16 latest hospital, health system executive moves

The following hospital and health system executive moves were reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

1. Peter Butler, president of Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center, will retire at the end of June.Mr. Butler will be succeeded by Michael J. Dandorph, who is currently executive vice president and COO of Rush University Medical Center, effective July 1. Mr. Dandorph will serve as COO and president.

2. UC San Diego Health appointed Christopher Longhurst, MD, as the system's new CIO.

3. Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System appointed Eugene A. Woods president and CEO, effective April 28.

4. Albuquerque, N.M.-based Lovelace Health System welcomed various new executives. Janelle Raborn, who was COO of Albuquerque-based Lovelace Women's Hospital, is now division vice president of operations with Lovelace Health System. James Washecka, who for the past five years has served as CFO of Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Okla., has been named division CFO of Lovelace Health System, effective March 1.

5. Melissa Burns, RN, CNO of Marysville, Calif.-based Rideout Health, was promoted to COO.

6. Madison, Wis.-based UW Health named Alan Kaplan, MD, CEO.

7. Gregory James, MD, was named chief clinical officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Health, a ministry of St. Louis-based Ascension Health.

8. West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health named Mark Burmester senior vice president and chief strategy officer.

9. Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, N.J., appointed Stephanie Bloom as its new president.

10. Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System, one of the five largest public healthcare systems in the nation, hired Saima Chaudhry, MD, as its new chief academic officer to lead graduate medical education.

11. Kevin Vermeer officially started his new role as CEO of West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health.

12. Rex Conger, president and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Ill., will retire, effective Jan. 15, 2017.

13. Farmington, Maine-based Franklin Community Health Network named Timothy Churchill interim CEO.

14. Ginger Fisher, RN, BSN, joined Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, a 40-bed long-term acute care hospital based in Provo, as COO.

15. David Tilton, president and CEO of Atlantic City, N.J.-based AtlantiCare, will retire from this post June 30. Mr. Tilton will be succeeded by Lori Herndon, RN, BSN, AtlantiCare's executive vice president and AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter president and CEO.

16. Robert Lenza was named CEO of San Antonio-based Methodist Children's Hospital. He will lead the hospital and women's services.

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