The board of West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson, chose Bobby Arnold as the system's president and CEO. The system promoted Arnold, 55, to interim president and CEO in June 2009, replacing Richard Parks. Arnold has worked for West Tennessee Healthcare since 1985. He became vice president and CFO of the system in 1999 and held the position until his promotion to interim president and CEO. Before joining West Tennessee Healthcare, Arnold was a member of the Jackson Police Department from 1975 to 1981 and a senior auditor for the state of Tennessee from 1981 to 1985. Arnold was born at the system's flagship hospital, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, and grew up in the Jackson area. … Russ Danielson is retiring as CEO and senior vice president of Providence Health & Services of Oregon, effective in late 2010. Danielson, 55, has spent the past 25 years with Providence and the past nine years leading Oregon operations of the not-for-profit system. Providence will be launching an executive search for a successor, a process officials expect to take six to nine months. Danielson will remain on to ensure a smooth transition, according to a news release. … Reginald Coopwood left the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority to accept the CEO position at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Tenn., commonly known as the Med, effective March 1. As previously reported (Jan. 4, p. 34), Coopwood, 50, was offered the job in December 2009. … Texas Health Resources, Arlington, named Jonathan Scholl as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective in late February. Previously, Scholl, 48, led the North American healthcare provider practice at Boston Consulting Group. Scholl will report to CEO Doug Hawthorne and lead the system's strategic planning and business development functions in the newly created position. … Peninsula Regional Health System, Salisbury, Md., named Peggy Naleppa president and CEO of the system, also assuming the role of CEO of the system's acute-care hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Naleppa, 57, already serves as president of the hospital. The changes were part of a 2-year-old succession plan in which Naleppa took over the titles held by outgoing system President and CEO Alan Newberry, a news release says. Succeeding Naleppa as COO is Lura Cynthia Lunsford, 54, whose title becomes executive vice president and COO at the medical center. Lunsford has worked as vice president of ambulatory and professional services at the hospital since 2005, and assumed day-to-day operational responsibility for the hospital last summer, a news release said. … Coral Gables-based Baptist Health South Florida is reorganizing its CEO structure, shuffling four of its top executives in order to prepare for the opening of Miami-Dade's first new hospital in 40 years, according to a Baptist Health South Florida news release. Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, 49, a longtime executive at the South Florida system, will become the first CEO of the new West Kendall Baptist Hospital, in Miami's southwest suburbs, a facility that is still under construction and expected to open early next year. Hernandez-Lichtl leaves his current post as CEO of South Miami Hospital, Miami. Taking on the top job at South Miami Hospital is Lincoln Mendez, 53. Mendez currently serves as CEO of Doctors Hospital, Coral Gables. Taking over that role will be Nelson Lazo, 52, who will be leaving his CEO job at Mariners Hospital, Tavernier. And taking on the role of CEO at Mariners will be Rick Freeburg, 52, the COO at South Miami Hospital. All four job changes were effective Jan. 18. … Centura Health, an Englewood, Colo.-based system, named Robert Harris to the new position of CEO of Physician Enterprises, a 1-year-old operating organization responsible for all of Centura's physician practices. Harris, 58, will be responsible for coordinating and linking physician practices with Centura hospitals and fostering partnerships with organizations that could connect Centura physicians “to other community assets,” a news release said. Harris previously worked as the associate vice chancellor and chief ambulatory officer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Created last January, Physician Enterprises has its own governing board, which includes physicians and representatives from Centura's corporate leadership, hospitals and other operating groups. … Deb Krmpotic was named to serve as CEO for Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek, Ariz., when it opens on Nov. 1. Krmpotic is the chief nursing officer at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., and was administrator/CEO of Lisbon (N.D.) Medical Center, and Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish, S.D., both facilities owned by Banner Health, a not-for-profit system based in Phoenix. Her age was not available. Banner Ironwood was completed in fall 2009, but the opening has been delayed because of the poor economy (Nov. 9, 2009, p. 14). Nancy Burton was named incoming CEO of Banner Ironwood in 2008, but left Banner Health when the opening was stalled. Banner Ironwood will open with an emergency department, 36 beds and a focus on general and intensive care, obstetrics and surgery.
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