* MedCath Corp. announced that its COO, Mike Servais, resigned earlier this month, just weeks after the company released significantly lower first-half earnings that it blamed on a variety of operational and payer issues, including lower volumes at two of its heart hospitals.
President and CEO David Crane said Servais, 56, left to "pursue other opportunities," and his departure was not related to the earnings drop. Servais was replaced by Dennis Kelly, 46, who was the company's executive vice president of development and government. Previously, Kelly was vice president of government and national accounts for Siemens Medical Systems before joining the company in January 1999. Servais was hired at the Charlotte, N.C., heart hospital developer in July 2000.
* Dale Thompson, who has served as interim president and CEO of Benedictine Health System since January, was named to the post permanently.
Thompson, 55, brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management to the Duluth, Minn.-based system, which owns and operates more than 60 hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-care facilities.
"Dale has done outstanding work in the last four months leading our major system redesign effort as well as overseeing day-to-day operations," said Sister Kathleen Hofer, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. "Dale has provided a positive, stable and supportive environment to the BHS healthcare ministry."
Thompson was one of the founding partners of Health Dimensions, a long-term-care management corporation that became part of Benedictine in 1998. He is a past president of the American Health Care Association and Care Providers of Minnesota.
"BHS is an exceptional health system with a growing expertise as a collaborative partner and provider of rural health services and long-term care," Thompson said.