Richard Hachten, who had been serving as interim president and CEO of Alegent Health and had agreed to stay for up to two years, has now agreed to stay on indefinitely at the Omaha, Neb.-based, nine-hospital system. Six months after retiring from the system, Hachten, 65, took over on a temporary basis after the October 2009 resignation of Wayne Sensor. Sensor's departure was followed by the resignations of the executive VP, CMO, senior VP of human resources and the chief marketing and communications officer. Until his retirement, Hachten had served as president of Alegent since its founding in 1996. Hachten's announcement follows the hiring this month of Richard Miller as chief quality officer. “These are certainly trying times,” Hachten said in a news release. “But there is no place I'd rather be and no one else I'd rather work with than the people of Alegent Health.” … James Pope was named president and CEO of Franciscan Services Corp., the healthcare ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, which sponsors four hospitals in Texas and one in Ohio. Pope, 52, is scheduled to begin the job Aug. 23 and succeeds John O'Connell, 67, who is retiring. Pope comes to the organization from Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, where he was president for its southwest region. … Mission Health System, Asheville, N.C., said it hired Ronald Paulus to be president and CEO of the system and its flagship campus, Mission Hospital, Asheville, effective Sept. 1. Paulus, 47, will replace Carleton Rider, who became Mission Hospital's interim CEO after Joseph Damore left the system Jan. 31. Paulus, a physician, is leaving Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., after five years. Paulus most recently has been Geisinger's executive VP for clinical operations and chief innovation officer. … H.L. Perry Pepper will retire as president and CEO of the Chester County Hospital and Health System, West Chester, Pa., at the end of September, the hospital said. Pepper, 67, joined Chester Hospital in 1977. Pepper will remain until a successor is named, according to a news release. … Guthrie Health System, Sayre, Pa., named Marie Droege to succeed John Nespoli as COO. Droege will continue as president of Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, one of Guthrie's three hospitals. Nespoli left the position to become the president and CEO of Sacred Heart HealthCare System, Allentown, Pa., in July 2009. Droege's age was not available. … The Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance, a public healthcare system, promoted Gerald Steinberg to the position of CMO. Steinberg, 67, started at Cambridge Health in 2005 as chief medical quality officer and senior medical director. … Emergency medicine physician Reginald Eadie was named president of Detroit Receiving Hospital, part of Detroit Medical Center. Eadie, 41, replaces Iris Taylor, 58, a registered nurse who held the position for the past five years and last month was appointed chief business officer for the system. Eadie joined Detroit Medical Center in 2008 as VP of medical affairs for Harper University Hospital, which includes Hutzel Women's Hospital.
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