MODERN HEALTHCARE is implementing a number of important changes in its editorial department. The changes, effective June 30, include:
Senior Editor Neil McLaughlin is being promoted to managing editor. McLaughlin, 45, joined MODERN HEALTHCARE*in 1986 as a reporter after a distinguished seven-year career with the Associated Press in Washington, Chicago and Springfield, Ill. He also has been a copy editor and news editor for MODERN HEALTHCARE.
As managing editor, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the magazine. He succeeds Karen Petitte, who recently was appointed editor of our sister publication, Modern Physician.
The magazine is opening a bureau in Nashville, which will be staffed by Patricia Limbacher. She joins MODERN HEALTHCARE*from the Washington bureau of Pensions & Investments, another publication owned by Crain Communications. Prior to joining P&I, she was a general assignment reporter for the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Limbacher, 31, will cover the nation's investor-owned hospital companies, as well as spot news in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. She can be reached next month at 615-371-6620. The bureau's fax number will be 615-371-6626.
Bruce Japsen, the Chicago-based reporter who had covered the investor-owned chains, now will handle healthcare economics and not-for-profit systems. Japsen will follow spot news in Illinois, Iowa and Texas. He succeeds Lisa Scott, who will move to the copy desk.
Deanna Bellandi is a new Chicago reporter who is covering legal affairs and rural, children's and teaching hospitals. Bellandi, 29, spent the past six years as a reporter for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune. Her assigned states include Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Deanna can be reached at 312-649-5285.
Clark W. Bell