After three months as CEO of Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind., Cameron Gilbert has announced he will resign effective April 18. Gilbert, 38, who submitted his resignation to the board of trustees, cited personal reasons for his decision, according to a news release. Martin Padgett, CFO of the county-owned hospital, will serve as interim CEO until a replacement is selected. Gilbert started work at Clark Memorial in January, succeeding Timothy Jarm, who became CEO of Jewish Hospital. ... Thomas Beeman will leave St. Thomas Health Services, Nashville, but instead of retiring from hospital administration as previously announced (Jan. 24, p. 15), he will take the top job at Lancaster (Pa.) General, a system including 520-bed Lancaster General Hospital, a physician group and other facilities. Beeman, 51, announced in January that he was planning to leave his job as president and CEO of five-hospital St. Thomas to focus on consulting work, finishing his doctorate and working in the U.S. Naval Reserve, in which he is a captain. Effective June 1, Beeman will fill the spot vacated by Michael Young, who resigned as president and CEO of Lancaster General in May 2004 for undisclosed personal reasons. ... John Reynolds will retire as president and CEO of the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, as soon as a successor is in place. Reynolds, 57, who has led the facility for 20 years, would leave as late as the end of 2006 in order to accommodate a period of a transition to the new top executive. The facility provides treatment for musculoskeletal diseases. ... Ana Lopez-Blazquez has been promoted to CEO of Baptist Health Enterprises, a for-profit affiliate of Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida that handles its real estate holdings, helicopter transport service and joint ventures with physicians. Lopez-Blazquez, 47, will continue in her role as Baptist Health's chief strategic officer. She replaces as CEO Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, who was promoted to executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Baptist Health South Florida. ... Keith Smith is the new board chairman of Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, replacing Herb Elish, 71, who retired. Smith, 70, a retired area business executive who was senior vice chairman of Mellon Financial Corp. and Mellon Bank, has been member of the Allegheny board since 1999. ... Warner Thomas has been promoted to the new post of president and COO of Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans. Thomas, 39, will oversee all Ochsner clinic and hospital operations. He had been chief administrative officer.
Michael Sexton is the new president of the California Medical Association. Sexton, 58, is a veteran emergency medicine physician at Permanente Medical Group and is on staff at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Rafael. He replaces as president Robert Hertzka, a San Diego anesthesiologist. He is the first Kaiser physician to lead the CMA. ... Harold Williamson has been elected president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. Williamson, 55, is professor of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He will serve a one-year term, replacing Warren Newton, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina. ... The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons elected Stuart Weinstein as president. Weinstein, 59, is a professor of orthopedic spinal surgery at the University of Iowa. He succeeds Robert Bucholz, a professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is forming a for-profit company that will consult with hospitals on quality improvement and error reduction. At least one initiative now offered by the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, a quality-improvement consortium O'Neill helped found in 1997, will be taken over by the new company. O'Neill will remain on the organization's board but has stepped down from the largely honorary position of CEO, a PRHI spokeswoman says. Peter Perreiah, a former Alcoa production system manager who came to PRHI to lead an infection reduction initiative, has stepped in as the consortium's managing director. Seven employees have left PRHI for O'Neill's venture, the spokeswoman says. ... Guy Sansone has been named managing director of a new health industry group at Alvarez & Marsal, a New York-based turnaround and consulting firm. Sansone, 40, a partner at Alvarez, was interim CFO of HealthSouth Corp. while Alvarez was running the company in 2003 and 2004.