Daniel D. Crowley, 49, has stepped down as chairman of Foundation Health Systems 11 months ahead of schedule, allowing 58-year-old Malik Hasan, M.D., to be named chairman and chief executive officer. Jay M. Gellert, 43, has been named president and chief operating officer. Crowley was formerly chairman, president and CEO of Foundation Health Corp., which merged with Health Systems International on April 1. Under the merger agreement, Hasan was scheduled to succeed Crowley as chairman one year after the merger. "My goal has been to oversee a solid transition and then move on," Crowley said in a statement. Crowley has received most of a severance package of a little more than $21 million, including his first year's salary as a consultant to the company. Under the agree-ment, he will serve as a consultant for three years.
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s Ohio division president, Peter G. Reibold, announced his retirement. Reibold said he will remain with the company until mid-August or until a replacement is found. Reibold, 56, was president and chief executive officer of Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System for six years before it created a joint venture with Columbia in November 1995. Reibold has served as the Ohio division's top executive since its formation in December 1995.
Laura Campbell Ortale, 32, has left her post as executive director of the Nashville Health Care Council to form her own business. Ortale is launching Laura Campbell Ortale & Associates, a Nashville-based firm that will assist new and existing businesses in their strategic planning, marketing and communications efforts. Ortale helped lead the council, formed two years ago, to become a 44-member organization with a three-year budget of $1.3 million (May 5, p. 104). The council is part of Partnership 2000, an economic develop-ment initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Ortale's resignation was effective May 16, but she plans to continue to work with the council until it finds a successor. She also plans to stay involved with the council as a founding board member.
Cheryl M. Scott will become president of Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. Philip Nudelman, former president, is stepping aside to become president of Kaiser/Group Health, the mergerlike partnership being formed between Kaiser Permanente and Group Health (May 12, p. 14). Scott, 47, has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Group Health since 1991. The boards of Kaiser and Group Health have approved the not-for-profit affiliation, which still needs federal tax clearance. A full transition of the two organizations into their partnership isn't expected to be completed until mid-September, a Group Health spokesman said.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association has appointed Elizabeth Propp as vice president of its Washington office, effective June 2. Propp, 37, previously was chief financial officer of Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas. Propp re-places Wendy Herr, who left the position in March to become director of managed-care regulatory compliance in the Washington office of Price Waterhouse (March 17, p. 16).