Cardinal Health System, Muncie, Ind., saw an abrupt change in leadership. Robert Curtis, 60, president and CEO since 1998, resigned on the afternoon of Aug. 15. By the end of that day, the two-hospital systems board replaced Curtis with Kelly Stanley, a lawyer and former president and CEO of Ontario Corp., a manufacturing holding company. Stanley, 62, has been president of the BMH Foundation since 2003, and served on the board of Cardinals 380-bed Ball Memorial Hospital from 1978 until 2003. Since 1995, he has been chairman of Cardinal Health Alliance, the systems managed-care subsidiary. Cardinal spokesman Will Henderson said Curtis cited personal reasons for leaving.
Jeff Flick has left his post as regional administrator for the CMS in San Francisco to join Blue Cross of California as regional vice president of network management for government products. Flick, 57, who left the CMS Aug. 10, oversaw Medicare, Medicaid and State Childrens Health Insurance Program operations in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada for four years. In his new position, which he started Aug. 13, Flick will lead provider relationship development and management activities for Blue Cross Medicaid managed-care and Medicare Advantage networks. Charlotte Yeh, CMS regional administrator in Boston, will fill in temporarily in San Francisco until a permanent replacement for Flick is selected, a CMS spokesman said.