* Via Christi Health Systems, Wichita, Kan., has named Kevin Conlin, president of the consulting division of Florida-based Cross Country Consulting, as president and CEO of the six-hospital system, effective immediately.
Conlin, 46, has 22 years of experience in healthcare administration including 10 years with the Daughters of Charity National Health System and Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the country. He replaces LeRoy Rheault who announced his retirement in February 2003 after serving as head of St. Joseph Medical Center and later as president and CEO of Via Christi.
Rheault, 63, was instrumental in the merger of St. Joseph and St. Francis to form Via Christi Regional Medical Center, also in Wichita. Conlin will oversee the 955-bed acute-care hospital as well as five other medical centers, seven senior communities, health plans, physician practices, research facilities and other health-related organizations serving patients in California, Kansas and Oklahoma. The system is Wichita's third-largest employer.
Via Christi board Chairman Phillip Neff said more than 150 system employees and medical staff members were involved in the long search.
* William Roper, the former chief of HCFA, predecessor to the CMS, and of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been named CEO of the University of North Carolina Health Care System, Chapel Hill, effective March 15. The university?s board of governors chose Roper to replace Jeffrey Houpt, who is retiring.
Roper will give up his duties as dean of the UNC School of Public Health but will add two new academic titles, dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. "We were extremely fortunate to find within our own ranks a seasoned administrator with the demonstrated expertise, ability and commitment to build on the very strong foundation established by Jeff Houpt," university President Molly Corbett Broad said in a news release.
Roper, 55, earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and his master?s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. A pediatrician by training, Roper worked in local and state public health jobs in his native Alabama before he started a series of Washington jobs in 1983. Roper was HCFA administrator from May 1986 to February 1989.