Lee Domanico resigned as president and CEO of Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore. Maggie Huffman, a spokeswoman for the five-hospital system, said Domanicos resignation was effective immediately. Domanico, 54, who became Legacys top executive in January 2006, could not be reached for comment. Legacys board chairman, Robert Bentley, said in a news release that Domanico resigned to pursue other opportunities in healthcare. A search to replace Domanico will begin immediately, the release said. A. Gary Muller, president and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero, La., has resigned to become the top executive of an unidentified health system. Muller, 58, joined the hospital in 1998 and will step down Oct. 28, said Jennifer Steel, a West Jefferson spokeswoman. Muller agreed not to disclose his new employer prior to the systems announcement, Steel said. In a Modern Healthcare commentary (Jan. 2, 2006, p. 21), Muller noted West Jefferson was spared physical damage from Hurricane Katrina, but faced an influx of indigent patients who once sought care at hospitals closed by the storm. James Willerson, president of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, said he will resign to become president of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital, Houston, after a successor is named. Willerson, 67, was named president-elect of the Texas Heart Institute in November 2004 and will succeed cardiac surgeon Denton Cooley, 87, who will then become president-emeritus. He really cherishes his position as a practicing physician and cardiologist and believes he will more effectively and efficiently practice his specialty of cardiology in this role, said Cooley, who founded the institute in 1962. Willerson was not available for an interview. James Coller, CEO of St. Marys Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis., was named CEO of a second Hospital Sisters Health System facility, St. Vincent Hospital, also in Green Bay. Coller, 62, succeeds Joe Neidenbach, who retired as CEO of St. Vincents in March. He will report to a single governing board, but the hospitals will not merge, said Kris Nystrom, a spokeswoman for Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters. Bruce Pearson, CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Childrens Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., resigned. Pearson, 51, left the hospital after 11 years and had been with not-for-profit Banner Health for 25 years. His departure was for unspecified personal reasons. Pearson was in the midst of overseeing the biggest construction project in the Banner Health system. In a letter to employees, Susan Edwards, president of Banner Healths Arizona region, thanked Pearson for his service and announced that Rhonda Anderson, 64, pediatric administrator for Banner Health, would serve in an interim leadership role at Banner Desert.
On the Move
Chet Burrell, 60, was named president and CEO of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a health insurer in the mid-Atlantic region with 3.2 million members. Burrell is now chairman and CEO of RealMed Corp., an Indianapolis-based claims-processing company. He is set to assume his new post at the Owings Mills, Md.-based insurer on Dec. 1. Burrell replaces David Wolf, 57, who has served in the job on an interim basis since last November when William Jews left CareFirst after 13 years. Wolf will resume his position as executive vice president of the insurer.
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