Robert W. O'Leary and John Casey resigned as directors of Tenet Healthcare Corp., a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hospital chain. Tenet said the resignations are "to avoid any appearance of potential conflict of business interest" and devote more time to their own ventures. Both men joined the board last year when Tenet acquired American Medical International, where they were top executives. O'Leary is chief executive officer of Premier, an alliance of tax-exempt hospitals. Casey is chairman and CEO of InteCare, an Irving, Texas-based firm that plans to help tax-exempt hospitals access capital markets through for-profit conversions. Tenet officials said they hadn't determined if the slots would be filled. The resignations leave the board with 11 members.
The proposed controversial 30-year lease of 582-bed Medical Center of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. cleared a major hurdle late last month when the South Carolina Legislature passed a bill approving the agreement. South Carolina Gov. David Beasley is expected to sign it shortly. In an April written opinion sought by opponents of the lease, the state attorney general's office said the Legislature must approve or reject the lease. Approval from two more state agencies as well as federal antitrust clearance must be obtained before the transaction can take place.
Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser, a Chicago-based accounting and consulting firm, has named Michael Kreitzer a partner and director of a new healthcare information management services consulting practice. Kreitzer had been a top executive in the healthcare information services practice of Coopers & Lybrand, where he also helped direct the annual MODERN HEALTHCARE/Coopers & Lybrand survey of information systems trends for the past six years. Altschuler, Melvoin & Glasser, a limited-liability partnership, first expanded into the healthcare consulting business in March in the areas of strategic, financial and facilities planning.
William Jessee, M.D., a former top executive at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has been appointed as the American Medical Association's vice president of managed care and quality. Jessee, 49, who served two separate stints at the healthcare accrediting agency, most recently was chief executive officer of a Louisville, Ky.-based hospital network (May 15, 1995, p. 17). A spokeswoman for one of the network's sponsoring hospital systems said the network eliminated Jessee's post after it decided it didn't need two separate governance structures: one for Louisville-area service contracts and the other for statewide contracts. Jessee had been in charge of Louisville-area contracting.