Jeff Schmidt, director of the Federal Trade Commissions Bureau of Competition, plans to leave the commission Aug. 22 to join Linklaters law firm as a partner in their New York office. David Wales, the bureaus deputy director will be succeeding Schmidt as its acting director, FTC Chairman William Kovacic announced. The FTC declined to provide either persons age. Schmidt had been the FTCs director of the Bureau of Competition for the past 2½ years, according to the FTC. In the merger area, Schmidt directed enforcement efforts against several proposed transactions, including the Inova-Prince William Hospital case (May 19, p. 6.) He also helped lead the FTC in gaining favorable enforcement results in cases involving Boston Scientific Corp. and Guidant Corp.; and Fresenius Medical Care and Renal Care Group. Schmidt joined the commission in February 2005 as the competition bureaus deputy director.
On the Move
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., named physician John McConnell as CEO, putting one executive in charge of the hospital and the research and academic programs for the first time in its 86-year history. McConnell, 54, is expected to start at Wake Forest by Nov. 1. McConnell, a urologist by training, is leaving a position as executive vice president for health systems affairs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. McConnell has been at UT Southwestern since 1980, when he began a four-year urology residency there. He has worked in various administrative jobs for the hospital and medical school and also has been a professor of urology since 1984. Wake Forest announced in March 2007 that it would restructure its governance to produce a single governing body led by a CEO. Kennedy Health System, Voorhees, N.J., named Martin Bieber to succeed Richard Murray as president and CEO when Murray steps down on June 1, 2009. Murray, 60, will leave Kennedy Health after 17 years as its CEO. Bieber, 57, Kennedy Healths senior vice president of operations since early 2006, has been appointed executive vice president of the three-campus hospital until Murrays exit. Previously, Bieber, a certified public accountant, spent 14 years with Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Rockville, Center, N.Y. Michalene Maringer was named president and CEO of Via Christi Wichita (Kan.) Health Network, according to its parent system, Via Christi Health System. Maringer, 54, will join Via Christi Wichita in September. Maringers executive experience with Catholic health systems and academic medical centers and her clinical experience as a nurse provided great preparation for this job, said Tony Isaac, chairman of the Via Christi Wichita board and a member of the search committee that sought a replacement for Larry Schumacher. Schumacher left Via Christi Wichita in November 2007 to become COO of Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill. Maringer has been executive vice president and chief hospital officer of St. Anthonys Medical Center, St. Louis, since 2004. Via Christi Health System is affiliated with Ascension Health, St. Louis, and Marian Health System, Tulsa, Okla.
Gery Barry is the new chief strategy officer at Aetna, reporting to CEO Ronald Williams and taking a leadership role in national and international strategy for the Hartford, Conn.-based insurer. Barry, 55, has been president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana since 1994. Barry previously worked for Aetna from 1975 to 1996, serving as vice president of national accounts for Aetna Health Plans. He left Aetna to serve as president and CEO of Liberty Health, a Canadian health and life insurer.
Neil Kurtz was named president and CEO of long-term-care provider Golden Living, Fort Smith, Ark. Kurtz, 57, fills a slot previously held by Randy Churchey, who left in July of 2007, according to a company spokesman. Since then, the company, owned by Fillmore Capital Partners, was run by an Office of the President consisting of Larry Deans, executive vice president and chief administrative officer; Cindy Susienka, president and CEO of Golden Living subsidiary Golden Innovations; and Richard Skelly, executive vice president and CFO. Kurtz most recently was president and CEO of TorreyPines Therapeutics. Home health provider Addus HealthCare named Frank Leonard as CFO, effective immediately. Leonard succeeds David Stasiewicz, who will remain at the company as vice president of finance and controller, according to a spokesman for the company. Before joining Addus, Leonard served as CFO of Lifewatch Corp., a provider of cardiac-monitoring services based in Rosemont, Ill. The company declined to give Leonards age.
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