Jim Barksdale will become board chairman of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., starting February 2006. Barksdale, 62, who will succeed Arizona businessman Bert Getz, is former president and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp., the Internet browser firm. Mayo has operations in Rochester; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Jacksonville, Fla. ... Kirby Smith was named president and CEO of two-hospital UHHS/CSAHS-Cuyahoga, Cleveland. Smith will also be president and CEO of one of the hospitals, St. John West Shore. Smith, 54, replaces Keith Poisson, who resigned. Previously, Smith served as president and CEO of Susquehanna Health System in Williamsport, Pa. ... Al Taylor has resigned as president and CEO of 73-bed Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, N.C. Taylor, 40, says he has accomplished his goals, including a $30 million expansion, after just three years on the job. ... St. John's Health System in Springfield, Mo., has named Kim Day president and CEO. Day, 53, replaces Jay Eckersley, who took early retirement to serve a full-time mission for the Mormon Church. Day most recently served as executive vice president and CFO of St. John's Health System. ... Philip Gustafson has been named CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., replacing Jeff Comer, who retired at age 60. Gustafson, 59, had been president and CEO of Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. ... Stephanie Battles has been named vice president of human resources for five-hospital Daughters of Charity Health System, Los Altos Hills, Calif. Battles, 50, has held the post on an interim basis since April. ... Texas Health Resources, Arlington, appointed Bob Lumpkins, the hospital's vice president of patient care, to serve as interim president of Harris Methodist-HEB Hospital in Bedford. Lumpkins, 54, replaces Jack McCabe, who was fired Aug. 31 after an internal inquiry into a physician office lease. THR officials say they have turned over the case to HHS' inspector general's office for further investigation. ... Louis Bremer Jr. has been appointed president and CEO for Central Florida Healthcare Development Corp., the parent organization of Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital. Bremer, 54, replaces Richard Wooten,
who resigned. Bremer has served as interim CEO for the past five months. ... Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, Texas, has named Daniela Wallace as CEO. Wallace, 43, replaces Doug Welch, who left to take the top post at Medical Center of Lewisville (Texas). Wallace had been COO of Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas.
Jonathan Diesenhaus has resigned as a senior healthcare fraud prosecutor at the Justice Department to join the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson as a litigation and healthcare partner. Diesenhaus, 42, oversaw many high-profile healthcare fraud prosecutions since joining the department in 1998, including the HCA kickback settlement. ... Glenn Martin, assistant U.S. attorney for Western Michigan for the past eight years and that office's criminal healthcare fraud coordinator, will return to his home state to serve as chief compliance officer for six-hospital Eastern Maine Healthcare in Brewer. Martin, 43, prosecuted a number of high-profile healthcare fraud cases in Western Michigan, including one involving Greenville-based United Memorial Health System, one of the few hospital systems to ever plead guilty to criminal fraud. Martin will be succeeded by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Tanase.
The Centre for Health Care Planning in Nashville has named Kenneth Upchurch president and CEO. Upchurch, 45, replaces Mary Hutson McLendon and Donna Finney, who retired as the construction planning consulting firm's CEO and COO, respectively. Upchurch has been vice president for facility planning services. ... Darin LeGrange had been named president and CEO of Phoenix Health Systems, Montgomery Village, Md., a consulting and outsourcing services firm. LeGrange, 41, replaces Richard Lind, who retired but retains his seat on Phoenix's board of directors. LeGrange most recently served as president and CEO of XactiMed in Dallas.
Louis Harrison has been elected president of the board of directors of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Fairfax, Va., for the term beginning Oct. 1, 2006. Harrison, 48, is clinical director of the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York. He will replace current president Kion Ang of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.