Jackson, Mich., completed regulatory approvals and finalized a definitive agreement that brings Allegiance into Henry Ford. Allegiance Health, a 475-bed health system, will be called Henry Ford Allegiance Health. The partnership will invest $300 million in the Jackson community and surrounding areas over the next five years, a portion of which will be raised through Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s foundation. The investment will be used for new facilities, information technology and other new programs and services.

Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, and UCare in Minnesota signed a letter of intent to combine their provider and payer expertise. The organizations aim to finalize details of the transaction and secure regulatory approvals by mid-summer. Upon execution of an agreement, UCare will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairview, and Jim Eppel will remain as UCare president and CEO. PreferredOne, which came under Fairview’s sole ownership in January, and UCare will form Fairview’s health plan division. UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health coverage and services to Minnesotans across the state.


Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, a rehabilitation hospital and specialized health care service provider in Pomona, Calif., opened a new 38,220-square-foot medical-surgical wing on April 1 that will accommodate an additional 2,300 patients annually and employ an additional 160 staff members.