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Roger Baker resigning from Veteran Affairs, and other news

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: March 2, 2013 - 12:01 am ET


Roger Baker, who steered the Veteran Affairs Department's healthcare information technology development program toward an open-source model, is resigning. Since 2009, Baker has been an assistant secretary in the department with duties comparable to those of a chief information officer for the VA's 138 hospitals and 990 clinics. Baker announced his plans in a Feb. 15 e-mail to colleagues.


Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, announced his plans to retire at year-end. Vonderfecht, 62, led the Johnson City, Tenn.-based healthcare system for 23 years, first as CEO of Johnson City Medical Center in 1990. The board is expected to decide on a successor by July, and the new president and CEO would move into the role by October, as Vonderfecht plans to transition his responsibilities until his retirement Dec. 31. … Rodney Huebbers is the new president and COO of Detroit Medical Center. Huebbers, whose age was not immediately available, joins Detroit Medical Center from Baptist Health System in San Antonio, where he had served as COO since August 2010. Baptist is a division of Vanguard Health Systems, which acquired Detroit Medical Center at the end of 2010.

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