* Robert Pallari, 56, will retire Oct. 1 as president and CEO of Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore., after a 16-year career there. Four-hospital Legacy says its search committee was working with an executive consulting firm to find a successor.
"After much reflection, it just felt like it was the right time to move on and start focusing more on personal pursuits," Pallari wrote in a statement. Pallari, a former teacher, joined Legacy in 1989, serving in various positions, including president and CEO of Legacy's joint-venture HMO. He became president and CEO in 1999. Pallari earned $1.5 million in total compensation in 2004.
For the year ended March 31, the system had net operating income of $38.1 million on $818.8 million in net revenue. Pallari is the latest prominent hospital or health system executive to take early retirement, a trend first reported by Modern Healthcare (June 14, 2004, p. 6).
* John Lynch III is leaving St. Luke?s Episcopal Health System, Houston, after nearly 20 years to take over as president and CEO of three-hospital Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Aug. 8. Lynch, 44, will succeed Leland White, who stepped down last summer for health reasons. Mike Buongiorno, Main Line's CFO, has served as acting CEO in the interim. Lynch is system executive vice president and COO of St. Luke's and CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, home to the Texas Heart Institute.
* Daniel Kane was named president and CEO of Nassau Health Care Corp., East Meadow, N.Y., through Dec. 31, 2007. He had held the post on an interim basis since July 2004. Kane, 62, will keep his current annual salary of $325,000.
Officials at the financially troubled public benefit corporation, which oversees former county-owned facilities including 631-bed Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, said this year's operating loss is expected to be half of 2004's, and the corporation should break even in 2006.
In the past year, the corporation has refinanced its debt, improved relations with county officials and state regulators, and reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the union, officials also said. Before joining Nassau, Kane had been president and CEO of 520-bed Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center for 14 years.
* Anthony Principi, chairman of the commission that will review the newly released list of military base closings, has resigned his post as vice president in charge of the Washington office of Pfizer, the world's biggest drug company after just two months on the job.
Principi, a former Veterans Affairs secretary, told the company that he was stepping down in order to fully carry out his responsibilities as chairman of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. He cited the time demands of the commission job.