The Tennessee Hospital Association announced two new hires and a promotion. Mary Layne Van Cleave was promoted to executive vice president and COO of the association. Van Cleave, who joined the THA in 1996, was most recently senior vice president of information services. David Neiger joined the THA as vice president of accounting and CFO. Neiger has held several jobs with Tennessee state government, including a recent stint as chief of accounts at the TennCare Bureau, which oversees Tennessees Medicaid program. Darlene Swart was named vice president and project director of the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, which is under the direction of the THA and is funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation. The association declined to provide their ages.
On the Move
HCA, Nashville, appointed Michael Joseph president of its East Florida division. Joseph, 45, replaced Stephen Royal, 61, who is retiring. Joseph joined HCA in 1988. Joseph most recently served as CEO of University Hospital and Medical Center, Tamarac, Fla. Joseph previously served as president of HCAs Southwest Florida market, Fort Myers, but those hospitals were sold last year to Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers. Timothy Davis, a GE Healthcare executive in Chicago, has been named Bon Secours Health Systems executive vice president of organization effectiveness. Davis, 53, has served on Bon Secours board of directors for six years and will resign from the board when he starts in the newly created position, scheduled to be Oct. 1, a spokeswoman for the Marriottsville, Md., Catholic system said. He will oversee Bon Secours human resources, planning, communication and performance improvement efforts. Davis is currently a vice president of human resources for GE Healthcares imaging IT solutions division, Bon Secours said in a written statement. Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, Tenn., hired Craig James as CEO of Dickenson Community Hospital, Clintwood, Va., and Norton (Va.) Community Hospital. Mountain States is in the process of acquiring a 50% interest in the two hospitals from a local community foundation that owns the two facilities. James, 49, also will be a vice president of Mountain States when he joins the system next month. James is leaving his position as CEO of Person Memorial Hospital, part of the Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C. Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, Tenn., hired Donna Vallely as vice president of patient-care services at Bristol (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center. Vallely joins Wellmont from St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, where she was director of nursing. Her age was unavailable from Wellmont. Baptist Hospital, Nashville, named William Thompson as CMO. Thompson, 53, replaces Robert Hardin, who has served in the position since 1997. Hardin, 76, is retiring at the end of the year. ... Eugene Woods was named CEO of the new organization being formed by the consolidation of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives seven Kentucky facilities, which is slated to begin operations in January 2008. Woods, 43, currently is president and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare, a Lexington, Ky.-based, four-hospital system that will be part of the new group. Modern Healthcare recognized Woods as an Up & Comer in 2001, and named him one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2006.
Dennis Casey was promoted to president and CEO of UniCare, a Chicago-based life and health insurance subsidiary of WellPoint. Casey, 54, has served as president and general manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana since 2000. Dijuana Lewis, WellPoint president of local group business, will oversee the Indiana plan on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named. Casey is succeeding David Fields at UniCare, who left the company in July after three years at the helm.
Nancy Andrews was named dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. Andrews, 48, is leaving her position as dean for basic sciences and graduate studies at Harvard Medical School, Boston. Andrews succeeds R. Sanders Williams, who was recently promoted to the position of senior vice chancellor for academic affairs after six years as dean of the medical school. Andrews, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. Andrews is the first woman to lead the Duke medical school.
HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., promoted Christine Bachrach to senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Bachrach, 41, has worked in the companys compliance department since March 2004. She succeeds John Markus, 56, who left to join the law firm of Balch & Bingham. Markus said he will be based in Birmingham, but will work in the firms offices in Atlanta and Washington. Bachrachs experience includes working as a principal at Navigant Consulting, where she specialized in compliance program implementation, investigations and financial operations for healthcare organizations, according to HealthSouth.
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