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Tending to Hospital Employees After the Joplin Tornado
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

As quickly as a monster tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, last spring, the 2,200 employees of the gutted St. John's Mercy Regional Medical Center faced the prospect of losing their jobs. That's when CEO Lynn Britton made the decision that may come to define his leadership. Britton tells HealthLeaders Media about Mercy's talent-sharing program designed to keep as many workers as possible employed through the rebuilding effort. [Read More]

  October 10, 2011

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DECATUR, GA: DeKalb Medical names Shelton CEO
DeKalb Medical Executive Vice President/COO John Shelton will rejoin the health system next month as its president/CEO. Shelton left the System last winter to accept a position at Mobile Infirmary, Alabama?s largest not-for-profit hospital. Shelton was instrumental in DeKalb Medical?s revitalization during the past several years, overseeing pivotal enterprise initiatives. "We are thrilled to have John back," says Diane Harden, CFO and interim CEO. "We look forward to continued growth with his leadership." Shelton is expected to return to DeKalb Medical in November. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Sloan retiring as Sibley Memorial CEO
Robert L. Sloan announced his plans to retire following more than 26 years as president/CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital. He will retire July 5, 2012. Sloan began his tenure in 1985 and has overseen significant change and dynamic growth at Sibley. His leadership has led to improved and expanded clinical services, technology, facilities, quality, safety, finances, and personnel. Sibley?s campus now covers 20 acres and is home to Grand Oaks, an assisted living community, the Sibley Renaissance skilled nursing facility, and a new medical building and parking garage, with a radiation oncology center now under construction and planning well under way for a new hospital. After retirement, Sloan will continue to be active as a senior advisor to the Johns Hopkins Health System and with the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation and the new Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation. [Read More]

TYLER, TX: Trinity Mother Frances announces executive appointments
The Trinity Mother Frances Health System Board of Directors announced the appointments of Steven P. Keuer, MD, as president/CMO and Gifford V. Eckhout, Jr., MD, MBA, as executive vice president/chief of anesthesia. Both physicians have served in their respective roles on an interim basis following Dr. David Teegarden's retirement in April. Dr. Keuer previously served as executive vice president. Dr. Eckhout has served for many years as a Trinity Clinic physician and in other physician advisory positions. Trinity Mother Frances also announced the appointment of Darin Szilagyi, FACHE, as senior vice president and chief marketing director. Previously, he served as assistant vice president of sales and marketing at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. [Read More]

POWELL, WY: Powell Valley Healthcare names interim CEO
Mike Lieb has been appointed as the new interim CEO at Powell Valley Healthcare by HealthTech Management Services, the hospital?s management services company. Lieb will serve as interim CEO while the board recruits a replacement for former CEO Paul Cardwell. Lieb will begin his new position on October 10. Cardwell resigned September 23, then told the Powell Valley Healthcare board on September 26 he wanted to come back. But Cardwell?s resignation already had been accepted by HealthTech. That decision stood after extensive executive sessions between the board and HealthTech officials. Lieb brings 19 years of healthcare management experience, including his recent interim positions with other hospitals in Montana and California, for which HealthTech also provides management services. Lieb also has held management positions for various hospitals in Texas. [Read More]

MOULTON, AL: Moore resigns as Lawrence Medical Center CEO
For the second time in 15 months, Lawrence Medical Center will have a different CEO. Greg Moore resigned from the position to accept a job with HealthTech Management Services. The hospital authority has selected Cary Payne of Athens, AL, as interim CEO. Payne retired in 2010 as the longtime CEO of Athens Limestone Hospital. [Read More]

TUCSON, AZ: Carondelet CEO leaving for post in DC
Carondelet Health Network President and CEO Ruth W. Brinkley is leaving the post on Oct. 16 after four years at the helm. Brinkley has accepted a role as an "executive in residence" with Carondelet's parent company, Ascension Health. Brinkley will be moving into an advocacy position in Washington, D.C., where she'll work on projects related to implementation of the new federal healthcare law. "Having a representative who is a credible voice for expressing the delivery system impact of the new law comes at an extremely important time," a Carondelet news release says. Ascension Health and the Carondelet board have appointed an Ascension senior vice president, James K. Beckmann Jr., as interim president and CEO, starting Oct. 17. [Read More]

KANSAS CITY, MO: HCA names Boatwright as CEO of Overland Park RMC
HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City's largest healthcare network, has appointed Damond Boatwright CEO of the 350-bed Overland Park Regional Medical Center, one of the busiest hospitals in the region, effective Oct. 17. A search to replace Boatwright as CEO of Lee's Summit Medical Center is under way, HCA officials said in a release. The goal is to have the new leader in place by Nov. 1. In the meantime, Lee's Summit Medical Center COO Don King will assume the additional role of interim CEO. [Read More]

STONY BROOK, NY: Hospital CEO announces resignation
Steven L. Strongwater, who served as CEO of the Stony Brook University Medical Center for almost five years, has announced he will resign effective Nov. 15. According to an email sent to the student body, Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president for the health sciences said that Fred Sganga will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. Sganga, the director of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook, served as interim CEO in 2006 before Strongwater was appointed. [Read More]

POWELL, WY: Cardwell resigns as hospital CEO, asks to come back
An interim CEO is at the helm of Powell Valley Healthcare while the organization's board seeks "more clarity" into Paul Cardwell's surprise resignation and his subsequent request to rescind that resignation. Cardwell told the Powell Valley Healthcare board that, following a lengthy absence to resolve family issues, he was told his presence was no longer desired as CEO of Powell Valley Healthcare. Cardwell said he submitted his resignation, then learned quickly thereafter that the things he heard "were deceitful in nature. I want to be back," he told board members. [Read More]

BOZEMAN, MT: Bozeman Deaconess CEO to step down, successor named
John Nordwick, president/CEO of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services, announced that he will retire at the end of 2011 after 17 years with the organization. The announcement comes two years after Nordwick first approached the hospital?s board of trustees and informed them he planned to step down. Rather than retiring immediately, Nordwick kept his position, helped in the search for his replacement, and agreed to stay through a reasonable transition. Nordwick will remain as CEO/president through the end of the year as additional responsibilities are shifted to Stan Moser, the hospital?s current chief administrative officer, who was named Nordwick?s successor by the board of trustees. [Read More]

CONROE, TX: Hennigan named interim CEO at MCHD
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RANDALLSTOWN, MD: White named president of Northwest Hospital
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BRAINERD, MN: CEO retiring from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
After 37 years at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, CEO Tom Reek recently announced his plans to retire. ?It?s been a very difficult decision because this hasn?t been just a job, it?s been a passion,? says Reek, who will turn 65 in January and would like to spend more time with his family. . The hospital has hired a search firm to find a successor, a process that is expected to last at least six months. Reek says he will stay with the hospital until his replacement is hired. [Read More]

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