The president and chief executive officer of Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Health System and its flagship hospital announced he plans to retire Sept. 30 after more than 35 years with the system and hospital. Officials at five-hospital Yale-New Haven said they launched a search process before the announcement and expect to name a successor for Joseph Zaccagnino by Sept. 1. Zaccagnino, 59, joined Yale-New Haven in 1970. He was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1978 at the age of 32 and became president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital and its parent in 1991.
In other executive changes, quality expert David Shulkin will become president and CEO at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, in July, succeeding Thomas Killip, who has held the positions on an interim basis since 2002. Shulkin, 45, is chief medical officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Previously, he was chief quality officer and chairman of medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Separately, five-hospital Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, Louisville, Ky., named Senior Vice President Bob Shircliff, 48, to succeed Hank Wagner as president and CEO. Wagner, 62, will retire next month after 32 years at Jewish, the past 25 as president. -- by Cinda Becker and Michael Romano