CHICAGO-Advocate Health Care, a system of eight hospitals, announced a major restructuring that erases its regional divisions. Lloyd Dean was named executive vice president of operations for Advocate. Previously, Dean was one of three regional executive vice presidents. The heads of the south and north regions, Kevin Wardell and Ron Struxness, will be leaving the system after mid-June. An Advocate spokesman praised Wardell and Struxness for their good work, but he said the restructuring is "the right step to take in the evolution of the system." Advocate originally used its regional structure to facilitate geographic growth, but now it needs to focus its efforts on growing local market share, said Dan Parker, Advocate's vice president of public relations. Streamlining management should make that easier, Parker said. He declined to release the executives' ages.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A Midwestern network of 20 hospitals formally incorporated last month as Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System after roughly a decade of development. Kelby Krabbenhoft, 39, was named president and chief executive officer of the system. A former MODERN HEALTHCARE*Up & Comer, Krabbenhoft was recruited last December from Freeman Hospitals and Health System, Joplin, Mo. The system's flagship is 504-bed Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Six of the system's hospitals are leased and 13 are operated under management agreements, including 35-bed Windom (Minn.) Area Hospital, which agreed to a management contract last month. Most of the agreements are several years old. Krabbenhoft said the Sioux Valley system's next job is to fully integrate physicians. The network operates over eastern South Dakota, western Minnesota and northwest Iowa. It also encompasses 32 clinics, eight nursing homes and seven home healthcare facilities.