Charles Marr, 61, has announced he'll retire as CEO of seven-hospital Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., effective June 30, 2004. Marr said the time was right, with the opening of $64 million Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital in west Omaha next year, completing expansion plans. ... David Samuel, CFO of financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, will resign his position Oct. 31 but remain as a senior adviser to the system. Officials said Samuel wants to apply his expertise outside the healthcare sector. Samuel was named CFO of 456-bed Western Pennsylvania Hospital, a key member of six-hospital West Penn Allegheny, in 1997 and went on to become CFO of the newly merged system in 1999. Allegheny General Hospital CFO Dawn Javersack will fill Samuel's position on an interim basis. ... Jerome Hauer, 51, is leaving his post as the top antibioterror official at HHS to head up the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute at George Washington University in Washington, where he will train first responders in the Washington area. Hauer has been assistant secretary of HHS' Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness since May 2002. ... Heidi Kunz, 48, has been named CFO of Blue Shield of California, San Francisco. She replaces Paul Swenson, who was appointed to the new position of executive vice president of corporate development and will manage the insurer's involvement in TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which has been awarded a $10 billion Tricare military contract by the U.S. Defense Department. ... Amy Mansue is the new president and CEO of Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, N.J. Mansue, 39, was a 1998 Modern Healthcare Up & Comer. She succeeds Charles Riley, who died in March. Mansue served on the board of Children's from 1995 to 1999.
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