MODERN HEALTHCARE has made two major changes in its top editing ranks.
Neil McLaughlin, who has served as the magazine's news editor since 1989, has been named to the new position of senior editor.
McLaughlin, 44, joined the magazine as managed-care reporter in 1986 and later was chief of the copy desk. Previously, he served as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in three of its important news bureaus-Chicago; Springfield, Ill.; and Washington.
In his new job, McLaughlin will supervise the editing of cover stories, special reports and feature stories. He'll also serve as the magazine's writing coach and oversee the commentary section.
Replacing him as news editor is David Burda, a reporter at the magazine since 1987. Burda, 36, also served as the Chicago bureau chief. He has covered legal affairs, human resources, medical staffing issues and the American Hospital Association. Previously, he was a reporter for Hospitals magazine.
In 1993, he won the Jesse H. Neal Award given by the American Business Press for the best story of the year for trade magazines. Burda was honored for his June 15, 1992, cover story on how hospitals report charity care.
As news editor, Burda will be responsible for assigning and assembling the Week in Healthcare section of the magazine.