Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., named Dr. Lynda Ann Smirz
to the newly created role of VP and chief medical officer of its acute-care division. Smirz, who joined UHS in January, previously was VP of surgical services and CMO for Indiana University Health North Hospital, Carmel, a hospital owned by Indiana University Health, Indianapolis. Smirz's age was not provided. … Dr. Robert McGregor
was hired as the first chief medical officer at Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital, effective Jan. 14. Previously, McGregor, 57, was the pediatrician-in-chief and interim pediatrics chairman at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and a pediatrics professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine. … Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., chose F. Dana Ellerbe
as its new CEO. Ellerbe, 58, had served since October as interim CEO of the hospital, part of publicly traded LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn. He assumed leadership from Sandra Podley
, who is now administrator at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque. Ellerbe previously was VP of ancillary services for Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, Calif. … Janie Hilfiger
was named president of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa., effective Feb. 1. Hilfiger, 54, started as a staff nurse at Soldiers and Sailors and for the past 12 years was the hospital's chief nursing executive. As president she succeeds Jan Fisher, who was named COO of Susquehanna Health System, Williamsport, Pa., when Soldiers and Sailors and its parent, Laurel Health System, joined Susquehanna last September.