* The board chairman of Detroit Medical Center, Richard Gabrys, said he will step down from the post but remain an outside director as part of a new policy to reduce conflicts of interest. Gabrys also is vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche, which has done business with DMC.
"This is a brilliant plan to assure the public that DMC's standards of management, contracting and financial structure are all in line," he said.
Under the plan, the DMC board will be composed of inside directors, such as physicians, who have direct business relationships with the medical center; outside directors, who have business or financial relationships with the system; and independent directors who have no business or financial relationships with DMC. The board chairman and vice chairman must be independent directors and the medical center's CEO may no longer serve on the board but can attend meetings.
Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service both recently downgraded DMC's debt rating, citing escalating losses, poor liquidity and uncertainty about the system's future.
* Kris Doody-Chabre, CEO of 52-bed Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine, has won the American College of Healthcare Executives? Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent?s Award.
For Doody-Chabre, 40, the award marks the second time she has been recognized nationally for her healthcare managing skills. She was a Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 2002 (Sept. 16, 2002, p. 30).
At a presentation at a Maine Hospital Association meeting in Rockport, ACHE Regent Sister Mary Norberta Malinowski, president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine, said, "Kris is a very energetic person who really makes things happen. Her commitment to ongoing professional education and putting patients first makes her a very worthy recipient of this award."
Doody-Chabre, a registered nurse, started at Cary as a certified nurse assistant in 1982 and worked her way up to CEO by 1999.