Nassau Health Care Corp., East Meadow, N.Y., named Daniel Kane as its acting president and chief executive officer following the resignation last month of Richard Turan, who earlier in the year had settled ethics charges with a state commission. Kane, 61, has been president and CEO of 567-bed Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center for the past 14 years. He was chosen to lead Nassau Health Care because of his experience in "dealing with large organizations requiring innovative management and fiscal stability," board Chairman Lawrence Gottlieb said in a news release. Kane has a one-year, $325,000 contract with the public benefit corporation, which oversees formerly county-owned facilities including 481-bed Nassau University Medical Center.
After a three-year turnaround effort, the corporation is projected to lose $15 million on revenue of $500 million this year. Turan and six other hospital staff members settled charges with a state ethics commission that they took illegal gifts and reimbursements from information technology vendors during a contract-bidding process. At the time, Turan said the ethics commission was conducting a "witch hunt" over unintentional technical violations and that the settlements were not acknowledgements of intentional misconduct. -- by Susanna Moon