Lee Penrose was promoted to president and CEO of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., effective May 19. Penrose, who was senior vice president and CFO of the hospital for eight years, succeeds Robert Fraschetti, who announced his retirement last year. Their ages were not immediately available. Gregory Banaszynski will step down as CEO of SynergyHealth, West Bend, Wis., according to a written statement from the executive. Banaszynski, 54, joined SynergyHealth in February 2006. SynergyHealth is nearing completion of an affiliation with Froedtert & Community Health, Milwaukee, which will lead to the end of SynergyHealth as a separate company, Banaszynski said. He is expected to leave June 1 and the affiliation is expected to be completed July 1, a SynergyHealth spokesman said. St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, North Providence, named John Fogarty president and CEO. Fogarty, 47, has served as acting president and CEO of the Catholic-sponsored health provider since the resignation last year of H. John Keimig, who took a position with Quality Partners of Rhode Island. Fogarty joined St. Joseph in 1998, and became an executive vice president in 2003. The Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division, Baton Rouge, named Sherre Pack-Hookfin CEO of the Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, Independence, La., a critical-access hospital with outpatient clinics. Pack-Hookfin, 50, has served as acting CEO at Lallie Kemp since July 2007, after LeVern Meades retired. Previously, she served as the hospitals associate administrator, acute-care administrator, and human resources director and equal employment opportunity coordinator. Prospect Medical Holdings, Santa Ana, Calif., said that Samuel Lee will replace Jacob Terner as chairman of the board of directors. Lee, 41, was promoted to CEO of the company in March, with Terner retaining his role as executive chairman. Terner, 74, has resigned and intends to pursue other business and personal interests, according to Prospect. Lee joined Prospect last year, when the company acquired his former employer, Alta Healthcare System, Los Angeles. Lee is a former general partner with private-equity firm Kline Hawkes & Co., Los Angeles. Terner joined Prospect in July 1996, according to a securities filing. Prospect manages the care of 240,000 HMO enrollees, and operates two hospitals with a total of four campuses in Southern California. Daniel McElligott was named president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb. McElligott, 45, begins July 1, and will replace Mike Gloor, who is resigning and has announced that he will run for a seat in the Nebraska State Legislature, according to a news release. McElligott joined St. Francis, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, in July 1995 and has been COO since June 2003. Charles Podesta was named CIO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, an academic medical center in Burlington, Vt. Podesta, 50, is scheduled to join the provider on June 2. He most recently served as senior vice president and CIO for six-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston.
On the Move
John Bennett Jr. was tapped to become president and CEO on July 1 of Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Albany, N.Y., a physician-founded health plan with more than 400,000 members. Bennett, 54, is currently chairman of the board, a position he will relinquish, and replaces William Cromie, who announced in March that he will be stepping down for health reasons. Bennett has been chairman since 2003 and a member of the board since 1996. A practicing cardiologist in the Albany area, Bennett practices with Albany Associates in Cardiology, a division of Prime Care Physicians, and is chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital. He has served as interim CEO of Prime Care since November 2007.
Wendy Wilts was hired for the newly created position of executive vice president of operations for SpineMark Corp., a San Diego-based spine-care services organization. Wilts, 47, worked for the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health system for 14 years, most recently as the vice president of operations for its neurosciences and hospital-based services division. She also worked with SpineMark to develop the Sanford Spine Center. ... Orthopedic-device maker Zimmer Holdings, Warsaw, Ind., appointed Mark Throdahl, 57, group president of global business. Throdahl will oversee the companys spine, dental, trauma and orthopedic-surgical products. He will also have responsibility for Zimmers Human Motion Institute and its computer-assisted solutions division. Throdahl will report to David Dvorak, Zimmer president and CEO, who held the title before being promoted to his current position in May 2007. Prior to joining Zimmer, Throdahl served as CEO of the medical-device company Consort Medical, Milton Keynes, U.K.
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