Eugene Woods has been named president and CEO of St. Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky., succeeding William Hendrickson, who retired in June 2004. Woods, 40, had been senior vice president and COO of Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center. ... Covenant Health System, Lubbock, Texas, has named Steven Hunter, 51, its new president and CEO. Hunter will succeed Charley Trimble, 57, who is retiring. Hunter joins Covenant from SSM Health Care System, St. Louis, where he was regional president of its Oklahoma region. Covenant owns three hospitals in the Lubbock area and has a network of 18 leased, managed and affiliated community hospitals in west Texas and eastern New Mexico. ... Brenda Gaines, who retired in March 2004 as president and CEO of Diners Club North America, a unit of Citigroup, has joined the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. Gaines, 55, has experience working in government as well, starting in 1970 with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, where she rose to deputy regional administrator in the department's Chicago office in 1980. She also served in the administration of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington from 1983 until his death in 1987. ... John Fromhold has become COO of Merit Health Systems, the Louisville, Ky.-based hospital management company. Fromhold, 51, replaces Jay Weinstein, who also co-founded Merit. Weinstein becomes executive vice president of business development. Fromhold had been group vice president at Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems. ... Peter Geier, 47, who has been serving as interim vice president of health services and CEO of Ohio State University Health System, Columbus, for more than a year, has been named to the positions on a permanent basis after a national search. Geier will continue in the role of COO of OSU Medical Center, Columbus.
The National Committee for Quality Health Care named Janet Corrigan, director of the Institute of Medicine's Health Care Service Board, to replace retiring President and CEO Catherine McDermott. Corrigan, 50, directed the IOM's Quality of Care in America Project, which released the seminal report To Err is Human in 1999. She will leave the IOM in mid-May and join the NCQHC in early June. Meanwhile, McDermott will remain with the organization until May 31. ... The American College of Healthcare Executives named William Schoenhard, executive vice president and COO of SSM Health Care System, St. Louis, as its chairman-elect at the ACHE's 48th annual congress in Chicago last week. He will succeed Samuel Odle, president and CEO of Methodist and Indiana University hospitals and executive vice president at Clarian Health, Indianapolis, who began his one-year term as ACHE chairman last week.