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Pamela Rudisill, HMA chief nursing executive

Rudisill named chief nursing executive at HMA, and other moves

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: October 27, 2012 - 12:01 am ET


Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., created a chief nursing executive position and promoted Pamela Rudisill to serve in the role. Rudisill has worked at the publicly traded hospital chain since 1996, most recently as VP of nursing and patient safety for the past four years. She will continue to hold many of those responsibilities, including overseeing the company's Nursing Leadership Group, Patient Safety Committee and Chief Nursing Executive Council. Rudisill previously served as chief nursing executive of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, N.C., an HMA facility, from 1996 to 2007. She is the immediate past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Her age was not provided.

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Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, interim president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, was named to the position permanently effective immediately by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Colasurdo, 53, a pediatrician, replaces Dr. Larry Kaiser, who last year was named executive VP for health sciences and CEO of Temple University Health System, as well as dean of the Temple University School of Medicine. Colasurdo is a native of Italy and a U.S. citizen, according to a news release from the center. … HCA's TriStar Centennial Medical Center named Heather Rohan to assume leadership of the Nashville hospital as CEO, effective Dec. 1. For the past seven years, Rohan has been CEO of the for-profit hospital chain's Aventura (Fla.) Hospital and Medical Center. At TriStar, HCA's flagship hospital, Rohan will replace Thomas Herron, who announced in August that he would retire at the end of the year after six years in the position. … Robert Barrow was appointed CEO of Doctors' Hospital of Michigan in Pontiac after Sam Gizzi stepped down as CEO on Sept. 28. Barrow, who was set to take over the physician-owned hospital Oct. 29 and install a new management team, is the fourth CEO for Doctors' Hospital since a group of doctors purchased a 35% share from Flint, Mich.-based McLaren Health Care in February 2011, Modern Healthcare sister publication Crain's Detroit Business reported. In October 2011, Gizzi replaced David Sessions, who had replaced interim CEO Michael DeRubeis earlier that year after McLaren purchased the shuttered hospital formerly known as North Oakland Medical Center. … Rochester (N.Y.) General Health System named Dr. Rob Mayo chief medical officer of the system. Mayo, 50, will replace Dr. Richard Gangemi, who plans to retire at the end of the year, according to a news release. Mayo has worked for Rochester General for 10 years and has served as president of the medical and dental staff at Rochester General Hospital. Most recently, he was the VP and patient safety officer for the system's Institute of Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence.

J. Stuart Mitchell, Health First COO
… Health First, a system based in Rockledge, Fla., has appointed Lori DeLone as senior VP and CIO. DeLone, 53, succeeds Rich Rogers. DeLone previously served as regional VP for PatientKeeper, Waltham, Mass., a provider of physician workflow solutions. Before that, she held a number of roles, including CIO, at Halifax Health in Volusia County, Fla. In her new role, she will report to Health First Executive VP and COO J. Stuart Mitchell, according to a Health First news release. She will oversee capital budgets and contract negotiations and will manage strategy, execution and performance metrics for Health First's information technology platform, according to the release.

Gilbert Hoffman, CIO, Mercy, Chesterfield, Mo.
Gilbert Hoffman was named chief information officer at Mercy, Chesterfield, Mo. He starts Nov. 1. Hoffman replaces William Showalter, who had been with the system since 2007, when it was known as Sisters of Mercy Health System. He joined the organization as COO of Mercy's information systems division and became CIO in 2009. Hoffman, whose age was not provided, joins Mercy from Fenton, Mo.-based Maritz, which offers employee research and motivation services as well as business travel programs. Hoffman has worked at Maritz since 1973 and has led the IT teams for the company's travel, market research and loyalty incentive divisions, according to a Mercy news release.


Darin LeGrange will succeed Scott Kornhauser as president and CEO of Healthation, a Lisle, Ill.-based information technology company that markets financial administration systems for healthcare payers. Kornhauser, who co-founded Healthation in 2002, will assume the newly created role of chief strategy officer, the company said in a news release. LeGrange most recently served as an operating partner with SilverStream Capital, a San Diego private-equity firm that owns Healthation. His age was not provided. … Clearwater Compliance, Nashville, a provider of software and other services for managing organizations' compliance with federal patient-privacy and data-security rules, appointed Kathy Ebbert as executive VP and COO. Ebbert has worked with the company since leaving her last role as president and CEO of Achieve CCA, Louisville, Ky., according to a news release. She previously spent nearly four years at Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways, where she met Clearwater founder and CEO Bob Chaput. Ebbert's age was not provided. Clearwater works with provider groups and health plans to help them manage their HIPAA-HITECH compliance needs. ... SourceMedical has promoted Ralph Riccardi to succeed Larry McTavish as president and CEO. Riccardi, 59, was previously executive VP and COO for SourceMedical, a Birmingham, Ala.-based provider of outpatient information management tools and revenue-cycle management software. McTavish will serve as a consultant for the company during a three-month transition, Riccardi said.


The American Medical Association has named New England Journal of Medicine Publisher and Managing Director Thomas Easley as its new senior VP of periodic publications, which puts him in charge of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the JAMA Network of medical journals and American Medical News. Easley starts Dec. 1. He replaces Elizabeth “Betsy” Jones, who left in June; she was named to the post in May 2010. Easley, 52, has been with the NEJM group for 13 years and has led strategy, marketing and business development during his tenure, according to an AMA news release. Previously, Easley was editorial director for Mosby Consumer Health and acquisitions editor at Elsevier Science Publishing. … Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia, has appointed Cathy Wolfe president and CEO of its medical research business, effective Jan. 1. Wolfe, whose age was not disclosed, replaces Karen Abramson, who in September became president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting's CCH business unit. Wolfe has held a number of leadership roles at the healthcare information and business intelligence provider since joining the company in 1996. Since 2007, she has served as CEO of Wolters Kluwer U.K., according to a news release. Wolters Kluwer Health is the parent company of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid and UptoDate, among other businesses.


Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, 1990 Nobel Prize winner in physiology
Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his research on the use of bone-marrow transplants to treat leukemia, died at the age of 92. Thomas and Dr. Joseph Murray, who performed the first successful kidney transplant between homozygous twins, shared the 1990 Nobel. Thomas successfully transplanted bone marrow cells, and his research reduced the body's rejection of transplanted cells, known as “graft-versus-host” disease, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet said as it announced his award. About 60,000 bone marrow transplants will be performed this year, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, said in a news release. Thomas retired from the Hutchinson Center in 2002 after 28 years. Thomas' interest in bone marrow and leukemia emerged during medical school and he began work in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the mid-1950s on human and dog bone marrow transplantation, his Nobel autobiography said. “The long cold winters, absence of commuting problems and opportunity for long discussions were conducive to our work,” he said. “Those years had a deep and abiding influence on subsequent work since most of the basic concepts were laid out during that time.” Thomas is survived by his wife, Dorothy, who was also his research partner, and three children. In his Nobel autobiography, Thomas described the contributions of his wife, a medical technologist, as “invaluable” to his work.

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