Hospital and Health System Executive Moves (March 2011)

Tim Puthoff was named CEO of Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tenn. Mr. Puthoff has served Gateway’s interim CEO since March 2010. He replaces Mike Mullins, who went on a leave of absence in Jan. 2010 while serving on active military duty in Afghanistan.

Saint Louis University Hospital named Phillip Sowa as CEO.

G. Richard Hastings, president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke’s Health System, announced his July 31 retirement. Mr. Hastings has been CEO since 1996 and has worked with the St. Luke’s system for more than 35 years. An internal and national search is underway to find his replacement.

Bill Walczak, CEO of Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass., will leave to become president of Caritas Christi’s Carney Hospital in Dorchester.

Akron (Ohio) General Health System appointed Stephen M. Gary as senior vice president and CFO. He will join the system on Jan. 31, replacing Debbie Gorbach, who served as interim CFO since Nov. 2007.

David C. Hogan, COO of Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care, will retire at the end of the month after 29 years with the system. Mr. Hogan will be replaced by Jason Little, who has served as CEO and administrator at three BMHC hospitals.

Leo Brideau, president and CEO of Milwaukee- based Columbia St. Mary’s Health System, accepted a senior position at St. Louis-based Ascension Health. Mr. Brideau will be replaced by Mark Taylor, the president and CEO of Genesys Health System, which is based in Grand Blanc, Mich., and part of Ascension. Mr. Taylor begins his new duties on Feb. 15.

Houston Physicians’ Hospital in Webster, Texas, appointed Michele Dionne as CEO.

Boston-based Steward Health Care System hired Jeffrey Liebman as president of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass. Most recently, Mr. Liebman was president and CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare campus in Needham, a position he held since 2003.

Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, hired David R. Brandon as president and CEO. Mr. Brandon will begin his new position at the 126-bed hospital by mid-February, according to the report. He will replace John Knox, who left Finley to become president and CEO of Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

John McGee, president and CEO of Solaris Health System, left the Edison, N.J.-based organization to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Mc- Gee had been with Solaris, the non-profit parent company of the 399-bed JFK Medical Center in Edison, for 25 years.

Luke Gregory was named permanent CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Gregory’s position is effective immediately since he has been serving as interim CEO of the 238-bed hospital since Sept. 2010.

Sharon O’Keefe, president of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., was named president of University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. O’Keefe’s position is effective Feb. 23. She will replace Ken Sharigian, who has been serving as interim president of UCMC.

Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals named David M. Dill as president and COO of the company. While Mr. Dill will serve as president in addition to his current role as COO, William F. Carpenter IIII will continue to serve as LifePoint’s CEO and chairman of the board of directors.

Calvin “Cal” Knight was named president and CEO of California’s John Muir Health, which has two hospitals in Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif. Mr. Knight’s position with JMH is effective April 4. He will succeed longtime CEO Ken Anderson, who plans to retire March 31 after 36 years with the system and 14 years as president and CEO.

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