Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed longtime healthcare administrator Barney Speight, 61, as executive director of the newly created seven-member Oregon Health Trust Board. The board is tasked with crafting a universal health plan for all Oregonians, as mandated by the state Legislature in the Healthy Oregon Act. Speight is slated to present a detailed health plan for lawmakers to review by Oct. 1, 2008, including a description of costs, benefits and contributions. He will leave his position as deputy administrator for the Washington State Health Care Authority.
On the Move
Carondelet Health, a Kansas City, Mo.-based subsidiary of Ascension Health, named Fleury Yelvington, 52, to succeed Bruce Van Cleave as president and CEO, effective Sept. 17. Van Cleave, 57, left Carondelet in late February to join Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, as CMO and senior vice president for strategic management. Yelvington is president and CEO of St. Marys of Michigan, a two-hospital system based in Saginaw. St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, a Catholic-sponsored health system based in Providence, has named John Fogarty to be acting president and CEO. Fogarty replaces H. John Keimig, who left St. Joseph to become CEO of Quality Partners of Rhode Island, the states quality improvement organization. Fogarty, who has been with St. Joseph since 1988 and has served as executive president since 2001, will lead the organization while the board of trustees reviews the organizations long-term leadership needs and conducts a search for a permanent lead executive, according to a written statement from board Chairman Bishop Thomas Tobin. Fogartys age was unavailable from St. Joseph at deadline. Carol Lind is the new senior vice president and general counsel for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the parent of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She replaces Joy Cunningham, who was elected to the Illinois First District Appellate Court. Lind, 39, joined the Northwestern system in 2006 as vice president and chief administrative executive. Before accepting her new post she was senior vice president for governance and strategy. Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Alamogordo, N.M., said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, president and CEO at the hospital since November 2005, resigned July 13 to spend more time with her family in the Midwest. Beginning July 18, James Richardson, who until recently served as the administrator of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, will serve as interim president and CEO. Officials for Gerald Regional Medical Center were unable to provide ages for Johnson-Phillippe and Richardson. Gerald Champion Medical Center will begin a nationwide search of candidates and does not have a deadline to name a permanent successor, said Lillie Lewis, the hospitals vice president of physician practices and community relations. David Belkoski was named CFO for University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga. He succeeds Robert Taylor, 57, who joined University as an internal auditor 36 years ago, rising to the rank of CFO before retiring at the end of June. Belkoski, 49, a certified public accountant, joined University in 1999 as vice president of finance.
John Wennberg, director of the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth, stepped down July 1. Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., named James Weinstein to succeed 73-year-old Wennberg, who remains principal investigator with the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Weinstein, 57, is chairman of orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and founded its Spine Center and Center for Shared Decision Making. He is also a professor of orthopedic surgery as well as community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.
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