The board of 2,268-bed New York Presbyterian Hospital has voted to conduct a nationwide search for a chief executive officer to succeed David Skinner, M.D., who plans to retire at the end of 2000, the Wall Street Journal reported April 16. Skinner turns 64 this week. In opening the search, the board is passing over would-be CEO William Speck, M.D., now second in command. Speck, 58, held the top post at Presbyterian Hospital before its December 1997 merger with New York Hospital. At deadline, New York Presbyterian had yet to release any statement and declined to answer any specific questions about the search or succession plan.
Allina Health System in Minneapolis has appointed Gordon Sprenger as its sole chief executive officer, dismantling a co-leadership arrangement that had been in place since Allina's formation in 1994. Sprenger, 61, previously held the title executive officer and shared leadership duties with James Ehlen, M.D. Ehlen, 55, will remain as president until May 31, when he will become an adviser to Sprenger. Sprenger, who served as 1996 chairman of the American Hospital Association, formerly headed not-for-profit HealthSpan Health Systems. Ehlen had been CEO of Medica, a managed-care company. The two companies merged in 1994.
Steven Baron, a top executive of Lifespan Corp., a Providence, R.I.-based regional healthcare system, will resign effective April 30. Baron, 53, is president of the Rhode Island division of Lifespan. A pending merger with Providence-based Care New England Health System would have required Baron to yield his post to John Hynes, now president and CEO of Care New England. That deal is under close scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission and the Rhode Island attorney general's office (April 12, p. 16). Baron would have headed general acute-care and nonacute-care services under the reorganization.
Paul Bolster, a former Georgia legislator and regional executive with the American Hospital Association, has been named president of St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services in Atlanta. Mercy Care is part of Saint Joseph Health System, which includes 346-bed Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta. Saint Joseph Health System also is part of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. Mercy Care works with underserved populations by providing clinical care, health education and social services. Before joining Mercy Care, Bolster, 55, worked for four years as an AHA regional executive, managing grass-roots advocacy programs in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.
Maxicare Health Plans' chief executive officer is resigning to pursue other business interests after overseeing the restructuring of the battered health plan. However, Peter Ratican, Maxicare's 55-year-old president, chairman and CEO, will remain with the Los Angeles-based managed-care company until June 30. Elwood Kleaver Jr., a Maxicare board member, will serve as interim chief operating officer during the transition. The company's board of directors has formed a search committee to find a permanent successor to Ratican, who has run the company since 1988. Last year, Maxicare lost $27.5 million on premium revenues of $727.2 million.