Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore has named Colene Daniel its president and CEO, replacing Timothy Miller, who resigned in April amid a laboratory foul-up involving 460 patients who may have received possibly invalid HIV and hepatitis test results between June 2002 and August 2003. Daniel will start her post on Aug. 15. Daniel is president of KSP Healthcare Group, a healthcare consulting firm based in Washington and has been CEO of the DC Healthcare Alliance, which provides services to uninsured residents of the district. Since the controversy broke at 216-bed Maryland General, two other officials have resigned and Congress has begun hearings on whether the accreditation process for laboratories needs to be reformed. ... John Fung has resigned as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's transplant chief, a move that was partially prompted by UPMC's focus on profit, he says. Fung, 47, who arrived in Pittsburgh in 1984 and worked alongside transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl, will become chairman of the department of general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He won't leave until September and UPMC officials have not named his replacement. Fung says UPMC faces pressures similar to other medical centers around the nation and doesn't place as much emphasis on research and educating up-and-coming surgeons as it once did. "It's not like it used to be, which was a much more collegial academic environment," he told the Associated Press. "They have to strike a balance between the medical center and the university, and, right now, the balance is tilted toward the hospital." ... Tim Rice has been selected as the next president and CEO of Moses Cone Health System, Greensboro, N.C. He becomes only the fourth person to lead the institution in its 51-year history. Rice, 49, succeeds Dennis Barry, who is retiring after 25 years at the helm of the five-hospital system. Rice joined Moses Cone Memorial Hospital as a pharmacist in 1978 and held several leadership roles, most recently as the system's COO. ... Barry Schochet, a 25-year veteran of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and one of its predecessor companies, will leave his position as vice chairman of the hospital chain at the end of the year, Tenet said. Schochet, 53, plans to be a private investor in healthcare companies after leaving Tenet. "Barry Schochet's strategic counsel and vision have been invaluable to Tenet for many years, but never more so than during the past 18 months as we have navigated through some very difficult waters," says Trevor Fetter, Tenet's president and CEO. Schochet joined National Medical Enterprises in 1979 and held several positions, including president and COO of NME's hospital division. Schochet also served two terms as chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals.
U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) named Sally Canfield as his healthcare policy director, replacing Darren Willcox, now with the Dutko Group, a lobbying and consulting firm in Washington. Canfield, 33, who starts in her new position in mid-August, is now deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. Canfield previously was a counselor to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and was on the staff of Reps. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). She also worked as a domestic policy adviser for the Bush presidential campaign in 2000.
Joyce Anne Wainio has been appointed vice president of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, Chicago, effective immediately. Wainio joined the NCHL in 2003 as project director with responsibility for supporting the work of the NCHL's advisory councils, development, and marketing and communications. Lee Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures, the for-profit subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, has been named to the NCHL's board of directors.