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Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Ordinarily, the names of hospital CEOs grace the society pages of their local newspapers--not the police blotter. Seldom are these community titans the subject of investigations by state attorneys general into questionable workplace conduct.

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  September 7, 2010

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AG Raps BIDMC Execs, Board for Levy's Lapses
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has chastised the executive leadership and the board of directors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for years of inaction before addressing CEO Paul Levy's inappropriate personal relationship with an employee. Investigators determined that while no laws had been broken, the reputation of the prestigious Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital had suffered a blow. The 11-page report issued by the AG's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division was requested by the BIDMC board, and focused on whether charitable funds were used inappropriately as a result of Levy's indiscretions, and whether the board acted appropriately in its handing of the matter. [Read More]
Labor Board Restores Cambridge Hospital Nurse Benefits
Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Dennis D. Keefe says the nonprofit health system is reviewing legal options in the wake of a state labor board ruling that struck down CHA's unilateral cuts to health benefits for retired nurses at Cambridge Hospital. Massachusetts' Commonwealth Employment Relations Board ruled that CHA violated state labor laws and failed to demonstrate sufficient financial need when it declared an impasse in negotiations and cut health benefits for retired nurses by 40%. The unilaterally imposed cuts raised retirees' share of health insurance to 50%, up from 10%. MNA called the ruling "a complete victory" for nurses at Cambridge Hospital, saying CERB "flatly rejected the hospital's claim that it was eligible for an exception in this particular case, due to 'externally imposed' and 'economic' circumstances beyond their control."[Read More]
Executives on the Move
PHILADEPHIA: CIGNA names Thomas A. McCarthy acting CFO
Thomas A. McCarthy, currently CIGNA's Corp.'s vice president and treasurer, has been named acting CFO, effective immediately. McCarthy replaces Annmarie T. Hagan who left her position as executive vice president/CFO on Sept.1.[Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Area hospitals get new leadership
Two longtime Philadelphia-area hospital managers are headed for new jobs as both Aria Health and Pennsylvania Hospital announced changes in top leadership. Kathleen Kinslow, a nurse anesthetist, who is executive director of Pennsylvania Hospital, will become president and chief executive officer of Aria Health in November. Kinslow succeeds Roy Powell, 56, who has run the 484-bed system since 1996. Meanwhile, Penn Medicine announced that Kinslow would be replaced Nov. 1 by R. Michael Buckley, MD, chair of internal medicine and CMO of Pennsylvania Hospital. [Read More]

CLEARWATER, FL: BayCare Health System names CIO
BayCare Health System, the largest community-based health care system in the Tampa Bay area, appointed Tim Thompson as CIO, effective Sept. 7. Thompson joins BayCare from the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, where he also served as CIO and senior vice president.[Read More]

TEMPLE, TX: Scott & White CEO to retire in 2011
Scott & White Healthcare President and CEO Alfred B. Knight, MD, announced that he will retire in 2011. Knight, who in 2000 became the first president/CEO for the merged hospital and clinic system now known as Scott & White Healthcare, will assume the role of president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation when he retires. Knight will be succeeded by COO/CMO Robert W. Pryor, MD. The two physicians will work together through a year long transition process.[Read More]

NEEDLES, AZ: Uffer named CEO at Colorado River Medical Center
In a 3-2 vote, the Board of Hospital Trustees of the city of Needles approved hiring Mark Uffer as the new chief executive officer for Colorado River Medical Center. The board of trustees held a series of executive sessions beginning Aug. 23 in response to David Selman's resignation, submitted in early August. Selman was hired initially through The Camden Group, which was the interim management group for the hospital. He was offered his own contract April 27. Uffer's first day is still being determined.[Read More]

HARTFORD: Keck to lead Aetna's middle markets
Aetna has appointed Kim A. Keck, 46, to head Aetna's Middle Markets business. Keck, who has led the Investor Relations and Treasurer's organizations since 2009, will remain in her current position until a replacement is named. Keck has been with Aetna since 1988. [Read More]

PHILADELPHIA: Independence Blue Cross CEO Frick to retire
Joseph A. Frick, will retire effective Dec. 15 after serving nearly six years as president/CEO of Independence Blue Cross and 18 years with IBC. Frick will maintain a leadership role with IBC, serving as a vice chair of its board of directors and leading a newly created board committee that will focus on strategic partnerships and initiatives. Daniel J. Hilferty was named to succeed Frick as president/CEO, also effective Dec. 15. Hilferty has served as executive vice president and president of IBC's Health Markets since Jan. 1.[Read More]

STANFORD, CA: Peterson named interim CEO at SHC
The Stanford Hospital and Clinics board of directors named Mike Peterson to serve as the hospital's interim CEO effective Sept. 1, when Martha Marsh retired. The board also announced it is in the final stages of selecting a permanent CEO to replace Marsh. Peterson, who served in a similar interim CEO capacity in 2001 following the breakup of the UCSF-Stanford merger and the arrival of Marsh, has led the new Stanford Hospital Project as SHC Vice President for Special Projects. Peterson served as SHC's COO from 2002-2008, working closely with the CEO, before the COO position was occupied with the arrival of Daniel Ginsburg.[Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Top AHIP lobbyist Dowell departs
Healthcare lobbyist Jill Dowell has left her job as the vice president of federal affairs at America's Health Insurance Plans, an AHIP spokeswoman confirmed to The Hill. Dowell joined the organization in 2001, and she played an influential role in last year's healthcare negotiations. Before joining AHIP, Dowell represented Motorola and Diageo on Capitol Hill. From 1993-96 she served on the legislative staff of former Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer(R-TX).[Read More]

ATLANTA: Kendrick named president at BCBSGA
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc., and Greater Georgia Life Company announced that Morgan Kendrick has been named president, effective Oct. 1. Kendrick replaces Monye Connolly, who announced her resignation earlier this year in order to devote more time to her family and pursue other personal interests. Kendrick joined BCBSGA in 1995 as director of group sales and has assumed various critical roles within the plans' parent company, currently serving as vice president of national accounts sales?a role he has held for almost four years.[Read More]

CHESAPEAKE, VA: Dixon named CEO at Chesapeake Regional MC
Wynn Dixon has been named Chesapeake Regional Medical Center's CEO by the Chesapeake Hospital Authority. Dixon has served as interim CEO and COO since January. Authority members named him to the permanent position at their August meeting. Dixon is the third CEO to serve the organization, founded in 1976.[Read More]

FALLS CHURCH, VA: Christiansen named COO at Inova Fairfax
Patrick Christiansen, senior vice president, Inova Health System, has been named COO of Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus. He began his new duties August 18. Christiansen joined Inova Fairfax Hospital in 2007 as administrator of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. He was named senior vice president, Inova Health System, in 2009. [Read More]

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