The naming of a new CEO at the Washington State Hospital Association was the latest leadership change announced at state and regional associations in recent weeks.

cassie-sauer-washington-hospital-associtaion-CEOCassie Sauer, (pictured) currently executive vice president at the Washington association, is scheduled to take the CEO slot in January, replacing Scott Bond, who will retire at the end of the year. Sauer has worked for the hospital association for 16 years, leading policy, advocacy, and communications.

Previously, Jeffrey Tieman was named president and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. He was chief of staff for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Former Vermont Association President and CEO Bea Grause became president of the Healthcare Association of New York State in June.

And Indiana Hospital Association President Doug Leonard has set his retirement for next June. President since 2007, Leonard has strengthened IHA’s Indiana Patient Safety Center and launched several patient safety campaigns. “Doug has been an effective leader for Indiana hospitals through tremendous change,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Whether guiding the field during health care reform or spearheading major initiatives to improve quality and transparency, he has focused on what’s important — what’s best for the patients and communities that hospitals serve.”

Jim Barber, president and CEO of the Hospital Association of Southern California, also announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. "Jim has provided inspired leadership and vision to our association for 27 years, 23 years as president," stated Richard Afable, M.D., 2016 chairman of the association.  "Many of us can't remember HASC without him.

In other job related news

Michael Williams, president and CEO of Community Hospital Corp., Plano, Texas, announced his plans to retire in June 2017. He is the founding CEO of CHC, and has led the organization for 20 years. Williams is vice chair of the board of managers of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. He has done mission work in Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Paraguay and Peru, and has participated on the board of directors of the BFC Medical Ministries–Kitale, Kenya. Williams became founding CEO of CHC soon after the organization was formed in 1996 with 13 Texas nonprofit and community-owned health care systems.

Deborah Davis will become CEO of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Hospitals and Clinics and vice president for clinical affairs at VCU, Richmond, on Oct. 1. Davis will succeed John Duval, who announced his plans to retire. Davis joined VCU Health nine years ago as chief operating officer.

Darcy Burthay, R.N., became president and CEO of Providence Health System, Washington, D.C., in July. Since 2014, she had been managing director, home care services for Ascension Health, the health care delivery subsidiary of Ascension. Providence Health System is part of Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit and Catholic health system.

• HCA, Nashville, Tenn., appointed Tim McManus president of the Capital Division, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Rob Carrel, who recently announced his retirement after a nearly 25-year career with HCA. McManus will have responsibility for 18 hospital campuses in Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Indiana. McManus joined HCA in 2007 as CEO of HCA’s Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Miss. Previously, he was COO of hospitals in California, Alabama and Mississippi.

Chris Mowan was named president and CEO of HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital. Mowan was CEO of MountainView Hospital, Las Vegas.

Israel Rocha Jr. was appointed CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in Queens, N.Y. Rocha was the CEO of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

Larry Tracy was named president of Beacon Health System’s Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind. Tracy was president and COO of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in Missouri.

• Adventist Health System’s Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach, appointed Kris D. Gray, M.D., chief medical officer. Gray succeeds Ronald Jimenez, M.D., who became CEO of Florida Hospital Flagler in April. Gray has 23 years of experience with Adventist Health System, most recently as CMO at Florida Hospital DeLand.

• Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center named Frances Spreer Albert chief financial officer and executive vice president. A certified public accountant, she joined Albany Medical Center in 2000 as vice president of finance. Previously, she worked at the accounting firm KPMG. Spreer Albert succeeds William Hasselbarth, who retired as CFO after 26 years at Albany Medical Center.

Daniel P. Jantzen executive vice president of operations and COO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, Lebanon, N.H., was appointed chief financial officer of the health system. He is a 26-year veteran of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who spent 17 years as the leader of the finance department and three years as CFO. He replaces Robin Kilfeather-Mackay, who left to pursue a degree in environmental sciences.