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Janet Davis promoted to senior VP, chief nursing officer of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital, and other moves

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: January 21, 2012 - 12:01 am ET


Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital has made two nursing-related executive appointments, including the promotion of Janet Davis to the job of senior VP and chief nursing officer at the hospital.

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Davis, 52, formerly was VP of acute care. The new job is effective immediately. Her predecessor in the CNO role was Kathi Sengin Katz. Tampa General also announced the appointment of Veronica Martin, 41, to the job of VP and associate CNO. Martin will retain her responsibilities for the hospital's women's and children's division, while assuming a larger role throughout nursing and patient care. … Bruce Christian was named CEO of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Glendale Heights, Ill., after having served as the hospital's interim leader since July. Christian, 64, previously was president and CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta (Calif.) and came to Adventist GlenOaks, part of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, when Brinsley Lewis left to be president and CEO of University Community Hospital-Carrollwood in Tampa, Fla. ... Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital and Memorial Health System, South Bend, Ind., named Jeff Costello as CFO of their newly combined system. Costello, 48, joined Memorial in 1985 and has served as CFO since 1995. The merger with Elkhart General was announced in March and made official in November. … St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighton, Mass., hired Nathan Howell as COO. Howell, 38, most recently was COO for Easton (Pa.) Hospital. At St. Elizabeth's he replaces Philip Cormier, who left the Steward Health Care System hospital in November, a hospital spokesman said.


PeriGen, an obstetrics information technology company based in Princeton, N.J., named Matthew Sappern CEO, effective immediately. Sappern, 45, succeeds Donald Deieso, a former chief executive of PeriGen who last year joined Arsenal Capital Partners, according to the private-equity firm's website. Deieso stepped down from PeriGen in August 2011, a PeriGen spokesman said. PeriGen's president and CTO, Mike Pritts, had served as interim head of the company, the spokesman said. Sappern previously was senior VP of client sales at Allscripts.


Roger Holstein will succeed Kerry Hicks as CEO of HealthGrades, a Denver-based healthcare ratings company. Hicks has held the CEO position since founding the company in 1999. Holstein is a managing director with Vestar Capital Partners and has chaired the HealthGrades board of managers since an affiliate of Vestar acquired HealthGrades for $294 million in 2010. Hicks will assume the chairmanship of the board and “step back from day-to-day operations to focus on broad company strategy, the impact of public policy on the industry, and building key external relationships,” the companies said in a news release. Holstein will continue to serve as a partner at Vestar and remain on the boards of Press Ganey and DynaVox, two Vestar portfolio companies, according to the release.


Alyson Pitman Giles plans to step down as president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.

Dr. Joe Pepe, the hospital's CMO, will act as interim CEO during the recruitment and selection of a new leader, according to a hospital statement.

Giles, 58, will stay with Catholic Medical Center as a “transition consultant” until June 30 and will be involved with the selection of a new president and CEO, according to the hospital. “It's a great time to turn the page and start the next chapter,” Giles said in the statement. “I look forward to helping and identifying an individual who will embrace our mission, Catholic identity and love of our CMC family.”

Giles became the hospital's CEO in 1998 when a merger with Elliot Hospital, also in Manchester, dissolved. Catholic Medical Center later proposed an affiliation with Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, Lebanon, N.H., which drew objections from the state attorney general in 2010 and was withdrawn by the parties last April.

Earlier this month, the American College of Healthcare Executives announced Giles as one of two 2012 recipients of its Gold Medal Award. She served as the organization's board chair-elect, chairman and immediate past chairman from 2006 to 2009. Giles was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2007.

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