James Reinertsen, M.D., is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of HealthSystem Minnesota. Reinertsen, 50, has been CEO of Minneapolis-based HealthSystem Minnesota or one of its predecessors for 11 years. He expects to stay on the job through the end of the year. Reinertsen's future plans could include returning to medical practice, teaching or consulting. HealthSystem Minnesota was formed in 1993 through the merger of Park Nicollet Clinic and Methodist Hospital. He shared an ill-fated co-president arrangement with Robert Galloway, who retired a year later.
Kevin Lofton, 43, executive director of 828-bed University of Alabama Hospital, will resign Feb. 6 to become president of the southeast region of Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver. An interim chief executive officer has not been named. Lofton has been with Birmingham-based UAB since 1993. The American College of Healthcare Executives named him Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 1993 for his work as CEO of Howard University Hospital in Washington.
H. Stephen Lieber, executive director of the Emergency Nurses Association, will join the management ranks of the American Hospital Association next month. Lieber, 44, will be the new vice president of the AHA's division of personal membership groups, commonly known as PMGs. The AHA has 15 PMGs, which are membership organizations for a variety of employees within hospitals and healthcare systems. Lieber, who starts his new job Feb. 23, will be based in the AHA's Chicago office. He replaces Harry Bryan, who resigned in October 1996. Before joining the Park Ridge, Ill.-based Emergency Nurses Association in 1989, Lieber worked for six years at the Illinois Hospital and HealthSystems Association, most recently as its vice president of operations.
Dale St. Arnold, president and chief executive officer of Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System, announced his resignation this month to lead the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health System, a new system with seven hospitals in western New York. St. Arnold, 43, has been president and CEO at Mount Carmel since 1992. Senior vice president Joseph Calvaruso has been named interim CEO of Mount Carmel, a three-hospital system.
Rhode Island's largest hospital network, Lifespan Corp., will lose its top executive sooner than anticipated. President and Chief Executive Officer William Kreykes, 60, who previously had planned to resign at 62, said he will leave his current position to become vice chairman of the Lifespan board as soon as a successor is found. Kreykes said he had planned to hire an executive for a second-in-command position, who would be groomed as his successor. But recently he judged that a formal board search for his direct successor would yield the best likelihood of attracting a top-notch executive. Kreykes said he plans to stay on in support of the new CEO on a part-time basis. Meanwhile, the Lifespan board promoted Steve Baron to president of the company's Rhode Island division. Baron had been president of the combined academic medical center operation that includes Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital and Bradley Hospital, all in Providence, R.I.
Daniel Messina, 42, has replaced James Dickerson Jr. as chief financial officer of Aetna U.S. Healthcare. Messina will retain his position as vice president of business strategy. Dickerson resigned several weeks after third-quarter earnings at Aetna's healthcare unit plunged 96% to $3.7 million from $93.5 million. Aetna took a $103 million after-tax charge to increase reserves to cover a medical-claims backlog that built up as a result of layoffs. Dickerson was on the team working to integrate the healthcare operations of Aetna and U.S. Healthcare. Aetna acquired U.S. Healthcare in July 1996 for $8.9 billion.