A top executive of one of the South's most prestigious health systems, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, is quitting to take the top post at Columbia-JFK Hospital in Atlantis, Fla.
Phillip Robinson, 39, has been hospital director of Ochsner Foundation Hospital and executive vice president of the Ochsner foundation since 1994. In late July he will become president and chief executive officer of JFK, owned by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
Coincidentally, six not-for-profit hospitals in the New Orleans area, including Ochsner, also announced last week they were moving forward to unite their facilities to compete against Columbia and another investor-owned chain, Tenet Healthcare Corp. In addition to Ochsner, the other tax-exempt hospitals creating the regional alliance are Children's Hospital, New Orleans; Touro Infirmary, New Orleans; Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital, New Orleans; Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital and Medical Center; and St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington.
Last month, two other public hospitals, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie and West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, dropped out of the alliance. The eight hospitals had been working on developing an alliance since August 1995. Last week, the alliance announced that the boards of the six hospitals had approved moving forward.
The group also said it plans to form a super physician-hospital organization that will contract with employers and payers for health services.
At Ochsner, Mary Brown, 45, was appointed as Robinson's successor. She had been senior vice president and chief operating officer.