* Tenet Healthcare Corp. has had a number of recent personnel changes as it continues to restructure.
Longtime executive W. Randolph Smith retired last week. Smith, 56, most recently was in charge of Tenet's divestiture program and the opening of new hospitals in Tennessee and Texas. He previously was president of several Tenet divisions, the last of which was the Western division. Smith joined Tenet in 1995 from American Medical International, which was acquired by Tenet's predecessor, National Medical Enterprises. Smith served in various positions at AMI, including executive vice president of operations, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, and interim CFO.
Meanwhile, Gary Stokes, 55, was named CEO of two hospitals and a surgery center located in east Texas: Nacogdoches (Texas) Medical Center, Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center and Surgery Center of Nacogdoches. Stokes replaces Glenn Robinson, who left the company to become CEO of Mary Black Healthcare, Spartanburg, S.C. Stokes has been CEO of Tenet's Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Stokes will be replaced at Sierra Vista by Candace Markwith, 56, who was CEO of Tenet's former Redding (Calif.) Medical Center. Last year, Tenet paid $395 million to settle patient lawsuits alleging that two physicians performed unnecessary heart procedures at Redding, and in 2003, Tenet paid $54 million to settle the federal government's investigation into the procedures.
The company also elected two new directors, bringing the board to 12 members. The new members are Karen Garrison, who recently retired as president of the management services subsidiary of Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn.; and J. McDonald Williams, the retired chairman of Trammell Crow Co.