New York United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester has replaced its president, Roberto Rodriguez, with a consultant from Kurron Shares of America, a management consulting firm run by some former HCA executives. Phillip Dionne will lead the hospital under a three-year agreement. Rodriguez was hired in 2002 to turn around the hospital, which had been operating in the red since 2000, when it lost $9.2 million. Under his watch, the hospital closed the deficit to about $3.2 million last year. Plans also were under way to construct a new $8 million emergency room. ... Paul Mullings, 55, has been promoted from COO to CEO of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, effective Jan. 11, 2005, the day current CEO Steven Seiler, 63, has set for his retirement. Seiler plans to start a new career in healthcare consulting. ...
Six-hospital University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, named Jeffrey Rivest as president and CEO of its 650-bed University of Maryland Medical Center, effective Nov. 1. Rivest succeeds John Ashworth, who was promoted to senior vice president of network development at the medical system and associate dean of the medical school. Rivest held leadership roles at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 16 years, most recently as executive vice president and COO. ... Dorothy Sawyer is the new CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., replacing Chad Patrick, who resigned earlier this year. Sawyer had been CEO of Maryvale Hospital, Phoenix. ... Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City, has named Robert Cash, 42, as the new administrator and CEO of 120-bed Logan (Utah) Regional Hospital. Cash, who most recently held the same position with IHC's 74-bed Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah, has served as the system's Urban Central Region COO since 1997. ... Thomas Timcho, 59, has been named president and CEO of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills, Pa. He had held the job on an interim basis since Jan Jennings left for a consulting post earlier this year. ... Lance Jones, 35, has been named CEO of Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin, Texas. He had served as COO of Carolinas Hospital System, Florence, S.C. Jones replaces Gary Looper, who became CEO of Sparks Health System, Fort Smith, Ark. ...Three-hospital Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Mich., picked its senior vice president of operations, Dennis Swan, as interim president and CEO. Swan, 56, replaces Joseph Damore, who resigned after 14 years at the system to lead Mission Health and Hospitals, Asheville, N.C. Sparrow will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.
John Matessino has been promoted to president and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association. Matessino, 54, replaces Lynn Nicholas, who left to become CEO of the American Diabetes Association. Matessino had been the LHA's vice president of operations and education. ... Richard Hanson, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System in Suffolk, Va., has been elected chairman of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. He succeeds William Moss, president of Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Va., who remains on the association's board. The VHHA named Rodger Baker, president and CEO of Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va., as chairman-elect. ... Emmanuel Cassimatis was elected chairman of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's board of directors. Cassimatis, a physician, served as the board's chairman-elect from 2002 to 2004. He is a professor of psychiatry and associate dean of clinical affairs at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He assumes the board's top spot from Charles Rice, vice chancellor of health affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Steve Curtiss, director of the Department of Finance and Support at Nebraska's Health and Human Services System, is stepping down after four years in the position. Curtiss, 43, is leaving to take a consulting job in the state. No date has been set for his departure, and no replacement has been named.
Gery Barry, the former head of Liberty Health of Canada, has been named president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. Barry replaces Kathryn Sullivan, who resigned for unexplained reasons in February. Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Reitz has served as interim CEO at the Blues plan, which has more than 1 million members. Barry recently served as chairman of the Conference Board of Canada's Leader's Roundtable on Health and Wellness and headed the Canadian Institute of Actuaries' Task Force on (Canadian) Medicare. Before moving to Toronto in 1996, Barry had a 21-year career at Aetna in Hartford, Conn. ... Independent Health, Buffalo, N.Y., has named Michael Cropp, 50, as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Frank Colantuono, who announced his retirement in May after 28 years with the company. Cropp, a physician, joined Independent Health in 1996 and most recently served as executive vice president and chief medical officer.