Memorial Healthcare System appointed three new administrators internally, including J.E. Piriz to the role of senior vice president of the public system based in Hollywood, Fla. A spokeswoman for Memorial said Piriz replaces Rodney Miller, who resigned in July 2008 after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to stealing from a former hospital employer in the Virgin Islands. Miller’s trial is still pending. Piriz, 55, formerly served as senior vice president of the system’s eastern operations and CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood. Zeff Ross, 53, is becoming senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Regional, the South Florida system’s largest hospital. He formerly served as senior vice president of the system’s western operations and interim CEO of Memorial Hospital Pembroke. His predecessor, Martha Garcia, is no longer with the system. Leah Carpenter, 44, is becoming administrator and CEO of Memorial Hospital Pembroke. Carpenter was formerly the CNO of Memorial Hospital Miramar. The position changes for Piriz and Ross allow the system to eliminate its eastern and western operations positions, a system spokeswoman said. … Abington (Pa.) Health named Laurence Merlis to succeed Richard Jones Jr. as president and CEO, effective Feb. 15. Jones announced his retirement in July and is expected to step down at the end of January after 11 years as CEO of Abington Memorial Hospital and after the 2008 acquisition of Landsdale Hospital. Merlis will join Abington Health from GBMC HealthCare/Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he has been president and CEO since 1999. Abington declined to release ages for Jones and Merlis. … Medical City Dallas Hospital named Erol Akdamar as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 11, 2010. Akdamar, 42, currently serves as CEO at St. David’s South Austin Hospital. A news release about Akdamar’s appointment highlighted some of his recent successes, including expanding admissions by 20% and securing funding for a $72 million campus expansion. … Marilyn Schock was named CEO of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo., after serving as interim CEO since October. McKee Medical Center is part of Phoenix-based Banner Health, and Schock, 47, has been with the system for more than 23 years. She began her career in 1986 as a staff occupational therapist at McKee. Most recently, Schock served as associate administrator for North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. She replaces Chris Cornue, who left McKee Medical Center in October to be closer to his family in Chicago. … Maria Ryan was appointed the new CEO of Cottage Hospital, a critical-access hospital in Woodsville, N.H. Ryan, 45, who was appointed to the new position by the hospital’s board of trustees, is expected to take on her CEO duties in January 2010. Previously, Ryan served as Cottage Hospital’s CNO and COO for three years. Her predecessor, Reg Lavoie, served as the hospital’s CEO for 17 years.
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