Michael Parsons has begun his term as board chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals, Washington. Parsons, COO and executive vice president of Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas, takes over for Wayne Smith, chairman, president and CEO of Community Health Systems, Brentwood, Tenn. "I look forward to (Parsons') guidance and direction on the many challenges facing the industry, ranging from the disposition of physician-owned specialty hospitals to driving home solutions to address the problem of providing coverage for the uninsured," says federation President Chip Kahn. Kenneth Donahey, chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, became the federation's chairman-elect; Bruce Gilbert, general counsel with Universal Health Services, was re-elected treasurer; and Barry Schochet, vice chairman with Tenet Healthcare Corp., became the board's new secretary. ... Richard Henault, the executive vice president of Methodist Health System Foundation, New Orleans, has begun his term as chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Samuel Odle, senior vice president of Clarian Health and chief administrative officer of Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, is the ACHE's chairman-elect. ... The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, Chicago, has named five new board members. The alliance is a partnership of leaders from all healthcare sectors working to use technology to improve quality of care and operating performance. The new members "reflect the alliance's diverse partnership of leaders from all sectors of healthcare, and they are eager to help the alliance build on its strong foundation," says Gary Mecklenburg, chairman of the group and president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago. The new board members are Linda Kloss, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, Chicago; Rusty Lewis, president, AmerisourceBergen Technology Solutions, Valley Forge, Pa.; Catherine Mecker, director of e-business for Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis; Thomas Miller, president and CEO, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corp., Malvern, Pa.; and Tom Wilder, vice president of private market regulation, American Association of Health Plans, Washington. ... J. Kendall Anderson, president and CEO of John Muir Mount Diablo Health System, Walnut Creek, Calif., has been elected 2004 chairman of the California Healthcare Association's board of trustees.
Barbara Rossman, 56, has been promoted to president and CEO of St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb, Clinton Township, Mich. She had served as vice president and COO. Rossman replaces Jack Weiner, 55, who was named president and CEO of affiliated St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich., last year. Both are part of the Trinity Health system. ... Dorothy Sawyer, CEO of Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. She has been replaced on an interim basis by John Smithhisler, previously president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif., and has been a consultant specializing in strategic planning. ... Barton Buxton, 42, has been named president and CEO of Lapeer (Mich.) Regional Hospital. He had served as COO of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Rochester, Mich. Buxton replaces Donald Kooy, who has become president and CEO of McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, Mich. ... Gail Margolis, former deputy director of the California Department of Health Services, has been named vice president of government and public policy at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She replaces Louann Kitchen, who has opened a consulting practice in Los Angeles.
PacifiCare Health Systems named President and CEO Howard Phanstiel to the additional post of chairman. He replaces David Reed, who assumed the newly created position of lead independent director, an annually elected liaison between PacifiCare management and the independent board. Phanstiel, 54, joined PacifiCare as CFO in July 2000 and was named president and CEO later that year. Reed, 70, had been chairman since 1999 and a director since 1992. ... Jeff Folick, 56, has taken over as president of Health Net of the Northeast, Shelton, Conn., replacing Eileen Auen, who served in the post for less than a year. The Health Net unit, with 1 million members in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, has been suffering from enrollment declines in Connecticut and contractual difficulties in New Jersey. Folick has been executive vice president of regional health plans and specialty companies for parent Health Net, Los Angeles. ... APS Healthcare, Silver Spring, Md., has named Cheryl Stacey, 54, senior vice president of medical management and Kristin Blasko, 41, vice president of product development. Stacey had served as vice president of operations for IBA Health Plans, Kalamazoo, Mich. Blasko had served as vice president of clinical programs for UnitedHealth Group, Minneapolis.
William Roper, who won't officially take over as head of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care System until March 15, has been busy already. He has promoted Robert Golden to vice dean of the UNC School of Medicine, where he will assist Roper in medical education, research, faculty affairs and other areas. Golden had been chairman of the UNC department of psychiatry. Also, Marschall Runge, now chairman of the UNC department of medicine, was appointed president of UNC Physicians and will supervise the faculty practice plan, 870-doctor UNC Physicians & Associates.