Vanderbilt University Medical Center hired Luke Gregory for the multiple roles of assistant vice chancellor for health affairs, senior vice president, and chief business development officer. In these roles, Gregory, 51, will perform duties previously assigned to executive vice president for clinical affairs Norman Urmy, 64, who retired and associate vice chancellor Jeff Kaplan, 56, who left to become chief advancement officer and senior vice president at OhioHealth, a Columbus-based hospital network. Most recently, Gregory was CEO for Blakeford, a senior housing and healthcare company in Nashville.
On the Move
HCA, Nashville, said Bryan Rogers will be promoted to president of the companys Far West division, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Rogers, 50, will replace Tom May, 59, who announced his retirement last month. Rogers has been president of HCAs Midwest Division in Kansas City, Mo., since the position was created in April 2003 in conjunction with HCAs acquisition of not-for-profit Health Midwest, also in Kansas City. Rogers joined HCA as a hospital administrator in 1999. Larry Schumacher will leave Via Christi Health System, Wichita, Kan., to become COO of Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill., Via Christi said. Schumacher, 48, is leaving his posts as president and CEO of Via Christi Wichita Health Network and senior vice president of the Via Christi system, effective Nov. 16. Schumacher will oversee the operations of 13 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin for the Hospital Sisters system. Rodney Miller was named administrator of Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla., effective Dec. 3. Miller, 35, resigned last month after five years as president and CEO of Schneider Regional Medical Center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. At Memorial Regional, part of the public Memorial Healthcare System, Miller replaces J.E. Piriz, 53, who will become the systems senior vice president for east operations. Miller was a Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 2002, and he was named the Star Student of the class of 2002 in Modern Healthcares Up & Comers Yearbook earlier this year.
Health Net named Joseph Capezza as the insurers new CFO, effective Nov. 1. Capezza, 52, is currently CFO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Wellesley, Mass. James Woys, 49, president of Health Nets government and specialty services division has served as interim CFO of the Woodland Hills, Calif., company since November 2006.
Alpharetta, Ga.-based MedAssets, which in August announced it will become a publicly traded company (Sept. 3, p. 12), selected Vernon Loucks Jr. to join its 12-member board of directors. Loucks appointment includes an undisclosed amount of stock options and other compensation, according to a document filed by MedAssets with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2006, each MedAssets director was granted 25,000 options that will become vested over 36 months. The grants were valued at $95,000 each. Loucks, 71, is currently chairman of the Aethena Group, a healthcare merchant banking firm. He previously served as chairman and CEO of the medical products company Baxter International. He also is a director for a number of other companies, including Edwards Lifesciences Corp. and Pain Therapeutics, according to MedAssets.
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