* Lester Crawford, a veterinarian by training, will become the acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, replacing Mark McClellan, who was nominated to head the CMS last week. Crawford, 65, also served as acting commissioner of the FDA before McClellan joined the agency in November 2002. Crawford has been instrumental in the FDA's work on mad cow disease and had been serving as deputy commissioner.
Before joining the FDA, he was head of the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. From 1987 to 1991, he was administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and served as director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine from 1978 to 1980 and 1982 to 1985. Crawford also has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
* LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., says it is revamping its management team with a series of promotions and the addition of three new positions.
William Carpenter III was named executive vice president, an addition to his duties as chief development officer, general counsel, secretary and corporate governance officer. Carpenter joined the company in 1998, when HCA was preparing for the 1999 spinoff of LifePoint.
William Gracey, who has served as president of the company's national division, will fill another new position, COO.
R. Scott Raplee was promoted to the third new position, senior vice president and operations CFO. Raplee, who has been CFO of the national division that oversees the company's hospitals in Alabama, Louisiana and West Virginia, will continue reporting to Gracey.
Michael Wiechart is the new president of the national division.