HCA promoted Michael Joyce to be the new president of the company's Southeast division, based in Atlanta. Joyce, who had been CEO of HCA's Trident Health System in Charleston, S.C., fills the opening left by Charles Evans, who was named president of HCA's Eastern group to replace Jay Grinney, the new president and CEO of HealthSouth. Joyce, 41, first worked for HCA in Charleston as an administrative resident in 1987. ... HCA-owned Putnam General Hospital, Hurricane, W.Va., says CEO Frank Molinaro resigned his position last week for personal reasons. In a statement, Margaret Lewis, president of HCA's Central Atlantic division, said Ronda Moore, Putnam's COO and CFO, would serve as interim CEO. Molinaro did not respond to a request for comment. A local newspaper report cited by the Associated Press said the hospital faces a lawsuit filed by at least 40 former patients who allege that the hospital hired an orthopedic surgeon who was not board-certified and who, according to the plaintiffs, botched their surgeries. Molinaro was one of Modern Healthcare's Up & Comers in 2003 (Sept. 15, 2003, p. 22). ... Elaine Thompson has been named executive vice president and COO of four-hospital St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Bethlehem, Pa. Thompson, 48, has held the position on an interim basis since March, when Vincent Joseph resigned to pursue other opportunities. ... Robert Shaw, 63, announced his plans to retire as president and CEO of Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, Calif., effective Aug. 1. His 40-year career in healthcare has included 35 years in hospital administration, the last seven spent at Los Robles. ... Robert Langlais, 58, has announced his resignation as president and CEO of Chesire Medical Center, Keene, N.H., effective this November. He'll be replaced by Arthur Nichols, 53, who currently serves as executive vice president and CFO. ... Michael Marquez was named vice president of Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa. Marquez had been vice president of the western region of the company's acute-care division. Also, Universal named Richard Becker as CEO and managing director of George Washington University Hospital, Washington. Becker, a physician, was the hospital's medical director from August 1998 to February 2004, when he became interim CEO of the hospital, replacing Daniel McLean, who was promoted to group director of the South Texas region and CEO and managing director of the company's South Texas Health System. McLean became George Washington's CEO in August 2000. ... The Health Care District of Palm Beach County (Fla.) named Daniel Aranda as CEO of 65-bed Glades General Hospital, Belle Glade. Aranda, an assistant administrator at St. Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach, takes over a money-losing facility that the district bought in May from Province Healthcare Corp. for $1.3 million after selling it to Province in 1999 for $15 million. The district had been unable to reach a contract with interim CEO Richard Brown, who had been offered the post.
The American Medical Association inaugurated John Nelson, an OB/GYN from Salt Lake City, as its 2004-05 president during the organization's annual meeting earlier this month in Chicago. Nelson, a father of eight, said he had three key priorities for his tenure: providing healthcare coverage to all Americans, reforming Medicare and creating a "better, fairer liability system" for physicians. Nelson replaced Donald Palmisano, a New Orleans surgeon. As president-elect, AMA delegates voted in J. Edward Hill, a family physician from Tupelo, Miss., who chaired the AMA board of trustees in 2002-2003. ... William Rosenblatt, 56, has been named president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York. Rosenblatt succeeds Jeffrey Ribner, 61, a neurologist. ... Anne Ubl has been named vice president of legislative affairs at the American Hospital Association, replacing Kris Morris, who left to join Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Ubl, 33, has been at the AHA for four years and is currently a senior associate director. The AHA also named Mark Seklecki its executive director of political affairs. Seklecki, 47, has been with the AHA for 17 years.
Richard Cordova has stepped down as president of Kaiser Permanente's Southern California region for personal reasons. Raymond Baxter, Kaiser's national senior vice president of community benefits, will serve as the region's acting president until a permanent replacement is found. Cordova joined Kaiser in 1998 as COO for the region. He was promoted to president in 2002.