The American Society of Anesthesiologists appointed Paul Pomerantz, currently the worldwide executive director of the Drug Information Association, as CEO, effective March 4. Pomerantz, 60, succeeds Barbara Fossum, who has served as the Park Ridge, Ill.-based ASA's interim CEO since June. Fossum will continue in her role until March and then plans to retire and continue her volunteer work. Pomerantz previously held senior roles with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Society of Interventional Radiology.
The longtime president and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Sister Sheila Lyne, announced her retirement. Lyne, 76, will remain at Mercy until her successor is named. She began her first stint as president and CEO at Mercy in 1976, before a detour as Chicago's commissioner of public health in 1991. She returned to Mercy in 2000 to lead the hospital. Last year, Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., acquired the financially struggling 160-year-old hospital. Mercy officials have formed a committee to search for Lyne's successor and have retained a recruiting firm. After her replacement starts, Lyne will serve as a senior adviser to the hospital's foundation. … 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 to be closer to family in New York and New England. 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 worked as the VP of operations at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. … Health Central Hospital, Ocoee, Fla., has hired Jennifer McCarthy as its COO. McCarthy, 42, replaces Greg Ohe, who this year became president of the hospital on the heels of its acquisition by the Orlando (Fla.) Health system. McCarthy joins Health Central from Health First, Rockledge, Fla., where she most recently served as VP of operations for Palm Bay (Fla.) Hospital. Orlando Health completed its $181.3 million takeover of Health Central in April.
… Jack Ivie is returning to Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and Health Center as president, replacing Mark Meyers, who left this year after serving as president since 2009. Meyers is now chief strategy officer for Apollo Medical Holdings, also in Glendale. Ivie, whose age wasn't provided, was the hospital's assistant executive director and VP of hospital operations from 1980-92. Ivie most recently has been VP for the Inland Empire service area of Glendale Memorial's parent system, Dignity Health, and COO of the system's St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernadino, Calif., and Community Hospital San Bernadino. … Duane Erwin, president and CEO of Aspirus in Wausau, Wis., plans to retire in July. Erwin, 64, has held the CEO post at Aspirus since 2006. Before that, he was president at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. … Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System named Dr. Jeffrey Arnold, currently chairman and medical director of the emergency medicine department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, chief medical officer, effective Dec. 24. Arnold replaces Dr. Cliff Wang, who had been serving as interim CMO since May. Arnold has held his current role since 2006. Before joining Santa Clara Valley Medical, he worked in several other emergency departments, including those of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital and Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Ages for Arnold and Wang were not provided.
… Cone Health, Greensboro, N.C., has promoted Steve Horsley to chief information officer. Horsley, 53, the associate CIO of the five-hospital network, will take over as CIO on Jan. 1 from John Jenkins, 65, who is retiring. In his two-year tenure with Cone Health, Horsley has led the implementation of the system's electronic health-record system. He previously was chief technology officer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
Computer Sciences Corp., a health information technology, military and national security contractor based in Falls Church, Va., hired Doug Tracy as chief information officer. Tracy, 52, most recently served as VP and CIO for Dana Holdings Corp., according to a news release. A CSC spokesman said Tracy is replacing David McCue, who left the company earlier this year.
Dr. Nabil Chehade takes over as president and executive medical director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group, a Kaiser Permanente physician network, Jan. 1. Chehade, 46, will lead 200 healthcare professionals in Kaiser's medical offices in northeast Ohio, according to a news release. He replaces Dr. Ronald Copeland, who will move to Oakland, Calif., where he will be the Kaiser Permanente senior VP of diversity strategy and policy. Copeland, 61, has held the president and executive medical director post for 15 years. Other posts Chehade has held with OPMG include assistant medical director of medical specialties and imaging services, chief medical informatics officer, lead physician for coding and documentation and chief of urology.