* Ascension Health, St. Louis, says it has filled the COO position left vacant when Anthony Tersigni was named president and CEO of the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system, which has 67 hospitals. The new COO is Robert Henkel, who joined Ascension in 1998.
Most recently, Henkel, 50, was president of Ascension's Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic states operating group, overseeing hospitals in eight states and the District of Columbia. Before joining Ascension, Henkel was executive vice president and acting CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., and also had worked as a hospital executive in St. Louis. "Bob's experience, talent, management style and personality make him well-suited for this important position," says Tersigni, who had served as COO since 2001.
* Leland White, president and CEO of Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, Pa., announced that he will resign July 31 to concentrate on his battle against lymphoma. White, 57, has fought non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1995. The board of governors for the four-hospital system said it reluctantly accepted White's resignation. "We are truly sorry to have Lee step down," board Chairman Frank Slattery says. "He has done a fantastic job for many years."
In a news release, White wrote: "The next stage of my treatment will require several more months. I feel it is in my best interest that I focus exclusively on addressing this challenge, while Main Line Health has the opportunity to move forward with new leadership. I am looking forward to a full recovery."
White was named to Main Line's top post in 2001. He took a medical leave of absence in late 2003, and the system has been led on an interim basis by CFO Michael Buongiorno. Main Line is part of Jefferson Health System, Radnor, Pa.
* Douglas Shaw, president of 442-bed Jewish Hospital in Louisville, will begin his "transition into retirement," officials say. Shaw, 61, who is also senior vice president of parent Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, has served as president of the ground-breaking facility since 1994, overseeing such notable accomplishments as the world's first successful hand transplant and the first successful surgery involving the AbioCor replacement heart. Under Shaw, Jewish Hospital was the first facility in Kentucky and the 13th in the nation to win approval from Medicare to perform all five solid-organ transplants.
Shaw will be replaced by Timothy Jarm, 44, a Modern Healthcare "Up & Comer" in 1999 who has been named Jewish Hospital's president designate effective Sept. 1. Jarm currently is president and CEO of 241-bed Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind., a member of the Jewish Hospital Health Network. Clark has begun a national search to replace Jarm, who has been the hospital's top executive for the past four years. Shaw, who joined Jewish as vice president in 1974, will remain on the job during a transitional period that could last until June 2006, officials say.
Hank Wagner, Jewish's president and CEO, says Shaw "has helped move Jewish Hospital into a top-tier research organization and his leadership has been instrumental in helping us achieve the many medical firsts that we have accomplished."