Cardinal Health has hired Dwight Winstead, executive vice president in charge of supply chain management at VHA, a 1,466-member, not-for-profit hospital alliance. Winstead, 48, will become president of Owen Healthcare, Houston, Cardinal's recently acquired hospital pharmacy management subsidiary. "After 131/2 years (at VHA), I was looking for a bit broader challenge," Winstead said. Winstead, whose last day at Irving, Texas-based VHA is May 2, will succeed Carl E. Isgren, who has been Owen's president since 1976 and will stay on in a consulting capacity.
James Rogers, 40, said he is resigning as president and chief executive officer of Roper CareAlliance in Charleston, S.C., in the wake of the system's decision to sign a one-year management contract with a regional provider. Last month, Roper joined Carolinas HealthCare System, another not-for-profit company based in Charlotte, N.C., in an effort to attract managed-care contracts and strengthen its market position (March 24, p. 26). Rogers' resignation is effective May 31. A spokesman for Carolinas HealthCare said a search is under way for a replacement.
Community Health Systems has promoted Wayne T. Smith, 51, to chief executive officer and elected him to its board of directors. Smith joined the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company in January as president and chief operating officer after working with Humana for 23 years (Jan. 20, p. 16). Thomas Chaney, who had been CEO, will continue as a co-chairman of CHS with Richard Ragsdale. Chaney and Ragsdale founded the company and have gradually been reducing their roles since CHS was acquired last July for $1.1 billion by the New York investment firm Forstmann Little & Co. CHS owns 38 nonurban and rural hospitals in 14 states primarily in the Southeast and Southwest.
Sandy Thurman, a longtime AIDS activist, has been named head of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. Most recently, Thurman was director of a task force on child survival and development for the Carter Center and director of citizen exchanges at the U.S. Information Agency. Before that she was executive director of AID Atlanta and a member of the White House AIDS advisory panel. Thurman replaces Eric Goosby.
W. Wilson Turner, president emeritus of Houston-based Memorial Healthcare System, died April 2 at age 80. Known as the "architect of the satellite hospital system," Turner joined Memorial Hospital in 1955 and built it into a system that now includes 15 hospitals throughout southeast Texas. He retired as Memorial president in 1981 but maintained an office at the system's corporate headquarters and worked with retired employees up until his death. A past president of the Texas Hospital Association, Turner received the group's highest honor, the Earl M. Collier Award, in 1974. His career also included stints at hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi.
If salaries are any indication, information systems are hot and managed care is not. Top executives of the healthcare industry's two largest information systems and services companies got big raises in 1996. Charles McCall, president and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based HBO & Co., got a 32% raise to $1.6 million in total cash compensation from $1.2 million in 1995, according to the publicly traded company's annual proxy statement. That included a nominal increase in salary to $525,000 from $520,833 in 1995. But McCall's bonus increased 57% to $1.1 million from $669,375. Marvin Cadwell, president and CEO of Shared Medical Systems, Malvern, Pa., received total cash compensation of $654,543, a 25% increase from $525,174 in 1995, according to SMS' proxy statement. Cadwell's salary increased 20% to $478,543 from $400,174 in 1995, while his bonus rose 41% to $176,000 from $125,000. Meanwhile, Humana Chairman and CEO David Jones didn't get a bonus in 1996, which caused his pay to fall 31% to $973,500 from $1.4 million in 1995, according to the Louisville, Ky.-based company's annual proxy statement.