HOSPITALS, HEALTH SYSTEMS
Mary Nash, 52, has stepped down as executive director of 969-bed University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, a job she has held since 2002. Nash, who has been with the hospital since 1994, says remaining in Birmingham was "not an option" because of opportunities for her husband outside the area. "I have been in healthcare for 30 years," she says, "and the best 10 years have been those here at UAB." David Hoidal, CEO of the UAB Health System, says he will "evaluate the administrative structure" of the hospital and then "begin to recruit for a replacement." ... Hospital Partners of America, Charlotte, N.C., has hired John Nickens III as its COO. Nickens worked for eight years at Tenet Healthcare Corp., most recently as head of Tenet's Gulf Coast region based in New Orleans. Nickens also was CEO of Tenet's Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. Fred Fink, who was previously COO, has become chief administrative officer, overseeing support services such as human resources, information systems, legal, compliance, supply chain management and project financing. Privately owned Hospital Partners owns three hospitals. ... Lynn Taussig, 62, says he will step down as president and CEO of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, in January 2006. National Jewish hopes to pick a successor by the fall of 2005. National Jewish, a medical and research center that studies respiratory, allergic and immune system diseases, has been ranked No. 1 among hospitals treating respiratory disorders in the U.S. News & World Report rankings from 1998 to 2004. ... After seven months in the job of interim president and CEO, Russ Tyner, 44, has been officially appointed to those positions at Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala. Tyner joined Baptist in March after the UAB Health System in Birmingham took over management control of the three-hospital system.
The American Medical Association has named Modena Wilson, a physician, as the group's new senior vice president of professional standards. She began her job Sept. 20 directing AMA programs in the areas of medical education, science, quality and public health. Wilson, 59, joins the Chicago-based AMA from the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she worked for the past four years. A former associate editor of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, she is the author of a book on childhood safety, Saving Children: A Guide to Injury Prevention. ... Clair Callan has joined the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, Chicago, as a senior fellow. Callan, 64, will advise the alliance board and staff on the clinical-care dimensions of healthcare IT and on obstacles to the widespread use of IT in healthcare. She left an executive position with the American Medical Association in September, where she had been interim senior vice president for professional standards and vice president of science, quality and public health.
UnitedHealth Group, Minneapolis, has appointed Northwest Airlines CEO Richard Anderson as executive vice president with unspecified responsibilities, starting Nov. 1. Anderson, 49, will be considered third in command at the nation's largest health insurer, after Chairman and CEO William McGuire and President and COO Stephen Hemsley, analysts say. Anderson, a former prosecutor, has been with the No. 4 airline for 14 years and has served as CEO since February 2001. Doug Steenland, who will replace Anderson as Northwest's CEO, told reporters that there was "no precipitating event" behind Anderson's resignation, "other than Richard was presented with a very significant and attractive opportunity to work for a very large and rapidly growing company." ... Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, has promoted Scott Armstrong to president and CEO, replacing Cheryl Scott, who announced in January that she would retire by year-end after nearly 25 years with the consumer-governed HMO. Armstrong, 45, has served as Group Health's COO since June 2003 but has been with the cooperative since 1986.