The Federation of American Hospitals, the trade association representing the nation's for-profit hospitals, is forging ahead in its search for a replacement for its president and chief executive officer, Thomas Scully.
The federation has hired executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates and has scheduled a meeting of its internal search committee for May 15 to interview a handful of finalist candidates, several sources involved said.
"I'd say the process is gearing up," said Bruce Gilbert, general counsel for Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., and a member of the federation's search committee.
The other members of the internal committee are Martin Rash, federation board chairman and president and CEO of Province Healthcare Co.; Barry Schochet, vice chairman of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and former federation chairman; Victor Campbell, senior vice president of HCA-The Healthcare Co.; Michael Bromberg, federation vice chairman; Sylvia Urlich, president of Westchester General Hospital, Miami; James Shelton, chairman and CEO of Triad Hospitals; and James Dalton, former president and CEO of Quorum Health Group, which Triad recently bought.
President Bush last week formally sent Congress Scully's nomination to be HCFA's new administrator, although the Senate Finance Committee has not scheduled a hearing for his confirmation. Scully, 43, meanwhile, is serving as part-time consultant to HCFA as he awaits final confirmation.
Laura Thevenot, the federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer, is serving as acting president and CEO of the federation until a permanent CEO is named.