Career official wins CMS post
* Wallace Fung has been named the first chief technology officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Fung, 54, is charged with modernizing the CMS' information services, which include contractor reform and the HealthCare Integrated General Ledger Accounting System. He moves over from the CMS' Office of Information Services, where he maintained the CMS data infrastructure for Medicare and Medicaid programs. Fung is a 30-year career employee with the federal government. He previously served as the Internal Revenue Service's deputy director of modernization security and the deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Treasury Department's financial management services office. He also has worked in the U.S. Information Agency and the Defense Department.
* Ronald Gade, M.D., will take over as interim president and CEO of 653-bed Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York on Sept. 1, succeeding Frederick Alley, who is retiring after 34 years with the hospital. Gade has been president and CEO of 655-bed St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx for the past 20 years. He will continue in that capacity while performing his new duties in Brooklyn as the hospital board continues its search for a permanent president. Gade, 58, has overseen St. Barnabas' transformation from a community facility to a comprehensive healthcare center providing a full range of services. In 1998, he helped engineer an affiliation with New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, which also has Brooklyn Hospital Center as a member.
Consultant turns administrator
* Louis Shapiro has been named chief administrative officer of clinic operations at 352-bed Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. Shapiro, 42, will be responsible for the operational management of the clinic, the systemwide services based at the hospital, the development of new clinical services and facilitating a program of continuous operational improvement. Shapiro comes to Geisinger from the international consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he was a senior practice consultant. While at McKinsey, Shapiro worked closely with the two-hospital Geisinger Health System and other hospital systems across the country on performance and operational improvement. He also previously served as senior vice president of 420-bed Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh; executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia; and senior vice president of network development and vice president of operations at Alle- gheny General Hospital. Shapiro replaces Ted Townsend, who resigned in January.
Mercy in Maine gets new CEO
* Eileen Skinner has been named president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Maine, Portland, effective Sept. 16. Skinner, 49, replaces Howard Buckley, who is retiring. Skinner will oversee a $130 million relocation and construction of the system's largest facility, 161-bed Mercy Hospital of Portland. The hospital expects to break ground on its 28-acre site, located three miles away, next year and plans to move onto the campus in 2006. Mercy Health System also includes Mercy Westbrook, Mercy Primary Care Centers, VNA Home Health Care, Gary's House and McAuley Residence, all in Maine. It is a member of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East, a system with facilities in 11 Eastern states. A New Orleans native, Skinner spent 14 years at 426-bed Ochsner Foundation Hospital, where she most recently served as CEO. She left the position last year when the New Orleans hospital was folded into its parent not-for-profit academic organization, the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, where Skinner had served as vice president.
Promotion in The Dalles
* Duane Francis, 46, has been promoted to president of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, in The Dalles, Ore. He takes over for Mark Scott, who was at the helm of the 49-bed hospital for 17 years before retiring in the spring. "My goal is to build on the existing landscape," said Francis, who had been senior vice president since 1996. The facility, part of the Planetree model of patient-centered care and long known as a "hospital with a heart," also turned in a tidy profit of $2 million in 2001. Mid-Columbia opened a cutting-edge cancer center last year which was the first of its kind in Oregon. Located in Wasco County, where the median age is 40, the hospital is committed to the needs of senior citizens, making sure it has "the resources in place to serve the generation we owe everything to," Francis said. He began his career at Utah Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City as a financial analyst. In 1984, he joined Mid-Columbia as controller, and was promoted a few years later to CFO. In 1991 he left the hospital to become vice president of finance for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore., until he was called back to Mid-Columbia by Scott in 1996.
Gintzig wins Tenn. post
* Saint Thomas Health Services, Nashville, named Donald Gintzig president of 189-bed Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Gintzig replaces Arthur Hastings, who retired in April. R. Bruce James had served as acting president and will return to his role as executive vice president and COO when Gintzig begins his new job in September. "Donald will bring a breadth of experience to an already strong leadership team at (the hospital)," said Thomas Beeman, president of five-hospital Saint Thomas. Since 1992, Gintzig, 42, has been president and CEO of 203-bed Pottsville (Pa.) Hospital and Warne Clinic. From 1988 to 1992, Gintzig was CEO and administrator of Lutheran General Hospital, San Antonio, which has since closed. Gintzig is also a captain in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve, with duties as director of administration for a 500-bed combat zone fleet hospital.
Finney out at Kindred
* Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky., an-nounced that Donald Finney, president of the long-term-care company's nursing home division, has resigned. Company officials did not provide a reason for the departure of Finney, 54, who had been president of Kindred's health services division since 1999 when the company was known as Vencor. Kindred's nursing operations-290 skilled-nursing centers in 32 states-account for 55% of its revenue; its long-term acute-care hospital business with 64 hospitals and four pulmonary units in 26 states make up the rest. Paul Diaz, 40, who was named president and COO of Kindred in February, will assume responsibility for the nursing home operations on an interim basis. "We are fortunate to have an experienced operator such as Paul Diaz available to manage our nursing center operations during this transition period and to further build on the successes we have achieved in our health services division," said Edward Kuntz, Kindred's chairman and CEO. The company recently announced that its board of directors had approved the repurchase of up to $35 million of the company's common stock and that the company had reduced its debt by $50 million.