Brett Gosney, 49, CEO of the Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango, Colo., took over as president of Physician Hospitals of America, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based trade group that represents physician-owned hospitals, during the groups eighth annual conference Oct. 2-4 in Palm Springs, Calif. Michael Russell, 43, an orthopedic surgeon from Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, Tyler, was named president-elect. The group has 167 facility members and about 80 corporate members, said PHA Executive Director Molly Sandvig.
On the move
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, 54, former associate dean and professor of public-health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, joined Spencer Stuart as a consultant, according to a news release from Spencer Stuart.
Marvin OQuinn, president and CEO at publicly owned Jackson Health System, Miami, is leaving to become one of two new executive vice presidents and COOs of Catholic Healthcare West. Also taking on the new dual role at the system is William Hunt, who has worked in leadership at the San Francisco-based system since 1996, most recently as a president of group operations for 15 of its hospitals. Hunt has also served as the president and CEO of the Catholic Healthcare West Medical Foundation, a group practice of more than 300 physicians. In their new positions, OQuinn and Hunt will each handle about half of the systems facilities, replacing Michael Erne, the systems former COO and executive vice president, who retired this month. CHW declined to provide their ages as a matter of policy. A news release from the system said that the creation of the dual executive positions will flatten the organizations management by eliminating three positions of group president of operations. Hunt will be responsible for operations in Northern California and OQuinn will handle the facilities in Arizona, Nevada and California south of San Luis Obispo. OQuinns new post becomes effective Jan. 1. St. Marys of Michigan, Saginaw, said John Graham will become president and CEO in late October. Graham, 57, is leaving the top post at North Oakland Medical Centers, Pontiac, Mich., which filed for bankruptcy protection in August as part of a deal to sell the struggling hospital to physician investors (Sept. 22, p. 6). At St. Marys of Michigan, a member of Ascension Health, Graham replaces interim President and CEO Andrew Allen. Tony McLean is the new COO at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. McLean, 38, most recently was vice president of operations at Virginia Mason Health System, Seattle. He replaces Sister Anne McNamara, who has served as interim COO at the facility since January. Robert Erickson has become regional COO for Aspirus, Wausau, Wis., taking on a newly created position. Erickson, 42, was formerly senior vice president of strategic planning and business development for 10-year-old Aspirus. He is now responsible for executive oversight of operations, outcomes, integration and systems development for the system. Deryl Jones is retiring from his position as president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., effective Jan. 2, 2009. Jones, 58, has served in the post since 1998. A search is under way for his successor. Stephen Jones Jr., was named CEO of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, Texas, an HCA hospital. Jones, 38, previously was CEO of Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, Texas, also an HCA hospital. He replaces Don Shaffett, who retired in August. Margaret Hanson, 59, was selected to take over as president of Caritas Norwood (Mass.) Hospital, according to a news release. Hanson, a registered nurse, will replace John Chessare, 57, who left to pursue other opportunities.
Longtime CMS lawyer Don Romano will join the law firm of Arent Fox in Washington. As director of the CMS technical payment policy division, Romano, 55, has been responsible for writing the regulations that implement the Stark law restrictions on physician self-referral for Medicare services.
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