Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, named physician and Washington state healthcare executive Andrew Ziskind to replace retiring President Ronald Evens, effective May 1. Ziskind, whose appointment ends a national search launched in 2004, is associate vice president of clinical specialty programs and vice dean of clinical affairs at the University of Washington at Seattle. Evens, also a physician, will continue in a senior-level role at BJC HealthCare, the parent of 906-bed Barnes-Jewish. Ziskind, 46, holds a master's degree in business administration. He completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.
Separately, Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Health Care System, which operates public 589-bed Sarasota Memorial Hospital, named Detroit Medical Center executive Gwen MacKenzie to succeed retiring President and Chief Executive Officer Duncan Finlay in mid-May. MacKenzie, 50, currently is executive vice president and chief operating officer at nine-hospital DMC. Finlay had planned a May 1 retirement but will remain with the system through a transition period. Also, five-hospital St. Thomas Health Services, Nashville, said that an executive at a sister health system in Ascension Health will serve as St. Thomas' interim CEO for four to six months while the system searches for a permanent replacement for Tom Beeman. Jim Houser is executive vice president and COO at St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, which like St. Thomas is part of 69-hospital Ascension. Beeman left St. Thomas in January intending to work as a consultant but was hired earlier this month as president and CEO of Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. -- by Modern Healthcare staff