Hank Walker, president and CEO of Providence Health System, Seattle, is not coming back from sabbatical and is officially retiring at the end of April. John Koster, executive vice president and COO, has been named acting president and CEO. Walker, 57, has headed Providence since 1997 and has been on sabbatical since October 2003. A system spokeswoman says Walker simply decided it was time to retire. ... Trinity Health, Novi, Mich., has named Cheryln Chin, 41, and Lawrence Damron, 58, to its board of directors. Chin serves as vice president of sales operations for Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, Calif., and Damron serves as senior vice president and CFO of Aksys, a medical products and services company based in Lincolnshire, Ill. ... W. Gene Winters, 40, has been promoted to CFO of Regency Hospital Co., Alpharetta, Ga. He had been vice president of finance. ... Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., has named Elizabeth Fallon, 49, vice president of marketing and planning. She was director of business development and planning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. ... Shirley Hsing has been named CFO of North Oaks Health System, Hammond, La. She served as finance director and controller at the system for 17 years.
Christine Seitz has been named to the new position of chief nursing officer/executive vice president of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis. Seitz has been vice president of patient care and operations at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. She will focus on implementing an automated medical record and clinical-care framework. ... Anne Shirah Dykes, 48, has been given the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award for 2004 by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Harrisburg, Pa. She serves as clinical nurse specialist for St. Joseph's/Candler, Savannah, Ga.