Jesús Garza this month announced his intention to retire from Ascension effective Aug. 1, 2017. Garza's titles are senior vice president, Ascension Healthcare, Texas Ministry Market Executive for Ascension, and president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in Austin.

In January, Patricia A. Maryland, president of health care operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Healthcare since 2013, was named executive vice president of Ascension and president and CEO of Ascension Healthcare effective July 1.

Maryland replaces Robert J. Henkel, who will retire on June 30, but will have the opportunity to continue working through a new Ascension subsidiary, Consulting Network LLC, which gives retired senior leaders from the national health ministry the opportunity to continue to work the Catholic health ministry in various capacities, according to Ascension.

In 2004, Henkel had assumed operational responsibility for all of Ascension Health, as president of health care operations and COO. In 2012, when the national health ministry created Ascension as the parent organization over Ascension Health and its other subsidiaries, Henkel became president and CEO of Ascension Health, now known as the Healthcare Division of Ascension.

Meanwhile, The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, president of DePaul University in Chicago since 2004, will join Ascension on July 1 as executive vice president and COO, with oversight responsibility for the solutions division subsidiaries of Ascension Information Services and the Ascension Ministry Service Center, as well as national strategy and advocacy functions. Holtschneider will step down as chair of the Ascension board. Ascension’s health care division has 141 hospitals and 2,500 sites of care in 24 states and Washington, D.C.

Other job changes

  • Rebecca Segal became CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System, Rutherfordton, N.C., a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility, on Jan. 16. She was COO of LifePoint Health’s Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky.
  • Thomas H. Ozburn started work as CEO of HCA’s five-hospital Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Feb. 1. He was CEO of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, an HCA facility in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Mitch Wasden will become CEO and executive vice president of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, on March 1. He was CEO of University of Missouri (Columbia) Health Care. Wasden replaces Timothy Goldfarb, who was interim CEO.
  • Kathleen L. Rhine became president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health in State College, Pa., on Jan. 30. She was regional president and CEO with Presence Health in Chicago.
  • Presence Health appointed Yolande Wilson, R.N., president of Presence Holy Family Medical Center. She had been regional COO at PHFMC since June 2015.
  • Joseph Perras, M.D., became CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health affliate Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Windsor, Vt., on Jan. 11. He joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital in 2013 and became CMO in February 2015, a role he will continue.
  • Chad Melton was named CEO of Fauquier Health, Warrenton, Va., effective Feb. 13. He succeeds Rodger Baker, who plans to retire later this year. Melton was CEO of Wythe County Community Hospital, a LifePoint facility in Wytheville, Va.
  • Tim Jarm became president and CEO of the Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare in Cleveland on Jan. 30. Jarm, who has more than 30 years of health care experience, succeeds Bill Ryan, who announced his plans to retire in April.
  • Michael Wall became president and CEO of Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Calif., in January. He was executive director of Head & Neck Associates of Orange County, Calif. Previously, he was acting president and CEO of St. John’s Health Center/John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Community Hospital Corp. appointed Tom Harlan CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 19. The facility is one of 11 long-term, acute care hospitals owned by CHC within its CHC ContinueCARE division. Harlan was CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.
  • Success Healthcare named Michael Choo CEO of Silver Lake Medical Center, with locations in Los Angeles and Rosemead, Calif., on Jan. 9. Choo was corporate regional administrator consultant for Oglethorpe Inc. where he managed hospital turnarounds and acquisitions. He has more than 35 years of health care experience, including as president and CEO of Pacific Health Corp. and senior corporate executive of Prospect Medical Holdings.
  • Michael Ugwueke was named executive vice president and COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn. He was senior vice president of Methodist North and South Hospitals.  
  • Eric Benink, M.D., was appointed chief medical officer of Medical City Arlington (Texas). He had been CMO of Regional One Health, Memphis, Tenn., since 2014.

  • Bruce McNulty, M.D., was named vice president and CMO of Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago. He also will be responsible for medical education and medical informatics. He joined the hospital in 2001 after serving as chairman of the emergency department at Ravenswood Hospital and medical director of the Neurologic & Orthopedic Institute of Chicago.
  • J. Phil Harrop was named interim president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Baker City, Ore. Harrop was executive director of operations for Saint Alphonsus facilities in Nampa, Idaho.
  • Kevin Joseph, M.D., assumed the new position of system chief quality officer for TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Jan. 16. He will have a dual reporting relationship to the COO and CMO. Joseph was senior vice president of inpatient services for UC Health, Cincinnati.
  • R. Scott Latimer was appointed vice president of financial planning and strategic transactions for Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. He joins Einstein after 34 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Chicago-based consulting firm, where he worked with health care organizations.
  • Jonathan Archey was named vice president of public relations and government affairs for Lake Health, Concord Township, Ohio. He was director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association.
  • UC Health named Tom Daskalakis chief administrative officer and vice president at West Chester (Ohio) Hospital, which he held on an interim basis since the positions were created in December 2015. Daskalakis joined UC Health in 2011 as vice president and chief operating officer of West Chester Hospital. Previously, he held leadership positions with Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and Garden City (Mich.) Hospital.
  • Tracey L. Crandall became vice president and chief human resource officer of Methodist Hospitals on Jan. 3. Crandall was vice president of human resources for Inova Health Systems in Falls Church, Va. Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, nonprofit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Ind.  
  • Tim Nuding became senior vice president of member relations for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association on Jan. 17. For the past two years, Nuding had been director of the Governor’s Office of Management & Budget.
  • Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., was named president and CEO of the National Quality Forum in January. Agrawal is a former deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Program Integrity and succeeds Helen Darling, who became NQF interim president when CEO since Christine Cassel left the positioin to join the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Retirements

  • C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems and California Hospital Association, will remain in his current position until a successor is named and then will serve as a consultant for the association until he retires on Dec. 31, 2018. Dauner has been president and CEO since 1985. He was CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association from 1975 to 1985, and was with the Kansas Hospital Association from 1965 to 1975. Throughout his tenure at CHA, Dauner has been a leading advocate for state and federal public policies that improve access to high-quality, medically necessary, affordable health care for all Californians. In 1994, Dauner co-authored the book The Health Care Solution: Understanding the Crisis and the Cure, which presented visionary ideas for expanding health care coverage and aligning financial incentives in the health care delivery system.
  • Medical City Arlington (Texas) CEO Winston Borland will retire on March 31 after a 34-year career with HCA. Borland also was CEO of Medical City Arlington since January 2010. Prior to joining Medical City Arlington, he was COO of Medical Center Plano (Texas); CEO at HCA Northwest Regional Hospital, an 89-bed hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas; and vice president/group chief financial officer for Epic Healthcare in Dallas, covering 18 hospitals with revenues of $1.2 billion. Under his leadership, Medical City Arlington has seen significant growth over the past seven years, including development of Medical City ER Grand Prairie, the addition of 24 intensive care unit beds, a 16-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and expanded program development. Medical City Arlington is pursuing Level II trauma status and undergoing a five-story, $60 million expansion to the existing women’s tower, which will become Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital. Ben Cogan will lead the facility in the interim.

Acquisitions/Transactions

  • Quorum Health Corp., Brentwood, Tenn., closed the transaction for the divestiture of Barrow Regional Medical Center in Winder, Ga., and its associated assets to Northeast Georgia Health System. The transfer became effective Dec. 31.
  • Pocono Health System became a part of Lehigh Valley Health Network on Jan. 1 and Pocono Medical Center was renamed Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. Jeff Snyder, PHS’ president and CEO, resigned effective Dec. 31 but continued to provide consulting services through the end of January. Elizabeth Wise, COO and CNO of PHS, became acting president of the hospital on Jan. 1.
  • The board of trustees of Hallmark Health, the parent company of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford (Mass), voted unanimously to finalize the affiliation agreement with Wellforce, the parent company of Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health. The affiliation took effect Jan. 1.
  • Ownership of Takoma Regional Hospital, Greenville, Tenn., was transferred in January from Adventist Health System to Wellmont Health System. The 100-bed facility became Wellmont Health System’s seventh hospital and its fifth in Tennessee. Takoma Medical Associates, the hospital’s umbrella organization for integrated physicians, joined Wellmont.
  • Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finalized an affiliation. The agreement, which has been in development for more than a year, was approved by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Name Change

  • Michigan Medicine is the new name of the University of Michigan’s academic medical center, a change that leaders say better reflects the organization’s three-part mission of patient care, education and research. The new name also reflects recent organizational changes, including the appointment of Marschall S. Runge, M.D., as a single leader for both the U-M Medical School and Medical Affairs for the University of Michigan. The new name replaces the University of Michigan Health System. The U-M Medical School name will not change, but the school is a part of Michigan Medicine.