John McMeekin, president and chief executive officer of Crozer-Keystone Health System, Springfield, Pa., and Carolyn Lewis, a trustee at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, are vying for chair of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees, the AHA said. McMeekin and Lewis are current board members. If approved by the AHA's House of Delegates next summer, either McMeekin or Lewis would become chairman-elect in 1999 and chairman in 2000. The AHA's current board chairman is Reginald Ballantyne III, president of PMH Health Resources, Phoenix. The chairman-elect is John King, president and CEO of Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore. Fred Brown, president and CEO of BJC Health System, St. Louis, is chairman-elect designate. King and Brown become chairman and chairman-elect, respectively, next month.
Dallas-based Physicians Resource Group named board member Richard Gilleland, 53, to the post of chairman, chief executive officer and president. Gilleland previously served as CEO and president of four companies. The change follows the recent acquisition of a 7.1% interest in the eye-care practice manager by an investment group led by Robert Alpert, president of Houston-based Danro Corp., which manages three investment partnerships. On Nov. 19, PRG announced that it fired Emmett Moore as chairman and CEO and ceased practice acquisitions for the near future. Also this month, PRG announced the closing of a line of credit with NationsBank-Tennessee of up to $20 million, which was used to terminate the company's $90 million of credit with a syndicate of banks. PRG has outstanding loans of about $12.5 million.
The American Nurses Association named Argene Carswell, 41, a registered nurse and lawyer, to be its interim executive director. Starting Jan. 1, Carswell replaces Geraldine Marullo, 46, who is leaving the ANA to become president and chief executive officer of Child and Family Services of Hawaii. Carswell has a long history in human resources and labor relations and has served in several top ANA posts, such as deputy executive director for leadership services, subsidiaries and support services. The ANA plans to search for a permanent executive director.
Morton Madoff, M.D., the founder of Tufts Health Plan, stepped down Dec. 1 as the HMO's chairman. He will remain on the board of the HMO and its parent company, Tufts Associated Health Plans. Madoff, 70, started the health plan in 1979. It now has more than 800,000 enrollees. Harris Berman, M.D., the HMO's chief executive officer, will succeed Madoff as chairman. Berman was a founder of another New England HMO, Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, N.H., which recently became part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire. Berman, 59, joined Tufts in 1986.
William Parrish, former president and chief executive officer of King's Daughters' Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., was sentenced earlier this month to a probated 90-day jail term for illegally aiding Catlettsburg, Ky., Mayor Rudy Dunnigan's 1995 re-election campaign. Circuit Judge C. David Hagerman also ordered Parrish to pay a $1,000 fine, plus $93 in court costs. Hagerman told Parrish he "put a bruise" on the hospital, "but it's such a heartbeat that that bruise will heal." Parrish, who still lives in the area, has already been publicly humiliated by his crime, Hagerman noted. He lost his job and the controversy has likely impaired his future ability to land another. Parrish pleaded guilty in October to two misdemeanor counts of criminal facilitation to make a corporate contribution to a candidate for public office. Each count carried a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $500 fine. Parrish's attorney, Bill Johnson of Lexington, said his client did not recognize the seriousness of his actions when he corralled hospital workers to rally behind Dunnigan.