Tammie Brailsford was named COO of MemorialCare Medical Centers, Long Beach, Calif. Brailsford, 46, replaces Frances Henckel, who retired after two decades with the healthcare organization. Brailsford joined MemorialCare in 2003 as senior vice president and clinical planning executive. In that role, she led the health systems successful implementation of a new clinical information system. Mark Kelemen, 41, was named to the new position of senior vice president and chief medical informatics officer at the eight-hospital University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, and will lead its systemwide electronic medical-records project. Kelemen, who began his new duties on Jan. 31, most recently served as the director of clinical cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, and as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Leslie Simmons, 47, was promoted to the new position of COO of Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. She previously served as senior vice president of patient-care services. As COO, Simmons will focus on overall hospital operations and oversee patient-care services, including managing cardiovascular, outpatient and rehabilitation services. ... Craig Desmond took over as president and CEO of MedCath Corp.s Texsan Heart Hospital in San Antonio last month. Most recently, Desmond, 39, served as CEO of Iasis Healthcare Corp.s Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Desmond succeeds Robert Freymuller, who left Texsan Heart Hospital in November 2006 to pursue other activities, according to O. Edwin French, president and CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based MedCath Corp. SSM Health Care of Oklahoma and HPI/Oklahoma City Market, co-owners of Bone & Joint Hospital, Oklahoma City, named Chad Aduddell as Bone & Joints president, effective March 5. Most recently, Aduddell, 34, served as interim vice president and COO for Christus Spohn Hospital, Kingsville, Texas, as well as vice president of physician development at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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The American Hospital Association named Melinda Mindy Hatton senior vice president and general counsel. Hatton is currently a vice president and chief Washington counsel for the AHA. Hatton, who declined to provide her age, joined the AHA in 2000 and has overseen advocacy and policy issues for the hospital trade and lobbying group.
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