PHOENIX-Owens & Minor has been selected as the medical/surgical supply distributor for Samaritan Health System and HealthPartners of Southern Arizona, officials said. Terms of the multiyear agreement, effective Jan. 1, 1995, weren't released. The deal is estimated to produce $50 million a year in sales for the Richmond, Va.-based medical supplier. Phoenix-based Samaritan has eight hospitals and 12 primary-care facilities. HealthPartners, based in Tucson, is an integrated healthcare organization that includes Partners Health Plan, a managed-care company covering more than 110,000 lives; Tucson Medical Center, the largest hospital in Southern Arizona; GHMA Medical Centers, a 75-bed physician multispecialty medical group; and Southern Arizona Independent Physicians, a network of independent physicians and physician practices. Owens & Minor distributes medical and surgical supplies and related services to hospitals and alternate-site companies through 54 locations nationwide.
LOS ANGELES-Top executives at two of California's largest HMOs are stepping down. Richard Lipeles, interim president and chief executive officer of PacifiCare of California and executive vice president of PacifiCare Health Systems-a national HMO operator-will retire effective October 1995. Mark Wagar, president of Glendale-based Cigna HealthCare of California, resigned Dec. 2. Mr. Lipeles, 41, who has been with PacifiCare for 16 years, plans to pursue personal interests on behalf of local charities. He will continue as an adviser for the company during the next year. Jon Wampler, president and CEO of PacifiCare of Texas, will head PacifiCare of California and the company's western region starting in February 1995. Jeff Folick, former president and CEO of PacifiCare of California and western regional vice president, will become executive vice president and CEO of PacifiCare Health Systems and oversee its national operations beginning in January 1995. Leslie Margolin, Cigna's chief counsel, was named interim president while Cigna searches for a permanent replacement for Mr. Wagar, who will pursue other business interests. Mr. Wagar was named to the top post in May.