La. veteran Betts fired
* The board of East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, La., fired longtime CEO Peter Betts last week, citing performance issues. The 450-bed county-run hospital earned $16.8 million on revenue of $273 million in 2001 but is losing money on operations this year, a hospital spokeswoman said. The hospital has cut almost 200 jobs through layoffs and early retirements in the past few weeks. Hospital Medical Director Mark Peters, M.D., a family practitioner, will serve as interim replacement until a successor is chosen. Betts, 59, became president and CEO in 1982. He was quoted in the Times-Picayune as saying, "If the board doesn't want me anymore, they have that prerogative. I'm not entitled to that job. I have to earn it every day." Betts will receive $700,000 as part of a 14-year-old deferred compensation plan, the newspaper reported.
Malmud's succession complete
* John Daly, M.D., was named dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, the second part in choosing a successor to Leon Malmud, M.D. Daly, 54, is a surgeon with clinical and research interest in oncology, metabolism and nutrition. He will arrive as dean at Temple on Nov. 1 from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, where he was chairman of the department of surgery. A native Philadelphian and 1973 alumnus of Temple's medical school, Daly brings to Temple, as the principal investigator, two grants from the National Institutes of Health. "He will guide the Temple Medical School as we review the curriculum to meet the changes in healthcare for the disadvantaged in an environment of very limited resources," said Temple President David Adamany. "We are grateful to Dr. Daly for assuming leadership at Temple in a difficult time." Last year,Malmud stepped down as CEO of Temple University Health System and earlier this year as dean of Temple University School of Medicine to return to full-time teaching. Joseph Marshall III succeeded Malmud as chief of the seven-hospital health system.
SunLink gets new stars
* Investor-owned SunLink Health Systems, Atlanta, said it promoted two executives from its hospital-operating subsidiary to be CFO and COO of the parent company. Pete Morris, 54, was appointed CFO and Harry Alvis, 57, was appointed COO. Morris and Alvis both joined the subsidiary, SunLink Healthcare Corp., in February 2001 as president and senior vice president, respectively, and they will continue to fill those roles as well, the parent company said. "These are well-deserved promotions," said Robert Thornton Jr., chairman and CEO of the parent company. "Pete and Harry have been instrumental in bringing SunLink Healthcare's hospital operations to their current level, which is much higher than we expected when we acquired the (six) hospitals 15 months ago." Thornton relinquished his duties as CFO to Morris, while the COO position is new, a company spokesman said. Publicly traded SunLink operates six hospitals, each of which is the lone facility in its local market, as well as other related healthcare businesses.
CHA taps new officers
* The Catholic Health Association inaugurated new officers and elected its board of trustees during its 87th annual assembly last month in Chicago. Sister Patricia Eck, board chairwoman at Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md., was elected chairwoman of the CHA board. She succeeds Michael Collins, president and CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care System, Boston, who becomes the speaker for CHA's membership assembly. Richard Statuto, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif., was elected vice chairman, chairman-elect.He will lead the CHA board next year. Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of Providence Hospital, Washington, was elected to a three-year term as secretary and treasurer. The CHA also elected eight trustees to three-year terms. They are Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of California Catholic Conference, Sacramento; Stephanie Ferguson, a board member at Bon Secours; John Finan Jr., president and CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Baton Rouge, La.; Douglas French, president and CEO of Ascension Health, St. Louis; A. David Jimenez, executive vice president of Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati; Sister Jomary Trstensky, president of Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill.; and Sister Lynn Marie Welbig, chairwoman of Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.