ACHE picks Schoenhard
* The American College of Healthcare Executives said last week that William Schoenhard, executive vice president and chief operating officer at SSM Health Care, St. Louis, was nominated as chairman-elect of the association. He must be elected by ACHE members in March 2005. The current holder of the chairman-elect title, Samuel Odle, president and chief executive officer at Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals and vice president at Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, will replace Richard Henault as chairman. Schoenhard is an ACHE governor and was a regent from 1997 to 2001.
James McAfee Jr. dies at 65
* Longtime healthcare executive James McAfee Jr., who among other prominent positions was former chairman and president of Hallmark Healthcare Corp., died last week at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. As chief of Hallmark from 1987 through 1994, McAfee led a restructuring that culminated in a $161 million merger with Community Health Systems, Brentwood, Tenn. During his career, McAfee also served as executive vice president at Charter Medical Corp. and senior vice president at Hospital Affiliates International. He was a former member of the American Hospital Association board of trustees and also of the Federation of American Hospitals board of governors.
Bateman promoted at Somerset
* Ken Bateman, who has served as acting president of Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., since July 29, was officially named president and chief executive officer. Bateman, 45, had been Somerset's chief financial officer since 2000. He replaced Dennis Miller, who took a leave of absence in August amid publicity over the murders of 13 patients at the hospital by Charles Cullen, a nurse who has confessed to killing dozens of patients at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey over 16 years. Miller, 54, had cited personal reasons for his departure.