Raymond Watts, a physician, was selected to become interim CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System after David Hoidal resigns, which was expected to happen late last week, the system announced. Hoidal is leaving to spend more time with his family in the Midwest, according to the university. Watts, 54, is chairman of neurology and president of the Health Services Foundation for the system. Bob Rich, senior vice president, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chairman of the health system, will lead the CEO search committee.
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MedStar Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Columbia, Md., named Kenneth Samet, 49, its president and CEO. Samet has served as MedStars president and COO for the past five years and as its COO since the systems inception 10 years ago. I am energized about the systems future and continued growth in meeting the healthcare needs of the Baltimore-Washington region, Samet said in a written statement. Samet succeeds John McDaniel, who announced his retirement in October 2006. Jeff Ashin is leaving Catholic Healthcare Partners Mercy Hospital Fairfield (Ohio) to oversee four hospitals in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. Those hospitals are expected to be under a new umbrella organization pending the merger of Baptist Health System of East Tennessee and St. Marys Health System, which is part of Catholic Healthcare Partners. The Federal Trade Commission granted the systems clearance to merge last month. Ashin, 54, joined Mercy Hospital Fairfield in 2004, as executive director of its heart hospital and became president and CEO of the hospital in August 2005. Ashin is scheduled to remain at Mercy Fairfield through Jan. 17. Patricia Davis-Hagens, chief nursing officer, will serve as interim president and CEO.
Gail Boudreaux, executive vice president of external operations at Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., set plans to resign effective April 1, the company said last month. Boudreaux, 47, oversees the companys Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, along with life, disability and dental subsidiaries. In a written statement, Boudreaux said that after more than five years with the company, she has decided the time is right for me to explore other opportunities. Over the past two years, she grew health plan membership by 1.2 million people, and increased market share in most markets, according to the company. In November, Patricia Hemingway Hall was promoted to president and COO from vice president of internal operations. We wish Gail continued success in all personal and professional endeavors and thank her for her numerous contributions to the company, said Raymond McCaskey, the companys CEO, in a written statement. John Langenus was named president and CEO of the Anthem National Accounts division of WellPoint, effective Feb. 25. He will be responsible for customer relationships and continued growth of the division, which has nearly 11 million members. Langenus, 59, is joining Indianapolis-based WellPoint from Coventry Health Care, where he was president of group healthcare for more than two years. Langenus succeeds Ken Goulet, who was promoted to president and CEO of the commercial business unit in October.
Oregons public health director, Susan Allan, resigned effective Feb. 1, the state Department of Human Services announced. Allan has headed the department since March 2005. A native of Washington state, she is leaving Oregon to join her husband in Seattle. Allans age was not available from the state. Dr. Allan has brought much needed focus on strengthening and modernizing the states public health programs, said Oregon DHS Director Bruce Goldberg, in a written statement. Michael Skeels, director of the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory, will serve as public health director on an interim basis until a replacement is found.
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