It has been a hectic time on the association front. Jeptha Dalston, 73, is stepping down as president and CEO of the Arlington, Va.-based Association of University Programs in Health Administration. In an e-mail to friends and colleagues last week, Dalston said he was retiring from the post after five years, effective June 30. Dalston said he would continue in his role as president and CEO of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. Dalston said his continued role at the accrediting commission, where he will focus on operational and strategic objectives, would benefit both organizations. Last year, Dalston resigned from the board of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. ... The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society named its current chairman, David Garets, president and CEO of a new subsidiary formed to collect and sell information and research on information technology to the healthcare industry. Garets, executive vice president of Healthlink, a Houston-based healthcare consulting firm, will assume the new post May 1. He also will resign from the remainder of his one-year term as chairman. The Chicago-based HIMSS announced in February the formation of the separate unit to expand a Web-based IT decision-assistance service called Solutions Toolkit. The service, which was not meeting revenue expectations, will be transferred to the new subsidiary. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS president and CEO, will add to his duties, taking on the title of board chairman of the yet-to-be-named subsidiary. ... Jean Bartels, professor and chair of the school of nursing at Georgia Southern University, was elected president of the Washington-based American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Bartels, who had served on the association's board since 1995, has provided guidance in the creation of the new role of clinical nurse leader. She also has testified before Congress on education and the workplace. Bartels will serve a two-year term. ... Patti Jamieson-Baker has been elected president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Rockville, Md., replacing Cary Presant, president of the California Cancer Medical Center, West Covina. Jamieson-Baker is executive director of the Cancer Institute at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Richard Statuto, 45, is resigning as president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif., after nine years on the job, effective Oct. 30. Statuto has not lined up another job, but he said in a news release that he will be joining his wife and four children in Gettysburg, Pa. Statuto, who also serves as chairman of the Catholic Health Association board, came to the 14-hospital system in 1990 as vice president of planning and marketing. During his tenure, the system added six hospitals and quadrupled net revenue. "While I am saddened to leave this organization, I have the utmost confidence in the experience, stability and talent of the leadership team we have in place," Statuto said. The system's board has hired a search firm and hopes to name a new president and CEO by September. ... Angeline Marano has been named COO of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington, Vt., in yet another management change as the hospital moves away from a scandal over an expansion project that led to the resignation of CEO William Boettcher and other executives. In August 2003, Melinda Estes was named president and CEO of the hospital, and late last month Richard Magnuson was named its new CFO. Marano, 46, has been senior operating officer at University Hospitals of Cleveland.