The exodus continues. Patrick Morrisey, who served as deputy staff director and chief health counsel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has joined the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. He is the latest in a horde of congressional aides to leave Capitol Hill for a lucrative job after completing the Medicare reform effort. Morrisey, 36, was one of several health policy staffers who played a central role in writing and negotiating the Medicare prescription drug and reform bill President Bush signed into law late last year. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Morrisey later earned a law degree from Rutgers Law School, Newark, N.J. In his new position he will focus on healthcare legislative and regulatory matters.
Matthew Severance is returning to his Charleston, S.C., roots. The executive vice president and COO at Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, N.Y., has agreed to become CEO of Roper Hospital in Charleston, replacing John Sullivan, an interim CEO brought in by managing partner Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C. Severance was previously employed by Roper parent Roper St. Francis Healthcare from July 1990 until April 2001. He began in 1990 as an administrative resident and progressed to positions of greater responsibility, ultimately interim administrator. "It's an exciting opportunity to return to Roper Hospital, where I cut my teeth in hospital administration," he says. ... Richard Magnuson has been named CFO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., replacing interim CFO Kenneth Fisher. Magnuson begins his new post on June 1, and comes from 626-bed Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, part of the Allina Hospitals and Clinics system, where he has been vice president of finance and operations. Magnuson, 41, will report directly to Melinda Estes, president of Fletcher Allen. The hospital, Vermont's largest with 529 beds, in recent years has been trying to recover from a scandal in which former officials were alleged to have lied about the cost and scope of an expansion project. ... Province Healthcare Co., Brentwood, Tenn., says David Steffy will leave the company's board when his term expires in May. Steffy, a Province director since August 1997, was a co-founder of both Community Health Systems and hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare. Michael Haley, president and CEO of a manufacturing company, has been named to Province's board, effective immediately. ... Ronald Hudspeth, 64, has announced plans to retire on Sept. 1 as president of Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie (Texas), ending a 24-year career with various hospitals in Baylor Health Care System. A national search for a replacement will begin soon, officials say. Hudspeth guided Baylor Waxahachie as the facility successfully completed an $11.8 million expansion, bringing a new focus to outpatient care. ... Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., has promoted Diane Kiddy to director of government affairs for its behavioral health division. Kiddy, 51, has been active in political campaigns for 25 years and worked for Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell when he was a district attorney. Kiddy most recently was CEO of Fairmount Behavioral Health System, Philadelphia, which is owned by UHS.
St. Agnes HealthCare, Baltimore, has named Adrian Long as executive vice president and chief medical officer, replacing Steve Lowenthal, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Long, 53, will oversee St. Agnes' clinical departments, guide physician-related strategic initiatives, direct medical education and clinical residency programs, and oversee quality improvement and utilization management programs. He had been president and medical director of Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in Rockville, Md. for the past seven years.