Ellen Zane, 51, president of Partners HealthCare System, Boston, has been named the 2003 chairwoman of the American Hospital Association's Section for Health Care Systems, succeeding Health Midwest President and CEO Richard Brown, whose term expires in February. Brown's system has been sold to HCA in a controversial deal that has wound up in a protracted legal battle over charitable assets. ... Premier, San Diego, has named Megan Barry, 39, as its first-ever vice president of ethics and compliance, a position created to address the code of conduct the hospital alliance adopted last year in the wake of congressional scrutiny of GPO business practices. ... Genesis Health Ventures, Kennett Square, Pa., has made Robert Fish the permanent chairman and CEO. Fish, 52, had been serving as interim CEO since May 2000. ... Christus Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi, Texas, named Kathryn McDonagh, 50, president and CEO, effective March 1. Meanwhile, parent Christus Health, which has 25 hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, named Richard Blair as board chairman. Blair recently retired as CFO, treasurer and vice president of finance and administration at Allina Health System, Minneapolis. ... W. Don Smith II, former president and CEO of Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital, died in early January of undisclosed causes at age 60. ... Phyllis Wingate-Jones, 49, has joined Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., as senior vice president of operations. ... Blues plans in Georgia and Kansas have new chiefs: John Watts, 43, a senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, has been named the Atlanta-based health insurer's new president and CEO. He replaces Rebecca Kapustay, 51, who will become an executive vice president at WellPoint Health Networks, Thousand Oaks, Calif., the parent company of the Georgia Blues. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has selected Michael Mattox, 53, to succeed John Knack when he retires from his post as president and CEO in June.
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