Robert Erra was named president of Clark Consultings Healthcare Group, Minneapolis, effective July 1. The groups current president, F. Kenneth Ackerman Jr., was named chairman. Erra, 64, has been president of the Management Science Associates division of the healthcare group since 2003. Ackerman, 68, will focus on business development, strategic issues and governance-related consulting assignments including succession planning in his new role as chairman. He joined the healthcare group in 2001 and has been its president since 2002. Clark Consultings Healthcare Group is a division of Clark & Wamberg, a compensation and benefits consulting firm.
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Psychiatric Solutions, Franklin, Tenn., said William Rutherford will resign as COO at the end of June to focus on the startup of a company outside the behavioral health industry. Terrence Bridges, currently president of Psychiatric Solutions western division, will succeed Rutherford as COO. The company hired Rutherford as COO in March 2006; from 1996 to 2005, he served as CFO of HCAs eastern group, according to a news release from Psychiatric Solutions. Bridges has worked in the healthcare industry for 23 years. Terry has done a great job for us as western division president for more than two years, said Joey Jacobs, chairman, president and CEO of Psychiatric Solutions, in the news release.
Donald Smithburg, who has led the Louisiana State University Hospitals Health Care Services division since August 2004, has been reassigned to an untitled position within the LSU system, effective immediately. It was an administrative decision, and we do not discuss personnel matters, said Charles Zewe, a spokesman for the LSU system. LSU operates eight public hospitals that are managed by the Health Care Services division. The 47-year-old Smithburg will continue to earn his current salary of $384,000 per year until his contract as executive vice president and CEO expires on Aug. 30, said Zewe, who added that Smithburg had been notified last year that his contract may not be renewed. The system will consider Smithburgs status when his contract ends, Zewe said. Smithburg, who was unavailable for comment, has been reassigned to a position that reports directly to William Jenkins, president of the LSU system. Meanwhile, Michael Butler, previously CMO for LSUs Health Care Services division, has started as acting CEO. Archbold Medical Center, Thomasville, Ga., named J. Perry Mustian to succeed James Story as president of the systems flagship, Archbold Memorial Hospital, also in Thomasville. Mustian, 46, assumed the role April 25. He was previously Archbold Memorial Hospitals executive vice president and COO. Story, 67, has been named president emeritus. MedCath Corp., Charlotte, N.C., said it has hired a new general counsel and also an executive to be in charge of its quality and compliance efforts. Blair Todt was named the companys vice president and general counsel. Todt was associate general counsel at BearingPoint, McLean, Va., a consulting firm, where he focused on the healthcare and public service practice groups. And Kevin Andrews will fill the newly created position of vice president of quality and clinical process improvement. For the past four years, Andrews has been director of quality management and performance improvement for the acute-care hospital division of Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa. Their ages were not available at deadline. Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, named Michael McAnder, 47, as CFO to succeed interim CFO Laurie Lafontaine, who declined to provide her age, effective July 9, the hospital system said in a written statement. McAnder is currently system vice president of managed care and treasurer of Banner Health, a system based in Phoenix. Lafontaine, Allinas vice president of finance and treasury stepped in as interim CFO after Mark Harrison, 49, resigned to become CFO at DaVita, the El Segundo, Calif.-based-based renal dialysis company in late July 2006. Lafontaine will return to her role as vice president.
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