* Dean Wilkerson, executive director of the national Mothers Against Drunk Driving for more than a decade, has been named to the same position with the American College of Emergency Physicians, a 22,000-member medical society. Wilkerson, 49, who will start at the ACEP in mid-April, replaces Colin Rorrie, who resigned about five months ago after leading the specialty organization for almost 20 years. J. Brian Hancock, president of the ACEP, says the appointment of a "seasoned advocate" such as Wilkerson comes at a crucial time when the group is facing key issues including overcrowding in emergency rooms, concerns about high medical liability premiums and federal funding for emergency care.
* California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Lucinda Ann Ehnes director of the Department of Managed Health Care, established in 2000 to regulate the state's health plans. Ehnes, 53, replaces Jim Tucker, who had served as acting director since January 2003, when founding director Daniel Zingale was named deputy chief of staff and cabinet secretary for former Gov. Gray Davis. Since last December, Ehnes has been division manager of self-funded health plans at the California Public Employees Retirement System, the nation's third-largest purchaser of healthcare. Before that, she served as the department's deputy director of plan and provider relations and as interim executive officer of the California Board of Optometry.
* Frank McCullough, who was president of Medical College of Ohio Hospitals, Toledo, and its 233-bed hospital from 1996 to 2003, died of prostate cancer at his home in Perrysburg, Ohio, last week. He was 63. McCullough, a board-certified gastroenterologist and Air Force veteran, joined the college in 1978 as a professor and chief of gastroenterology in the department of medicine. He helped launch the college's hospital in 1979 and during his career there held various positions including: chief administrative officer, chief of staff, executive vice president, medical director and vice president of clinical services.