Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va., has named Gregory Burfitt its new executive vice president and COO. Burfitt, 55, most recently was senior vice president of operations at Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Southern States Region. He replaces Jolene Tornabeni, who retired in June after 10 years with Inova. ... University of North Carolina Health Care System, Chapel Hill, hired David Strong as president of its 621-bed Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, N.C., to replace Gary Park, who was named president of UNC Health Care earlier this year. Strong, 39, had been COO of Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, since 2000 and worked at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La. He was named one of Modern Healthcare's Up & Comers for 2003. The system also named W. Alan Stewart as its CFO. He had been interim CFO since March 15. ... Ileana Vallarino Trevino has been named vice president of Memorial Hermann Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. Trevino, 48, replaces Bob Rutledge, who accepted a post as president of Cook Children's Health Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. Trevino had been vice chancellor/vice president of university advancement at the University of Houston. ... Marc Greenwald has been named chief medical officer of Fallon Clinic, Worcester, Mass. Greenwald, 59, replaces Michael Kelleher, who moved over to be the clinic's medical director of quality and medical management. Greenwald had been associate medical director at Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa. Also, Ed Nazzaro, 47, has taken over for David Gallegos as Fallon's chief information officer. Nazzaro had been CIO at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston. ... Douglas Duchak has been named permanent president and CEO of Englewood (N.J.) Healthcare System after serving in the post on an interim basis for several months. Duchak, 52, succeeds Daniel Kane, who became acting president and CEO of Nassau Health Care Corp., East Meadow, N.Y.
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris announced his resignation would be effective Aug. 15. In May the 54-year-old Muris disclosed his plans to leave the FTC this summer rather than serve the remaining four years of his seven-year term. President Bush subsequently announced he would bypass the Senate confirmation process to appoint Muris' chosen successor, Deborah Majoras, a former antitrust official with the U.S. Justice Department, as commission chair through 2005. Majoras must be nominated and confirmed by the Senate to complete Muris' term, which ends Sept. 25, 2008. ... New Mexico Health Secretary Patricia Montoya has resigned after some of her budget-balancing program cuts to services for the poor were reversed by Gov. Bill Richardson. The department had announced budget cuts in programs that paid for prenatal care to women with high-risk pregnancies and primary care for children with no insurance coverage. Richardson ordered an immediate suspension of all program cuts, saying he didn't feel the department had "its arms around the budget."
The American Hospital Association's board of trustees elected Richard Umbdenstock as its 2005 chair-elect. He will succeed George Lynn, who becomes chairman of the board Jan. 1. Umbdenstock, 53, is president and CEO of nine-hospital Providence Services, Spokane, Wash., and is currently the board chairman of the Premier hospital alliance. Lynn, 59, is president and CEO of two-hospital AtlantiCare, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. ... The U.S. Family Health Plan Alliance, a group of six not-for-profit organizations that provide services to the Tricare military healthcare program, has named Tracy Malone its executive director. Malone, a former nurse corps captain in the Navy, had been chief of staff to the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. The appointment is effective Aug. 23.