Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, hired Daniel Waldmann away from Johnson & Johnson to become vice president of government relations. Waldmann, 37, handled federal affairs and reimbursement at J&J, New Brunswick, N.J., for the past two years and previously worked in government affairs at Medtronic, Minneapolis, and as reimbursement counsel to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. He will have offices in Texas and Washington. ... Charles Stokes will be the new president of North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, effective July 11. Stokes, 51, has served as executive vice president and COO and chief nursing officer of Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital. He replaces Robert Otwell, who left at the end of 2004 to become CEO of Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, Tenn. ... Joe Hodges has been promoted to president of St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City. Hodges, 37, had been executive vice president and COO. Steven Hunter, who had held the post on an interim basis, recently became CEO of Covenant Health System, Lubbock, Texas. ... R. Philip Eaton, 70, will retire as executive vice president of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, on July 1, but will keep the post part time until a successor is found. Eaton has served in the top executive post of the center, which includes the medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and UNM Hospitals, for seven years, and on the university faculty for 37 years. ... Arnold Schaffer has been named to the new position of COO of the Burbank-based Southern California region of Providence Health System. Schaffer, 50, was CEO of Providence's San Fernando and Santa Clarita valley service areas. ... Martin Padgett has been promoted to president and CEO of Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Ind., replacing Cameron Gilbert, who resigned. Padgett, 40, had been Clark's vice president and CFO. ... Mel Pyne, currently president and CEO of Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich., will become CEO and chief mission officer of the Eugene-based Oregon region of PeaceHealth on July 11. Alan Yordy, the current CEO, will officially begin his new duties as president, CEO and chief mission officer of the Bellevue, Wash.-based PeaceHealth system on July 1. ... Don Henderson, 48, is the new president and CEO of Jackson Hospital & Clinic, Montgomery, Ala., replacing Don Ball, who retired. Henderson had been CEO of Community's Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, Pa. ... Barry Beeman, 51, will take over as president and CEO of Brattleboro (Vt.) Memorial Hospital on Aug. 8. He replaces Brian Mitteer, who took the same position at Cortland (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital. ... James Wood, 47, has shifted posts within HCA's Florida operations, becoming president and CEO of Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, after serving in the same post at HCA's Ocala (Fla.) Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, Ocala. At Memorial, he replaces H. Rex Etheredge, who is retiring. ... Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, has tapped leaders for three new vascular institutes under construction in Houston. Mark Hood, 50, was named assistant vice president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Southwest. When completed late in 2006, the $65 million facility will be Houston's first free-standing heart hospital. Hood most recently served as CEO of Mercy Hospital Fairfield (Ohio). Erin Asprec, 31, will hold the same title at the vascular institute at the Texas Medical Center. Asprec helped plan the system's heart and vascular service line while working as executive liaison to Memorial Hermann Healthcare System President and CEO Dan Wolterman. Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital CEO Wayne Voss, 47, will head the third new facility, located within his facility.
Cleve Killingsworth Jr. has been promoted to president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, replacing Bill Van Faasen, 56, who will remain as chairman. Killingsworth, 52, had been president and COO.
Richard Skinner, 55, has been named a vice president in the healthcare information technology practice of First Consulting Group, Long Beach, Calif. He was corporate chief information officer at Providence Health System, Portland, Ore., and is a past chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He was named CIO of the Year for 2001 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.