Jameson Health System, New Castle, Pa., named Douglas Danko as its COO. Danko succeeds Donald Melonio, who retired after 35 years with the hospital. Danko has been at Jameson for 31 years, most recently as vice president of professional services and director of the south campus. Louis Ditzel, president and CEO of Jersey Shore (Pa.) Hospital, was dismissed on Jan. 5 after 13 years. The hospital is managed by Plano, Texas-based QHR, formerly Quorum Health Resources. The board wanted to go in a different direction. That sometimes happens when a CEO goes for that long, said Quorum spokeswoman Susan Hassell. Leland Farnell, 56, a QHR employee who was president of Johnston Memorial Hospital, Smithfield, N.C., was named interim CEO until QHR finds a permanent replacement, Hassell said. Lovelace Health System, Albuquerque, named Loren Chandler as CFO of the five-hospital system. For the past four months, Chandler, 41, a certified public accountant with 18 years of financial and healthcare experience, has served as CFO at Lovelace Medical Center-Downtown. Previously he was interim CFO at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe, La., and a group CFO and vice president of finance for five hospitals within the BJC Healthcare System, St. Louis. Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyo., fired its CEO and CFO, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. At a special meeting Dec. 13, 2006, the seven-member board of the county-owned hospital voted unanimously to relieve CEO Nelson Toebbe and CFO Paul Zuidema of their duties. The executives joined the hospital in 2004 as part of its contract with QHR, which was brought in to lead the turnaround effort, according to the hospitals statement. Quorum will provide interim executives while it conducts a search for full-time replacements, the hospital said. ... University Hospitals, Cleveland, named Holly Miller to oversee implementation of its $88 million electronic medical-records system. Miller, a physician, has been managing director of the Cleveland Clinics eCleveland Clinic and its EMR system, MyChart, since 2005. At University Hospitals, she will serve in the new post of chief medical information officer.
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The Indiana Hospital & Health Association named Douglas Leonard, currently CEO of Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital, to serve as president and CEO of the 169-member hospital IHHA. IHHA Chairman Vincent Caponi, CEO of St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, said in a news release that Leonard will succeed Kenneth Stella, who has led the IHHA since 1984 and is retiring.
Tyco Healthcare, Mansfield, Mass.to be spun off from Tyco International early this yearnamed 11 executives to what will be its newly independent board of directors. The appointments include four individuals with ties to the healthcare industry: Joseph Zaccagnino, 60, who retired as president and CEO at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System and Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2005; Tadataka Yamada, 61, a physician and president of the global health program for the Gates Foundation; Jack Connors Jr., 64, chairman of eight-hospital Partners HealthCare System, Boston; and Richard Meelia, 57, Tyco Healthcares president and CEO. Dennis Reilley, 53, chairman of industrial manufacturer Praxair, will serve as the companys nonexecutive chairman. The board appointments become official as soon as the companys spinoff from its Bermuda-based parent is complete.
Robert Bob Majors, director of materials management for Bloomington (Ind.) Hospital since 1999, died Jan. 6 at the hospital. He was 63. Nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in his field, he held many positions in local and national organizations, including president of the Indiana Hospital Purchasing and Materials Management Association. He is survived by his wife, Jean, three sons and three grandchildren.
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