HCA has appointed Jeffrey Crudele, 43, as CFO of its 91-hospital eastern group, based in Nashville. Crudele, who currently serves as CFO of HCA's southeast division in Atlanta, will replace Bill Rutherford, who served in that role since 1996. Rutherford is leaving the company to start his own business. ... Gary Brock, 50, has been promoted to COO from executive vice president of 11-hospital Baylor Health Care System, Dallas. In his new post he will focus on clinical and operational objectives and lead Baylor's new systemwide clinical transformation initiative, a $140 million investment to redesign clinical processes and link healthcare information throughout Baylor's network of hospitals, clinic sites and physician practices. ... Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Md., has named Jere Stocks its new president. Stocks, 44, replaces Kenneth Bauer, who resigned. Stocks was previously COO of Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. ... University Health System, San Antonio, has promoted four executives to new posts: Thomas Peters, 57, was named vice president of security and support operations; Theresa Scepanski, 42, was named senior executive director of health system administration; Karen McMurry, 48, was named executive director of legal services and risk management; and Francine Crockett, 51, was named executive director of purchased resources. ... Matthew Furlan is joining three-hospital ThedaCare in the new position of COO at Appleton (Wis.) Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah, Wis. Furlan, 41, had been director of global operations at Parker Hannifin Corp., a Cleveland-based engineering firm. ... Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit has promoted Vernell Williams to COO/chief nurse executive. In her new role, Williams will be responsible for all hospital operations and patient care at the facility. The position of COO has been reorganized, and no one has held the office for the past several years. Williams has been Sinai-Grace's vice president of operations since 2002. ... Lawrence Smith has been named chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic affairs at 15-hospital North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, N.Y. Smith, 55, has been dean and chairman of medical education as well as an attending physician at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
Kenneth Donahey, chairman, president and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, last week began his one-year term as chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals, the lobbying group for investor-owned hospitals, at its annual meeting in Washington. Donahey replaces Michael Parsons, who is executive vice president and COO of Triad. The chairman-elect is Vic Campbell, senior vice president of HCA. ... Beth Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the steering committee of the Group Practice Improvement Network, Detroit. Waterman, 54, is vice president of HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics, Bloomington, Minn. The network is an association of 38 large physician group practices located across the U.S.
Kathleen King has been named director of healthcare for the Government Accountability Office. King, who will start April 4, will oversee the healthcare team and lead analyses of the health insurance industry, Medicare and Medicaid. She is filling a post created in a restructuring of the department. King is currently vice president of health policy for the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Douglas Harrington has resigned as CEO of clinical testmaker Specialty Laboratories, Valencia, Calif., to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with his family, the company reports. Kevin Sayer will succeed Harrington on an interim basis until a permanent replacement can be found. Sayer is the company's executive vice president and CFO.