R. David Yost, president and CEO of pharmaceutical distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp., has resigned from Aetna's board of directors, citing a conflict of interest created by the health insurer's pharmacy benefit management business. "As AmerisourceBergen is a pharmaceutical services corporation, and Aetna now has its own pharmacy benefit management business, I think that it would be appropriate for me to leave the Aetna board at this time," Yost wrote in a statement. Yost joined Aetna's board in October 2002. Aetna announced plans to purchase the mail-order prescription drug business of Eckerd Health Services in December 2002. Yost's statement did not address the passage of time since the conflict was created. ... Jeanette Clough, president of 190-bed Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., has become chairwoman of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, replacing Thomas Porter, president and CEO of 152-bed Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton. Clough began her career as a nurse and has served in executive hospital positions since 1989. ... After a search, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Fla., has chosen Richard Brown, the interim chief executive at Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade, Fla., since May, to take the job permanently, the Palm Beach Post reports. The healthcare district repurchased Glades General in May for $1.3 million from Province Healthcare Corp. Province bought it from the district for $15 million in 1999. ... Thomas Malone has been named to the new post of executive vice president of medical and academic affairs at Detroit Medical Center. Malone, 47, has been senior vice president of managed care, COO and medical director of DMC Health Plans. ... Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of Providence Hospital in Washington has become chairwoman of the Catholic Health Association, St. Louis. She succeeds Richard Statuto, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif. Sister Karin Dufault, vice president of mission leadership, Providence Health System, Seattle, was named chairwoman-elect and will succeed Keehan for 2005-06. ... Marty Manning, 49, has been named CEO of Advocate Health Partners, Oak Brook, Ill., a care management and managed-care contracting joint venture between Advocate Health Care and physicians on the medical staffs of its hospitals. Manning replaces Dennis Matheis, who left to take a position with WellPoint Health Networks. Manning had been Advocate Health Care's vice president of operations and finance. ... James Unruh, the former top executive at Unisys Corp., has joined the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif. Unruh, 63, was president, chairman and CEO of Unisys, an information technology services provider, from 1990 to 1997. He is now principal of Alerion Capital Group, Phoenix, a private equity firm. He is also a director at Prudential Financial, which sells long-term-care insurance but no other health insurance products. Unruh becomes the ninth member of Tenet's board. Tenet's four longest-serving directors, including then-CEO Jeffrey Barbakow, stepped down from the board after the company adopted new governance standards last year following a series of government investigations into its business practices. Tenet owns or operates 99 hospitals, including 30 it plans to divest.
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