Christy Stephenson, who most recently served as president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (N.J.) for eight years, has joined TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting company. Stephenson, 57, is serving as a partner in the Philadelphia office, providing expertise on improving operations, quality and safety standards.
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Tenet California said Debbie Walsh, 51, has been named CEO of USC University Hospital, Los Angeles, and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, effective immediately. Walsh succeeds Ted Schreck, who left Tenet in June 2006, according to Teresa Wolke, a company spokeswoman. A registered nurse, Walsh has served as the hospitals interim CEO since June 2006 and has been the COO since 2003. Tenet California is a regional division of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. In 2006, the University of Southern California sued Tenet, claiming government investigations and financial problems at the company had compromised its ability to operate the hospital properly. The university asked the court to grant it the right to buy the hospital from Tenet if the company defaults on its obligations. The lawsuit is pending, Wolke said. Jeffrey Menkes assumed the role of president and CEO of New York Downtown Hospital on May 7, succeeding Bruce Logan, who will resume his position as chief of medicine after 3½ years on the job. At the same time, Jane Connorton will be stepping down as executive vice president and COO. Menkes, 58, joins Downtown Hospital from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served as a healthcare consultant to New York metropolitan area hospitals. Lester Aron is slated to take over as senior vice president and general counsel of the embattled University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, on May 21. He will replace Vivian Sanks King, who resigned in late 2005 amid questions about her role in the cover-up of Medicare and Medicaid fraud at the state-owned medical schools University Hospital in Newark. Aron is currently a member of Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, where he is co-chairman of the firms employment and labor practice group. The university has been operating under the oversight of a federal monitor since 2005 to avert criminal prosecution for healthcare fraud. The board of directors at Graham (Texas) Regional Medical Center named Steve Hartgraves as its new CEO, effective on or around Aug. 1. Most recently, Hartgraves, 38, served as CEO and administrator at Hansford County Hospital District in Spearman, Texas. In his new role, Hartgraves will succeed Blake Kretz, who left Graham in February to become the CEO at Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital in Cleburne, Texas, according to Bob Phillips, Grahams interim CEO. Phillips will continue in that role until Hartgraves takes over. LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., said that Michael Culotta has resigned as its CFO, a position he has held since November 2001. The company did not say why Culotta was leaving. A LifePoint spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
O. Ray Hurst, president and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association from 1956 to 1986, died April 29 at the age of 82. Hurst had emergency surgery March 12 after suffering an aortic dissection and never recovered, said Amanda Engler, a spokeswoman for the association. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Hurst was an innovator in the world of state hospital associations, according to Richard Bettis, who stepped down as the Texas associations president and CEO Jan. 1. He was one of the best mentors I could imagine, Bettis said. ... Former California Medical Association President Ronald Bangasser died on May 2 in Redlands, Calif., following a long struggle with cancer. Rons death is a tremendous loss to all of ushis family, his patients, his friends and colleagues, and all of medicine, said Anmol Mahal, president of the CMA, in a news release. Ron was always an example of what a doctor should be, operating his wound-care clinic, his practice, treating patients in the hospital, all the while serving his patients and colleagues through his advocacy for the CMA. Bangasser, 57, was a family practitioner and medical director of the Beaver Medical Group in Redlands. He also specialized in wound care and in 1986 founded the Paul F. Bangasser Wound Care Center at Redlands Community Hospital. He served as CMA president in 2003 and 2004 and received numerous professional awards.
Orthopedic-device company Zimmer Holdings selected David Dvorak, 43, to take over as president and CEO effective immediately. Dvorak, who previously served as group president for global business and as chief legal officer, also was appointed to Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmers board of directors. He succeeds Ray Elliott, 57, who held both positions for nearly 25 years. Elliott will stay on as chairman of the board until November. In his previous post, Dvorak was responsible for Zimmers dental, spine, trauma and orthopedic surgical products divisions.
The Commonwealth Fund, Washington, has elected James Tallon Jr. as its chairman. Tallon, 65, has served as a director of the fund since 1996, and is a member of its executive and finance committee. Tallon takes office on Nov. 14, succeeding Samuel Thier, who has been chairman since 2002. Tallon is the president of the United Hospital Fund of New York, a charity that addresses issues affecting hospitals and healthcare in the Empire State. He is currently chairman of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and is secretary and treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform. Tallon is also a former Joint Commission board member.
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