Richard Magnuson has been named the chief financial officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., replacing interim CFO Kenneth Fisher. Magnuson begins at his new post on June 1, and comes from 626-bed Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, part of the Allina Hospitals & Clinics system, where he has been vice president of finance and operations. Magnuson, 41, will report directly to Melinda Estes, president of Fletcher Allen, Vermont's largest hospital with 529 beds, which in recent years has been trying to recover from a scandal in which former hospital officials allegedly lied about the cost and scope of an expansion project.
In other executive news, Thomas Litz has been hired as chief executive officer of financially troubled Carraway Methodist Health System, Birmingham, Ala., which has been managed since May 2002 by turnaround consultant Cambio Health Solutions of Brentwood, Tenn. Litz, 57, a veteran healthcare executive, resigned in August 2001 as president and CEO of ViaHealth, Rochester, N.Y., about three months after the system's controversial decision to close 269-bed Genesee Hospital. He will begin his new job March 29, Carraway officials said. Cambio will continue to work with the hospital on the development of a five-year strategic plan. Steve Blaine, Cambio's vice president and the hospital's interim CEO, said Litz "brings strategic insight and expertise in leading healthcare organizations through operational turnarounds." -- by Michael Romano and by Tony Fong