MaryAnn Aelmans-Digman, CEO of 140-bed Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, N.M., resigned yesterday with no public explanation. Aelmans-Digman, 57, had been CEO since July 2000 and previously COO. The hospital hired turnaround firm WellSpring Partners in January. It began losing significant revenue last year after Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas, opened a competing facility in the market, spokesman Renee Frank said. The Las Cruces City Council and the Dona Ana County Commission, which lease the hospital to a private not-for-profit corporation, decided last month to reassume control of the hospital after its administration announced plans to close some services. The hospital's board appointed neurosurgeon Bruce San Filippo as interim CEO.
In other people news, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., named a new director and set its annual meeting for July 23, marking the end of Jeffrey Barbakow's decade-long tenure as chairman. Barbakow will remain CEO. Robert Nakasone, former CEO of Toys "R" Us, was elected as the 12th board member. Two more independent directors will be named by the annual meeting, when the four longest-serving directors, including Barbakow, step down. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic and Vince Galloro