* The Cleveland Clinic Foundation announced that physician Delos Cosgrove, 63, the clinic's chairman of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, will replace another physician, Floyd Loop, as CEO effective January 2005. Cosgrove and Loop will work together during a transition period.
Cosgrove, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine who earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., is a renowned heart surgeon who has innovated minimally invasive surgical techniques and holds 18 patents for medical products, the most in clinic history. He joined the clinic in 1975 and becomes the fifth CEO since its founding in 1921, all of whom were physicians. Loop, 67, has served in that role since 1989. Cosgrove, similar to his CEO predecessors, has no previous hospital administrative experience, according to a clinic spokeswoman.
The 10-hospital Cleveland Clinic Foundation earned $50.7 million in net income but lost $116 million on operations, on $3.9 billion total revenue in 2002, according to the American Hospital Directory.
* Nelson Sabatini, who has been pushing for a greater government role in the accreditation of healthcare facilities, will be retiring in the next few months from his post as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich's office would not comment about possible replacements, but news reports have named two candidates-state Senate Minority Whip Andrew Harris, a Republican and physician; and Robert Neall, a former state senator who is currently finance director at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
Sabatini, 64, had also served as Maryland department secretary from 1991 to 1994. Before becoming secretary again on March 10, 2003, he held several positions at the University of Maryland Medical System. He was unavailable for comment last week.
In the recent wake of problems at 216-bed Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Sabatini has voiced the need for greater government involvement, on both the state and federal level, in the accreditation of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
The hospital is in the midst of trying to rebound from a scandal over quality control problems in its laboratory, resulting in 460 people getting possibly invalid HIV and hepatitis test results, despite the laboratory earning accreditation from the College of American Pathologists. At a congressional hearing looking into the problems at the hospital in May, Sabatini told legislators that in addition to greater communication between private accrediting agencies and government regulators, there is a need for government oversight of the accrediting process.
* Princeton (W.Va.) Community Hospital CEO Daniel Dunmyer, 46, says he will step down from his post effective June 30 after the hospital board failed to renew his contract set to expire at year-end. Six of the 12 board members present at a board meeting last week-there's a total of 20 board members-voted against picking up Dunmyer's contract after several months of ongoing discussions, said Tom Lilly, chairman of the board.
Lilly said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the reasons why some board members were dissatisfied with Dunmyer's performance but acknowledges that the hospital's rocky finances could be a factor. The 191-bed rural hospital has been losing money for the past four years and is set to lose
$5 million on $200 million on revenue this year. "If we were making money, he'd probably still be here," Lilly says.
Despite widespread protest over the board's decision, including an appeal by the medical executive committee, Dunmyer says he will help the hospital adjust to a new CEO only in an unofficial capacity. "I think it's important for the hospital to move forward and not be bogged down by the politics," he says.