"Michael Riordan is an established leader in academic medicine and has a proven ability to quickly bring the benefits of academic medicine to the patient," says C. Dan Joyner, the chairman of GHS' board of trustees. Pinckney says he will work with Riordan to provide a "seamless transition."
Samitt, 42, has been COO of another large physician-run organization, Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Mass. Prior to joining Fallon Clinic in 2002, Samitt served as a senior vice president for marketing at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a health plan based in Wellesley, Mass.
Samitt's "history of leadership in process improvement, outcomes measurement and service excellence will serve us well as we develop a care-delivery system that is more effective, efficient and patient-centered, " says Mark Kaufman, chairman of Dean's board.
Trower, 60, agreed to resign as CEO under pressure in February, according to the Miami Herald. He stepped down as CEO July 15 but, according to a copy of his contract, will continue to work for the district as a consultant with a $523,436 annual salary until his contract expires in August 2008.
Levine, 38, was a key architect of the state's Medicaid overhaul, which will shift Medicaid recipients into private managed-care plans beginning with a one-year pilot program in Broward and Duval counties.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush named Christa Calamas to succeed Levine as agency secretary. Calamas most recently was the healthcare agency's general counsel and previously worked as Bush's acting assistant general counsel.
He will be replaced by Joan Richards, who is being promoted from COO of the system and president of Crozer-Keystone Hospitals. During the transition, Richards has been named president and COO of the system.
Richards has been with the health system since 1982. She has held the hospital leadership position since 1995.
Von Zychlin, 51, is currently executive vice president and COO of TriHealth, Cincinnati. He will succeed Jay Kasey, who will return to Navigant Consulting after serving as Mount Carmel's interim CEO following the December 2005 resignation of Joseph Calvaruso.
Calvaruso and two Mount Carmel officials resigned after an internal inquiry by Trinity found they had behaved inappropriately at a staff retreat.