Brian Dietz, 47, who joined 144-bed Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Ind., in January as its president and CEO, abruptly resigned from the Hamilton County-owned hospital May 11 by mutual decision. Pat Fox, a nurse who was named COO in February, was appointed interim CEO. Riverview board Chairman Greg Wiles says the hospital is profitable but would not disclose the reason Dietz left, citing a confidentiality agreement. Dietz replaced former Riverview President and CEO Seward Horner, 61, who retired earlier this year. ... OhioHealth, Columbus, has named Robert Millen, 51, senior vice president and COO. He had served as executive vice president and COO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, New Bedford, Mass. Millen replaces David Blom, who was promoted to president of seven-hospital OhioHealth, which also has another seven affiliated hospitals and numerous other facilities in central Ohio. ... Judy Brown, 51, has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO of Good Shepherd Health System, Longview, Texas. In her new role, she will assume additional strategic responsibilities and will direct external affiliations for the system including the recent affiliation with Henderson (Texas) Memorial Hospital. She will also continue to serve as board chairwoman of Champion EMS, a regional emergency medical service developed in partnership with Trinity Mother Frances Health System. ... Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, has chosen Jonathan Goble, 46, as CEO of its next hospital, Clarian North Medical Center, a 170-bed facility being built in Carmel, Ind., and set to open in the fall of 2005. Goble most recently served as president and CEO of LaPorte (Ind.) Regional Health System. ... Deborah Counts has been named vice president of patient-care services/chief nurse executive at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit. She had served as administrative director of acute-care services. Counts replaces Patricia Felton, a consultant who held the post on an interim basis. ... John Wilker is the new vice president of finance and CFO of Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, Idaho. Wilker replaces longtime CFO Tom Skaggs who retired.
Guidant Corp. President and CEO Ronald Dollens will step down at the end of the year, the Indianapolis-based maker of stents, pacemakers and defibrillators said last week. Dollens, 57, will retire Dec. 31 after a 32-year career with Eli Lilly and Co., an Indianapolis-based drugmaker, and Guidant, which was spun off from Eli Lilly in 1994. The announcement was made during Guidant's annual shareholders meeting. Dollens had been Guidant's CEO since 1994. The company's directors expect to select a new CEO by year-end. ... Mary Beth Lang, 39, vice president of market segments and education services at Amerinet Central, has been named the first CEO of Diagnostix, a new data services company. Diagnostix is jointly owned by Amerinet, Intermountain Health Care and Vector, healthcare partners that constitute Amerinet, a group purchasing organization with more than 20,000 members nationwide.
The American Hospital Association said its vice president for political affairs and grassroots advocacy, Al Jackson, has left the organization, effective immediately. Jackson, 47, had been at the AHA for nine years. An AHA spokesman had no comment on the circumstances of the departure. ... Kenneth Printen, 68, has been elected president of the Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago. He serves as a general surgeon on the medical staffs of three Chicago-area suburban hospitals and as an associate professor of surgery at the Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Printen replaces William Kobler, who is a physician at a family practice in Rockford, Ill.