* WakeMed, Raleigh, N.C., has chosen Bill Atkinson to be president and CEO of the two-campus, 726-bed system effective July 1. Atkinson, 49, is president and CEO of New Hanover Health Network, Wilmington, N.C. He will replace Raymond Champ, 62, who plans to retire in July after nearly 20 years with WakeMed. "I absolutely love the role I was in at New Hanover Health Network ... but I think the WakeMed board just showed me the ability to reach out and help more people than I was able to do at my last job," Atkinson said. The bulk of Atkinson's hospital management career has been on the investor-owned side of the business, working for both Humana, Louisville, Ky., and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Nashville, as a hospital administrator and development manager. "I think I learned a lot about systems and the importance of information systems and ... everything from coordination of work efforts to branding," Atkinson said of his investor-owned work, "but I'm also intrigued with the public mission that I've been involved in for the last six years."
* The largest private hospital in Washington has a new president. Starting May 12, James Caldas will take over the reins of Washington Hospital Center, succeeding Myles Lash who has been serving as interim president since June 2002 when former president Michael Covert departed by mutual agreement with the hospital.
Caldas, 53, is currently president of home health and community services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del. Christiana owns two hospitals with almost 1,100 beds.
Caldas has been affiliated with Christiana since 1987 when he took over as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Christiana, Caldas was at New York University Medical Center and Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.
"(Caldas) has demonstrated extensive experience leading clinical and service quality-improvement efforts," said Kenneth Samet, president and COO of MedStar Health. MedStar owns 869-bed Washington Hospital.