Larry Gage, president and founder of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, announced he would retire from the organization July 1. Dr. Bruce Siegel, 50, CEO of the NAPH, will assume that role as well, according to a news release from the Washington-based association. Siegel was named to the CEO position last year. Gage, 63, who founded the organization in January 1981, will continue to practice law as a partner with Ropes & Gray, advising the NAPH and other clients, the release said. “We all owe Larry Gage a huge debt of gratitude and appreciation for what he has done to aid and protect the poor and vulnerable, and to assist them in obtaining quality health care,” Dr. Kirk Calhoun, chairman of the NAPH Board and president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, said in the release.
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Harris County Hospital District, Houston, named Michael Norby as CFO of the public health system. Norby, 56, had been serving as interim CFO since April 2010, and replaces Ferdinand Gaenzel, who retired, according to a district spokeswoman. … Johns Hopkins Medicine named Steven Thompson to succeed Harris Benny as CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, effective Jan. 1. Benny stepped down Dec. 31. Thompson, 51, previously served as CEO of the international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine from 1999 to 2007, according to a news release. He stepped down to oversee coordination and planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior VP. ... Richard Hastings will retire as president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., on July 31, according to a news release from the system. The system will consider internal and external candidates for his replacement. Hastings, who will turn 66 in May, has been CEO of the system since 1996 and has spent 35 years working for the system since he joined as an administrative resident in 1976. During his tenure as CEO, the system grew to 11 hospitals in a 67-county area of Kansas and Missouri. Hastings was named to Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare list in 2004, 2005 and 2007. … Margaret “Maggie” Gill became acting CEO of Memorial Health after the board of the Savannah, Ga., hospital voted to terminate the contract of President and CEO Phillip Schaengold. Gill, 39, joined Memorial Health six years ago and was senior VP and COO until the board's action Jan. 5. Schaengold, whose age was not available, was hired in June 2009, coming from University Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. Memorial Health spokeswoman Becky Keightley said the board “decided to part ways with him over a disagreement about several things, most of them related to our finances.” The 15 of 16 board members present at the meeting voted unanimously, she said. The system is projecting to have lost $27 million on $569 million in revenue in 2010. ... Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., has appointed a past member of its board of directors and its sponsors council, Sister Mary Persico, as executive VP of mission integration for the 24-hospital Roman Catholic system. Persico, 63, succeeds Sister Julie Casey, who announced her retirement last year following 12 years in the position. Persico, who began in the job in October, directs leadership for the system's sponsorship structure, including orientation and education at existing and new CHE sponsorship communities. She also will oversee CHE's public juridic person, Hope Ministries, and provide support and leadership for mission and ethics functions to CHE and its international healthcare organization, Global Health Ministry. Persico served on the CHE board from 2006 to 2009, and on its sponsors council from 2004 to 2010. She also served as president of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, one of CHE's religious sponsors. … Provena Health, Mokena, Ill., promoted Anthony Filer, 56, to COO of the system from senior VP and CFO, effective Jan. 1. The COO position had been unfilled for years and is effectively a new position, said Lisa Lagger, a spokeswoman for Provena. Filer's new role includes management of Provena's six hospitals, its long-term-care and home-care division and the system's Performance Excellence initiatives, according to a news release. He joined Provena Health in 2002 as VP of finance and CFO and was promoted to senior VP in March 2005.
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