* Glenn Steele Jr., M.D. last week was named president and chief executive officer of the Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa. The title is effective now but becomes full time on March 1. Steele, 56, joins the two-hospital system from the University of Chicago, where he was the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery for the University of Chicago Hospitals, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the biological sciences division and the Pritzker School of Medicine for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Geisinger also operates a 300,000-enrollee HMO and has 270 providers in its group practice. Steele replaces Victor Marks, M.D., who has served as interim president and CEO since July, when Stuart Heydt, M.D., retired after 27 years with the system. Also in July, the system dissolved its 3-year-old merger with Pennsylvania State University's Hershey Medical Center
* The board of directors of 422-bed St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore named Kenneth Bancroft as its president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 19, 2000. Bancroft replaced Robert Adams, who was asked to step down by the board. "The board felt that new leadership was needed given the environment the hospital is facing now," said St. Agnes spokesman John Welby. Adams had served as president and CEO since August 1998, and before that was chief operating officer. Bancroft, who has worked at St. Agnes since 1989, was chief financial officer before taking over the top post.
* Baptist Health System, San Antonio, announced last week that its chief executive officer since 1996, Fred Mills, has left to "pursue other interests." A committee will immediately begin the search for a replacement. The five-hospital system also said it has fallen out of compliance with bond covenants as a result of a financial loss and plans to hire a turnaround firm. Audited statements for the year ended Aug. 31, 2000, to be released shortly, will show a $60 million loss on operating revenue of $411 million, the system said. Chief Operating Officer Karen Ehrat has been named acting president and CEO.
* David Fletcher will retire in January 2002 as president and chief executive officer of Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, N.J. Fletcher, 59, has led Trinitas since January 2000, when 284-bed St. Elizabeth Hospital and 401-bed Elizabeth General Medical Center merged to form Trinitas. Fletcher joined Elizabeth General in 1967 as assistant director and was appointed its CEO in 1991. The hospital is undertaking a national search for a new chief executive, and Fletcher will step down when a successor is hired, said Sister Ann Maloney, chairwoman of the hospital's board of trustees.
* The leader of New Jersey's largest hospital resigned late last month. Fred Sganga, president and chief executive officer of 1,039-bed Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, said he would step down effective Jan. 19. He will continue to serve on the hospital's board of directors. Sganga said he was leaving to become executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also will teach.