Pediatrician Kevin Churchwell, 45, has been named CEO of Nashvilles Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Churchwell has been the hospitals interim CEO since January, when former CEO Jim Shmerling left to become president and CEO of the Childrens Hospital of Denver. As interim CEO, Churchwell spearheaded the opening of Monroe Carells pediatric Level 1 trauma center earlier this month. ... Fred Sanfilippo, 57, a physician-scientist currently senior vice president and executive dean of health sciences at Ohio State University, Columbus, has been named executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of Emory Healthcare at Emory University, Atlanta. He officially takes the reins on Oct. 1. He succeeds Michael Johns, who held those posts for 11 years. Johns, 65, has been named chancellor of Emory University.
On the Move
Witt/Kieffer, Oak Brook, Ill., named James Gauss to succeed Jordan Hadelman as president and CEO. Hadelman, 54, stepped down as CEO July 1 but remains chairman. Gauss, 51, who joined Witt/Kieffer in 1981, was previously Witt/Kieffers executive vice president of consulting.
Thomas Pyle, a 30-year veteran in healthcare, died July 18 at his home in Duxbury, Mass., at age 67. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to news reports. Pyle was CEO of Harvard Community Health Plan, now Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare provider in the 1980s. He also served as CEO of MetLife Healthcare, where he initiated the combination of the MetLife insurance business with Travelers. Prior to his death, he served as chairman of PolyMedica Corp., the nations largest provider of blood glucose testing supplies and services. Richard Bertrand, senior vice president and CFO at Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust since 2004, died on July 19. A spokesman for the Markham, Ontario-based company did not specify the cause of death. Bertrand, who was 58, had been with the company for 31 years, and managed Extendicares financial operations in both Canada and the U.S.
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