Rivaling the pace of healthcare change in the greater Philadelphia market is the rate at which executives there are swapping seats.
Next month, William T. Foley, 46, will leave his post as senior vice president for hospital operations at Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania Health System to become president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, Eastern Region, headquartered in Aston, Pa.
While UPHS searches for Foley's permanent replacement, Thomas E. Beeman, vice president for UPHS network operations, will have interim responsibility for hospital operations.
UPHS also lured J.H. Michael Agar, 59, away from Crozer-Keystone Health System this spring to become vice president for managed care, replacing Martha Marsh, who is being promoted next month to senior vice president for physician services.
Agar's marching orders are to double at-risk contracting volume with area payers to at least 200,000 enrollees over the next year from about 100,000 today.
At Crozer-Keystone, Agar was responsible for all contracting and was the principal architect and president of Crozer-Keystone's HMO, called Health Plans of Pennsylvania, one of eight participating in a national Medicare demonstration project.
In April, UPHS hired Allen L. Johnson as executive director of its Delaware division. Johnson, 62, retired as president and CEO of Medical Center of Delaware, Wilmington, in January. But after a few months of "doing projects around the house," he said he was ready to re-enter the healthcare fray.
Johnson will plot strategy for a likely expansion of UPHS into Delaware and consult on the integration of acquired hospitals, including Pennsylvania Hospital of Philadelphia. That acquisition is expected to be completed this summer.
To replace Johnson, Medical Center of Delaware promoted 60-year-old Charles Smith, M.D., to president and CEO from senior vice president for medical affairs.