Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco, late last week named Lloyd Dean, 49, its new president and chief executive officer, replacing Richard Kramer, who resigned last year amid mounting losses at CHW. Dean, who starts June 1, is executive vice president and chief operating officer of eight-hospital Advocate Health Care, Chicago. CHW has 48 hospitals and 40,000 employees.
Stanford (Calif.) University Health Services late last week named two executives as chief executive officers of the system's two hospitals, effective immediately. Malinda Mitchell, 55, is the new top executive of 440-bed Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She was the hospital's chief operating officer. And Christopher Dawes, 49, is the CEO of nearby 162-bed Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto. He was that hospital's COO. The system dissolved its 27-month-old merger with UCSF Medical Center on March 31 (See related story, p. 38).
HealthSouth Corp. on Friday agreed to pay $1.1 million to the federal government and the state of Alaska to settle allegations of Medicaid billing fraud. The allegations relate to four clinics Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth purchased in September 1997. The clinics, formerly known as North Care Centers, allegedly misrepresented the services they provided, kept inadequate records and submitted double billings from 1992 to 1998. HealthSouth, which admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement, recently amended language in its annual report regarding its potential liability for billing problems (April 3, p. 2).
SemperCare, a Dallas-based company that develops long-term acute-care facilities, said Friday that it will merge with another privately held company in its field, NextCare Hospitals, which is based in Austin. SemperCare President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Lefton will retain those titles at the combined company. The deal is expected to close May 15. Together, the companies have five facilities in operation and six under development.