Change is in the air at 45-hospital Trinity Health, Novi, Mich. William Kreykes, 66, has been named board chair. He's a former CEO of Lifespan, Providence, R.I., and was on the board of Holy Cross Health System before it merged with Mercy Health Services in May 2000 to form Trinity. Kreykes replaces James Hendricks, 66, who had served as board chair since the merger. Meanwhile, Trinity's sponsoring organization, Catholic Health Ministries, has added its first laypersons to its governing board. "Partnering with the laity to help assure the Catholic identity and mission of Trinity Health is important for the future sponsorship of Catholic healthcare," says Sister Catherine DeClercq, Trinity's vice president of governance and sponsorship. The new members are Robert Ladenburger, president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., and Norma Smith, a Detroit-based consultant. Finally, Peter Karadjoff, 39, interim president and CEO of Trinity-owned Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, Mich., has won the job on a permanent basis. He replaced Mary Trimmer, who became a senior vice president of Trinity. ... St. Mary's/Duluth (Minn.) Clinic Health System has created the new position of executive vice president and COO to oversee operations within each of its main facilities. James Cherveny, 59, takes the post at St. Mary's Medical Center. He had worked for the system as senior vice president and COO for acute care, and most recently was president and CEO of Balanced Perspectives Healthcare Consulting in Duluth. ... Mary Johnson, 46, the system's senior vice president and COO, was named executive vice president and COO of Duluth Clinic. Tom Klassen, 40, the system's senior vice president and chief corporate officer, was named executive vice president and COO of Miller-Dwan Medical Center. The changes reflect a decentralization of management, officials say. ... Karen Himle, 51, has been named executive vice president of Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, and president of its Children's Foundation. She had served as senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, of the St. Paul Cos. Himle replaces Nancy Haskin as foundation president. ... Steve Blaine, senior vice president of Cambio Health Solutions, Brentwood, Tenn., is serving as interim CEO of Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Ala., while officials seek a permanent top executive. He replaces Cathy Fickes, who had been on contract as Carraway's chief for almost two years until her departure last month. ... Iasis Healthcare Corp., Franklin, Tenn., named two new executives to lead its newest hospital, Lake Mead Hospital Medical Center, North Las Vegas, Nev. Iasis bought the hospital earlier this month from Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., for $25 million. Craig Preston was appointed CEO and J. Cory Countryman was appointed COO. Preston has been CEO of HCA's Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, Utah, for the past 61/2 years. Countryman was most recently assistant administrator at Iasis-owned Odessa (Texas) Regional Hospital. Iasis owns or operates 15 hospitals. ... Jeannie Frey, 45, has been named to the newly created post of senior vice president of legal affairs at Resurrection Health Care, Chicago. She was previously a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery, Resurrection Health Care's primary law firm, where she specialized in healthcare law for more than eight years. ... James Ross will take over as executive director of University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, effective April 1, at a base salary of $350,000, officials say. Ross is currently president and COO of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. At Missouri, Ross inherits a system that has made a fiscal about-face after losing almost $40 million from fiscal 2000 to 2002. In September 2002, the university hired turnaround firm the Hunter Group to run the system, and last year the system posted an $8.4 million gain. Hunter is predicting profits of about $15 million for the current fiscal year.
Morton Plant Mease Health Care, Clearwater, Fla., has named Roger Ray as chief medical officer. Ray comes to the system from AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C., where he was executive vice president and CMO. AnMed includes Anderson Area Medical Center, a 393-bed acute-care hospital. "The premier health systems in our country five years from now will provide resources-both technologies and human resources-to support continuously the decisions that physicians make," Ray says.
Hilda Heady, 55, has been named president-elect of the National Rural Health Association, Kansas City, Mo. Heady is executive director of the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships and associate vice president of rural health for West Virginia University, Morgantown. Heady's term will begin next January when she replaces NRHA President David Sniff, the interim CEO of Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Ill. ... The American Hospital Association's Section for Long Term Care and Rehabilitation has named Judith Waterston, 54, chairwoman. She serves as president and CEO of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston. Waterston replaces Kathleen Murphy, 51, vice president of rehabilitation and post-acute care for St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Patricia Nolan, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Melissa McDiarmid, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, have been named by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson as chairwomen of two advisory committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nolan will head a committee advising the director of the National Center for Environmental Health. McDiarmid will chair the Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.