The American Hospital Association, Chicago, named Linda Fishman senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, effective immediately. Fishman, who declined to give her age, succeeds Carmela Coyle, who stepped down in May after 10 years as AHAs senior vice president for policy to become president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. Fishman, previously the trade associations vice president for legislative affairs, joined the AHA in October 2006.
On the Move
On July 3, Dwayne Thomas was removed from his role as CEO for University Hospital, the Louisiana State University interim public hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Cathi Fontenot, 49, LSUs medical director, will serve as interim CEO, according to Charles Zewe, spokesman for the LSU system. Thomas, 50, was escorted out by LSU administrators, which Zewe said is a routine practice. It was an administrative decision based on personnel reasons, Zewe said of Thomass removal, adding that LSU does not comment on those reasons. Dr. Thomas continues to be a member of the faculty at the LSU School of Medicine as a tenured professor and will continue that. The timeline for the CEO search is not clearly defined, Zewe said, mainly because the system is involved in the major redesign of the healthcare system in the state. George Brown is the new president and CEO of not-for-profit Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore., effective Sept. 8. Brown has been COO of MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., for the past four years. He is also retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of brigadier general. Brown, 61, succeeds Pamela Vukovich, CFO, who has been serving as Legacys interim president and CEO. Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen (Texas) named Daniel McLean, 63, as senior vice president and CEO, effective Aug. 18. McLean succeeds Jim Wesson, who plans to leave Valley Baptist at the end of July to become vice president and administrator for Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels (Texas). Most recently, McLean was the CEO of Harlingen (Texas) Medical Center. ... Kevin Shrake was named permanent president and CEO of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Belleville, Ill., after serving on an interim basis since February after the resignation of Timothy Brady. Before joining St. Elizabeths, part of Hospital Sisters Health System, Shrake, 53, was the administrator of heart services at St. Louis University Hospital. Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters also said Lowell Jones was named president and CEO of St. Josephs Hospital in Breese, Ill. Jones, who declined to provide his age, has been the interim leader since Jacolyn Schlautman retired 11 months ago.
Michael DeBakey, the surgeon who performed the first aorto-coronary artery bypass, died July 11 from natural causes at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was 99. Dr. DeBakey single-handedly raised the standard of medical care, teaching and research around the world, said George Noon, a cardiovascular surgeon and longtime partner of DeBakeys in a news release issued by Baylor College of Medicine. DeBakey is credited with developing mobile army surgical hospital units, performing the first carotid artery blockage removal, and the first patch-graft angioplasty.
Christopher Todoroff is leaving Aetna for a job as senior vice president and general counsel at Humana, effective Aug. 4. Todoroff has been with Aetna for the past 13 years, most recently working as vice president and senior corporate counsel. He replaces Arthur Hipwell who is retiring after 15 years in the job. Hipwell joined Louisville, Ky.-based Humana in 1979. Ages of both were unavailable from the insurers.
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