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Brennan to stay at Newark Beth Israel, disappointing Cleveland MetroHealth officials, and other news

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 8, 2012 - 12:01 am ET


Dr. John Brennan will remain president and CEO of Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Jersey rather than take the helm of Cleveland's MetroHealth System, Modern Healthcare sister publication Crain's Cleveland Business reported. MetroHealth officials expressed disappointment in Brennan's decision, which came two weeks after he was announced as the next president and CEO of the struggling county-subsidized health system. MetroHealth launched the search for its next CEO this year after Mark Moran said in December 2011 that he would step down once his successor was named. … Patrick Christiansen was named CEO of Inova Fairfax (Va.) Medical Campus after serving as the facility's COO since 2010. Christiansen, 59, succeeds Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak, who left the CEO spot in August to become CEO and VP for health systems of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital on Sept. 1. A spokeswoman for Inova said Pasternak took that role so he could be closer to family. As CEO of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Christiansen will lead Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Women's Hospital, Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. He was also named executive VP at Inova. Previously, Christiansen was VP of operations at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo.

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… Presence Health, a Chicago-area system formed after a 2011 merger between Provena Health, Mokena, Ill., and Resurrection Health Care, Chicago, promoted Anthony Filer to CFO. Filer, 57, joined Provena as CFO in 2002 and had been its COO since 2011. He was named COO of Presence last year and as CFO replaces John Orsini. Orsini, 48, resigned to take the CFO post at Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill. That system formed after the merger of Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill., and Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, Ill. … Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, named Richard Webster, 51, to succeed David McQuaid as COO. McQuaid succeeded Thomas Lewis as Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' president in July. Webster was previously hospital VP and service line administrator for the two-campus hospital, a role he held for seven years. ... Sandra Fenwick was selected as the next CEO of Boston Children's Hospital. Fenwick, 62, currently serves as COO and president and will retain her role as president. She will replace Dr. James Mandell, 67, who plans to retire in September 2013. Fenwick has worked for the Boston-based pediatric teaching hospital since 1999, when she was hired as senior VP for business development, strategy and ambulatory-care operations.

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