The Florida Hospital Association named Bruce Rueben, president of the Minnesota Hospital Association, to succeed Wayne NeSmith as president. Rueben is expected to join the Tallahassee-based association in July after roughly nine years as head of the St. Paul-based Minnesota Hospital Association, according to the FHA.
NeSmith, whose contract expires later this year, announced his retirement in January 2007. Then 65 years old, NeSmith denied that a failed attempt to oust him by a large Florida hospital chain prompted his decision to step down. I will be 67 at the end of September 2008, NeSmith told Modern Healthcare at the time. (See Changing of the old guard). Its time for me to move on.
The FHA board of trustees has made an excellent decision in selecting Bruce Rueben, said NeSmith, in an e-mailed statement. He has the experience, vision and enthusiasm to effectively lead the association. Rueben, who declined to release his age, was traveling an unavailable for comment, said MHA spokeswoman Amy Harris.
Rueben earned total compensationwages, benefits and expense allowanceof $601,890 in fiscal 2005, according to publicly available tax records for the MHA. NeSmiths total 2005 compensation totaled $438,791. -- by Melanie Evans