APS Healthcare has named a physician and former hospital executive to oversee its consulting services and related programs.
Meanwhile, VHA announced the appointment of four employees of the former SunHealth Alliance, including the head of a respected research arm, to its performance improvement division.
The two moves are unrelated, officials said. The announcements last week, however, reflect the continual jockeying for publicity and prestige among the competing alliances.
A recent merger between Charlotte, N.C.-based SunHealth; San Diego-based American Healthcare Systems; and Westchester, Ill.-based Premier Health Alliance created the largest hospital alliance with 1,700 members. It is temporarily operating as APS Healthcare.
VHA, based in Irving, Texas, is the next largest alliance, serving more than 1,300 organizations.
APS said Charles Jacobson, M.D., will be executive vice president of the new organization. His responsibilities include process design, operations restructuring, physician support services and managed-care consulting. The division will be based in Charlotte.
Jacobson, 55, was president and chief executive officer of Park Nicollet Medical Center in St. Louis Park, Minn., before joining SunHealth last year.
At VHA, Donald R. McCall, 39, will become senior vice president of improvement services, a division that includes efforts to compare hospital performance and establish best practices. He had been senior vice president of process-design services at SunHealth.
McCall recruited three other SunHealth employees to work with him as VHA vice presidents. Micky Patrick, 44, was director of benchmarking and re-engineering services at SunHealth. Rick Roycroft, 33, led process design in its western region. Brent Shive, 33, was director of the SunHealth physician practice management institute.
SunHealth's merger with AmHS/Premier had little to do with his decision, McCall said. "I saw nothing but opportunity on both sides," he said. "But I've been with SunHealth for 17 years and felt it was time to move on."
SunHealth declined to comment.