Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., has tapped Denise Williams, a Chicago hospital executive, to succeed ousted President and Chief Executive Officer J. Michael Galvin Jr.
The hospital's board of trustees terminated Galvin last June for allegedly misusing $2.1 million in hospital funds (June 10, 1996, p. 4). The status of the hospital's efforts to reclaim the money isn't known. Galvin's attorney wasn't available for comment at deadline.
The appointment of Williams, president and CEO of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, caps a difficult chapter in Memorial's history. The 152-bed hospital has been operating under interim management provided by the Hunter Group, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based hospital management company.
But Williams, who joins Memorial in September, has had troubles of her own. A fire at 128-bed Roseland this January killed two patients, injured several others and landed the hospital on "accreditation watch," or probation, with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. One of the hospital's patients reportedly set his mattress ablaze while using a cigarette lighter to remove leather bed restraints.
Two months later, the JCAHO took the hospital off its watch list and restored its full accreditation based on follow-up documentation submitted by the hospital.
Ernest L. Jolly, chairman of Memorial's board, said the board's search committee was aware of the fire at Roseland and was satisfied with the information it received regarding the incident.
Williams has headed Roseland since 1986. In 1990, the American College of Healthcare Executives recognized her as its "Young Executive of the Year."
Galvin won the same award 12 years earlier.