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Wolf named acting secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other news

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: October 13, 2012 - 12:01 am ET


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett named Michael Wolf the Pennsylvania Department of Health's acting secretary after the resignation of Dr. Eli Avila. Avila, 51, “planned to pursue other interests,” Corbett said in a news release. The physician and attorney also looked forward to spending more time with his wife and children who live in Albany, N.Y. Wolf, 46, joined the health department in May 2011 as executive deputy secretary after working as Pfizer's director of worldwide public affairs and policy, according to an announcement of his appointment. As acting Pennsylvania health secretary, he will oversee the agency's health promotion, disease prevention and healthcare quality and safety efforts. … Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services appointed Dr. Stephanie Mayfield commissioner of the state Public Health Department, effective Oct. 1. Mayfield, a pathologist, replaced Dr. Steve Davis, the department's deputy commissioner, who had served as acting commissioner since last year. Mayfield was most recently director of Kentucky's public health laboratory, having served in that role since 2005. She also serves as an associate professor at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine.

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Steward Health Care System, based in Boston, has hired Stephen Farber as CFO. Farber most recently has been an executive-in-residence for private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, according to a Steward news release. From 2002 to 2005, he was CFO for Tenet Healthcare Corp., and he later founded Connance, a healthcare financial technology firm. His age was not available. … Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Rockville Centre, N.Y., named Dr. Lawrence Magras medical director for its new physician-hospital organization. Magras, 48, also was named VP and assistant medical director for clinical effectiveness, care coordination and physician integration for CHS' department of care management. Magras comes to the position from Yale-New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus in New Haven, Conn., where he served as senior physician executive. … Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., named Dr. Adam Buckley to the newly created position of chief medical information officer. Buckley most recently held leadership roles at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Buckley, an obstetrician/gynecologist, will be a liaison between providers and the information systems department, and he will spend about 20% of his time seeing OB/GYN patients to allow him to maintain a provider's perspective on information technology use, according to a Fletcher Allen news release. His age was not provided. … Betsey Bayless, president and CEO of the government-owned Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, announced she would be leaving in 2013. Bayless, whose age was not provided, has worked for seven years in the role and has worked for 40 years in the public sector, according to a news release. A national search to replace her will be conducted, which is expected to take six to nine months.


Medecision, Wayne, Pa., named Jerry Baker senior VP and general manager of the company's business unit that provides technology supporting value-based and accountable care operations. Baker comes from Halfpenny Technologies, Blue Bell, Pa., where he served as president and CEO for the maker of software for health-information exchanges and electronic health records. … Central Logic, a Salt Lake City-based company that provides hospital patient-flow software, named Steve Erickson CFO. Erickson, 56, previously was a partner and executive financial consultant for SageCreek Partners and also has experience working for a business unit of software company Symantec, according to a Central Logic news release. He takes over for Ryan Larsen, a Central Logic co-founder who has served as interim CFO and VP of operations and who remains with the company, a spokesman said.


Priority Health, Grand Rapids, Mich., named Michael Freed president and CEO. Freed, 55, has served in the role on an interim basis since May while continuing to work as executive VP and COO of Priority's parent company, Spectrum Health, also of Grand Rapids. The opening was created by the departure of Kimberly Horn, who last month became president of Kaiser Permanente's Mid-Atlantic States region.


Golden Living, Plano, Texas, has appointed Dr. David Friend chief clinical officer. Friend steps into the newly created position at the nursing home and post-acute provider after serving as president and chief medical officer of AseraCare, a home health and hospice company that's part of the Golden Living group, according to a news release. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of the Palladium Group. His age was not available.


Parallon Business Solutions, Franklin, Tenn., appointed Chris Taylor executive VP and CFO. Taylor, 49, joins the group from HCA's TriStar Health, where he has served as CFO of the Nashville-based provider network since 2005. He previously held CFO and other financial management roles at HCA in various hospitals, markets and divisions, according to a news release. The position is new to Parallon. HCA launched Parallon, which provides revenue-cycle management, information technology services and other business process services, in May 2011.

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