Two longtime executives at Nashville-based HCA will retire March 31: W. Paul Rutledge
, 57, president of HCA's Central Group, and Russell Harms
, 54, the Central Group's CFO. HCA's Central Group includes more than 50 hospitals in the U.S. and the U.K. Rutledge joined HCA in 1982 as COO in the company's New Orleans market. He has served in his current position since 2005. Harms was named CFO of the company's Central Group in 2005. He joined HCA 28 years ago and has served as CFO of several other HCA hospitals and divisions, according to a news release. Because of the two departures, HCA said it plans to permanently “streamline its operations structure,” effective Jan. 1. The U.S.-based divisions of the Central Group will be integrated into the company's National and Southwest groups. HCA's Richmond, Va.-based Capital Division—which encompasses hospitals in Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Virginia—will become part of the company's National Group, HCA said in the release. The TriStar and MidAmerica divisions will become part of the Southwest Group, which will be renamed the American Group, HCA said.
… Christus Health, Irving, Texas, announced several appointments and promotions, including the promotion of Paul Generale to senior VP and senior finance officer. Generale, 36, previously was VP and senior finance officer. Christus also hired Sherry Tichenor, a registered nurse, for the new position of VP of performance effectiveness. Tichenor, 59, will be responsible for evaluating current operations and developing and implementing improvement plans. She previously was regional VP of performance improvement for St. Joseph Health System, Lexington, Ky. Patricia Nobles, 57, was appointed system director and corporate secretary and replaces Larry Pardue, who left the organization, a Christus spokeswoman said. Nobles previously served as assistant corporate secretary for subsidiaries of SBC Communications, which is now AT&T, according to the news release. The Rev. Lawrence Chellaian was appointed system director for spiritual care services, a role he will fill in addition to his current job as director of spiritual care for Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. Chellaian, 46, replaces The Rev. Mike Saxton, who left Christus. … Elaine Couture was promoted to CEO of Providence Health Care Eastern Washington. Couture, 57, replaces Michael Wilson, who plans to retire after staying on as an adviser during a transition in 2013. Wilson, 62, previously retired from the position in April 2009 after 31 years with Providence. He returned two years later on an interim basis. Couture, a registered nurse, has served since 2008 as CEO for Providence's two Spokane hospitals—Sacred Heart and Holy Family. Her first administrative job with Providence was as chief nursing officer at Providence St. Mary's Medical Center, Walla Walla, Wash.