Michael Focht Sr., who left retirement to help Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., deal with a spate of problems, has returned to retirement again, the company said. Focht, 61, retired as Tenet's president and COO in 1999 but rejoined the company as executive vice chairman in January. In a written statement, Tenet President and CEO Trevor Fetter said, "Mike Focht was helpful in our efforts to stabilize Tenet over the past eight months." Focht spent 20 years at Tenet and its predecessor, National Medical Enterprises, before retiring. ... Valinda Rutledge, 48, has been named CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C. Rutledge succeeds Richard Neugent, who retired in May from the system, which has two hospitals and 319 beds. Rutledge comes to her new post from St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, where she had served as president since 1997. ... Two Chicago-area hospitals owned by Adventist Health System-Midwest shuffled top executive posts. Todd Werner, 35, the current CEO of La Grange (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, will take over as CEO of Hinsdale (Ill.) Hospital, succeeding Patricia Sutton, 65, who retired in August. Tim Cook, 42, vice president and COO of Hinsdale, becomes CEO of La Grange Memorial. ... William Lane, 62, has announced his retirement from his positions as president of Caritas Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center in Methuen, Mass., and senior vice president of parent company Caritas Christi Health Care, effective June 30, 2004. He has served as the hospital's president since 1971, when he reportedly became the youngest hospital administrator in state history.
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