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Physician Recruiting a Lesser Priority Among Hospital Execs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The 2011 HealthLeaders Media 2011 Industry Survey found that over the past year, recruiting and retaining physicians dropped from the No. 2 "top priority" to No. 7. What's going on here?[Read More]

  February 21, 2011

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Larry Sanders, chairman/CEO of Columbus Regional Healthcare System has announced his plan to retire, effective Sept. 30. Sanders will have been associated with The Medical Center and Columbus Regional for 30 years. During his tenure, Columbus Regional Healthcare System was formed from The Medical Center, a single facility with annual revenue of $50 million, and grew to become the multi-hospital integrated health delivery system with annual revenue of more than $1 billion that it is today. [Read More]

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Ross named president/CEO of Meritus Health
Joseph P. Ross has been named the new president/CEO of Meritus Health and all of its business components, including Meritus Medical Center. He will succeed James P. Hamill, who plans to retire this year. Ross has nearly 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including most recently as president/CEO of Shore Health System of Maryland in Easton.[Read More]

PITTSBURG, KS: Mt. Carmel Foundation gets new exec.
The Mount Carmel Foundation has a new executive director. Foundation President Jim Belew said that Duane Dreiling has been named as the Foundation's executive director. Dreiling is joining the Mount Carmel Foundation during an important period, Belew said. The Foundation has made a commitment to raise more than $1 million to help fund Via Christi Hospital's Women's Services project, and Dreiling, who has extensive experience as a fundraiser, will play a key role in realizing that goal. [Read More]

SPRINGFIELD, IL: Hospital Sisters names new permanent CEO
A regional president of a Catholic hospital system in Wisconsin has been hired as the new CEO of the Springfield-based health system that operates St. John's Hospital. Mary Starmann-Harrison, RN, will start work in April, according to a news release from Hospital Sisters Health System. Starmann-Harrison is regional president/CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, which operates St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, St. Clare Hospital & Health Services in Baraboo and other healthcare facilities in south-central Wisconsin. Starmann-Harrison replaces Stephanie McCutcheon, who abruptly left her job in June. Neither she nor HSHS officials would say whether McCutcheon resigned or was fired. Larry Schumacher will continue to serve as interim HSHS president/CEO until Starmann-Harrison arrives. Schumacher then will resume his role as COO.[Read More]

NEW MILFORD, CT: New Milford Hospital names executive director
Deborah Weymouth, a senior health care executive from New York, has been tapped by New Milford (CT) Hospital's new senior vice president of operations and executive director. Weymouth replaces Richard Henley, who recently stepped down from his position as interim CEO of New Milford Hospital. Henley helped oversee the hospitals recent affiliation with Danbury Hospital, which has led to the creation of the new Western Connecticut Healthcare system. Weymouth comes from Thompson Health in Canandaigua, NY, a 400-bed, six-member non-profit corporation, where she served in various senior positions since 1995. [Read More]

NEWPORT NEWS, VA: New president takes over Riverside
William B. Downey takes the reins at Riverside Health System at a time when the system is growing and building, the uncertainty of healthcare reform looms, and more people than ever before will seek health care. A Riverside executive vice president since 2001 and its COO since 2003, Downey replaces retiring president Richard J. Pearce on March 1. Pearce will stay on as CEO until the end of the year, when Downey will assume that title as well. [Read More]

GREENSBURG, IN: Decatur County Memorial Hospital names CEO
New executive leadership will soon guide Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Linda V. Simmons has been named CEO of the hospital, a position that will open with the retirement of current CEO, William Alloy. Alloy had made his retirement announcement in the fall of last year. Simmons has most recently served as the Interim CEO at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, WY.[Read More]

NORTH BAY, CA: Cohill named interim CEO at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Sutter Health Senior Vice President Mike Cohill has been named interim CEO of the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, a 250-plus network of physicians. Cohill will continue his role as senior vice president of all of Sutter Health, where he is responsible for supply chain services, Sutter's operating system, Sutter VNA & Hospice and oversight of Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, CA. [Read More]

ALAMOSA, CO: Valley-Wide Health System has new CEO
Valley-Wide Health Systems announced its selection of Jeanne "Gigi" Darricades as new president/CEO. Darricades fills the vacancy left by long-time President/CEO Marguerite Salazar who after 21 years at the helm of Valley-Wide was appointed to serve as the Health and Human Services Regional Director. Since then Ricardo Velasquez, MD, has served in the capacity of interim CEO. Darricades, an Alamosa resident, will carry on the leadership of one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the nation.[Read More]

TRENTON, GA: Hutcheson Medical Center top execs resign
The Hutcheson Medical Center board received the resignation of CEO Charles Stewart and that of the hospital's vice president of operations/interim CFO Gerald Faircloth. Hutcheson Medical Center Board of Directors Chairwoman Martha Attaway said both resignations are effective immediately. "I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with the Hutcheson Medical Center Board of Directors and the support they have shown me during my tenure," Stewart said in a news release. "I feel the organization is facing a time where new leadership is needed." The county is seeking a joint operating agreement to insure Hutcheson remains in operation. The 300-bed hospital that serves Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties has lost money in four of the last five years and in recent months has averaged just 30 to 40 patients a day.[Read More]

Cincinnati: Vaillancourt named CIO at The Christ Hospital
Alex Vaillancourt has been named chief information officer at The Christ Hospital. Vaillancourt will be responsible for all aspects of the hospital's information technology planning and operation. He has nearly 20 years of IT experience, including 13 years within the healthcare industry. He previously served as director of solutions architecture in the information solutions and technology department. Prior to joining the hospital in 2008, he served as director of information technology at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, OH.[Read More]

NASHVILLE: Story named CHRO at Saint Thomas Health Services
Saint Thomas Health Services has hired the former commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources as its CHRO. Deborah Story brings more than 25 years of HR experience to the role, where she'll lead human resources for the nonprofit health system's five-hospital network. As part of former Gov. Phil Bredesen's cabinet and the state's HR leader, Story oversaw human resources functions for 43,000 executive branch employees. Before her appointment to state government, Story was president of Brentwood-based executive search and HR consulting firm ESS Group Inc.[Read More]

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