James Davis was named executive vice president and COO of University Health Care System in Augusta, Ga. Davis had been COO at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, Ohio, which is owned by Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati. Davis replaces Jason Moore, who is no longer with University Health Care. Davis is expected to begin his new role in mid-January. Davis age was not available at deadline. Diana Hendel was named CEO of Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center and Miller Childrens Hospital. Hendel, who is currently COO of the facility, will succeed Terry Belmont, who will resign effective Jan. 15. Hendels age was not immediately available. Hendel has been with MemorialCare Medical Centers, the not-for-profit parent of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Childrens, for the past 18 years. She has served as COO of the facility the past two years. ... Lovelace Medical Center, Albuquerque, announced David Nevill as CEO. Nevill succeeds Clay Holderman, who resigned from Lovelace in June 2008 and accepted a position as administrator of Presbyterian Rio Rancho (N.M) Medical Center in July. Most recently, Nevill was senior president of business development at Apollo Hospitals Enterprises in Chennai, India. Nevills age was not available at deadline. Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif., named Florence Di Benedetto senior vice president and general counsel. Di Benedetto, 52, previously was a senior partner in the law firm Hunter Richey Di Benedetto & Eisenbeis and for more than 10 years managed the firms healthcare practice. Her position with Sutter Health becomes effective Jan. 5, and she succeeds Gary Loveridge, 65, who is retiring after 17 years with the system. Lorraine Auerbach was named president and CEO of Seton Medical Center, Daly City, Calif., and Seton Coastside, Moss Beach, Calif., both of which are part of the Daughters of Charity Health System. Auerbach had been serving as the interim president and CEO for the past six months after Bernadette Smith, former president and CEO, retired. Auerbach declined to provide her age. West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, named Ned Laubacher to be the next president and CEO of Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, Pa. Laubacher, 45, vice president for operations and strategic services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa, Calif., is expected to start Feb. 1. Michael Harlovic has been interim president and CEO at Alle-Kiski. Harlovic, 47, will remain with Alle-Kiski as vice president for patient services. Harlovic was named interim CEO in June 2008 after Cindy Schamp resigned as Alle-Kiskis president and CEO to join Baylor Medical Center at Irving (Texas) as president, according to West Penn Allegheny. Donna Rice was named president of the Southern Sector Health Initiative for Baylor Health Care System, Dallas. The new initiatives goal is to create a center of excellence for prevention and treatment of diabetes. Rice, whose age was not available at deadline, will oversee the new Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center, which will be renovated as part of a $15 million three-year project to provide comprehensive diabetes services serving south Dallas. Rice is the immediate past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Colleen Swartz was named enterprise chief nursing officer of UK HealthCare, Lexington, Ky. Swartz, 46, will be responsible for developing strategy and directing patient care and nursing practices within UK HealthCare. Previously, Swartz was the nursing operations administrator and Capacity Command Center director at UK HealthCare. She also served as interim director of the critical-care division since January 2008. WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., said it named Susan Weaver as senior vice president of WakeMed Physician Practices. Weaver, 47, will oversee WakeMeds multispecialty physician practices. WakeMed said it expects to add more primary-care and specialty practices to its medical group. Weaver was executive director of Alliance Medical Ministry, a not-for-profit organization that provided affordable primary care to uninsured patients in Wake County, N.C.
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