Hospital and Health System Executive Moves (January 2011)

Here is a list of notable executive moves that occurred during November and October 2010.

Jason Barker, CEO of St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif., announced he would leave the hospital at the end of 2010 to become president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont.

John Betjemann, the man who led Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Ind., for nearly one-quarter century, died in October from complications of Parkinson’s disease at age 70.

Ohio-based Premier Health Partners named Mary Boosalis, current CEO of Premier’s Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, as the health system’s new executive vice president and COO.

Coventry Health Care, based in Bethesda, Md., announced that Kevin Conlin would join the company as executive vice president. Mr. Conlin most recently served as president and CEO of Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kan.

Lutheran Health, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., appointed Joe Dorko CEO of the health system, making permanent the role he filled on an interim basis since June 2010.

Jim Gardner, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System, announced his resignation. Mr. Gardner joined NGHS in March 2004 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime CEO John A. Ferguson.

Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare COO Thomas P. Glynn announced he would leave the health system at the end of 2010 to teach at Harvard. Mr. Glynn served as the COO of Partners for 14 years.

Longtime hospital executive Michael Hunn, CEO of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance (Calif.), was named CEO of Providence Health & Services’ California region.

WellPoint executive vice president Dijuana Lewis was “terminated without cause” by the Indianapolis-based insurance company. Ms. Lewis served as president and CEO of the company’s comprehensive health solutions unit.

Health Choice, a Memphis-based managed care organization, appointed George Mayzell, MD, as CEO. Most recently, Dr. Mayzell served as senior vice president and chief patient care officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and CMO of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn., named Phillip J. Mazzuca COO. Mr. Mazzuca formerly served as division president of IASIS.

Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Mass., appointed Daniel Moen as president and CEO. Mr. Moen began work at the health system in Jan. 2011, leaving his position at Haywood Hospital in Gardner, Mass., a job he has held since 1990.

St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla., named David Pynn as CEO, according to a system news release. Mr. Pynn previously served as executive vice president and COO for the system.

Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics appointed Amir Dan Rubin as president and CEO, effective Jan. 3, 2011. Mr. Rubin previously served as COO at UCLA Health System in Los Angeles.

Virtua Healthcare System, based in Marlton, N.J., promoted Ninfa Saunders to president and COO of the hospital system. Ms. Saunders succeeded Richard P. Miller, who will continue to serve as Virtua’s CEO.

Northern Michigan Regional Health System in Petoskey named Stephen J. Scannell as CFO. He started at the hospital on Oct. 18.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s longtime president and CEO, Elliot J. Sussman, MD, announced his resignation. Hospital trustees appointed Ronald W. Swinfard, MD, the health network’s current CMO, as the next president and CEO of LVHN.

Ronald A. Williams, chairman and CEO of health insurance company Aetna, announced his retirement, effective April 2011. He was succeeded by company president Mark T. Bertolini, who assumed the CEO role on Nov. 29.

Kirk Wilson, CEO of Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta, announced his resignation.

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