Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., said it has hired Michael Wiechart as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. Wiechart, 44, is leaving his position as a group president overseeing 21 hospitals in southern and western states with LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn. Wiechart also has worked for Nashville-based HCA and Province Healthcare Co., Brentwood. Capellas founders are Province alums.
Wiechart is filling a position made vacant by the retirement last month of Tom Pemberton. Pemberton, 56, was Capellas COO for three years.
Capella operates 14 hospitals.