Recently sworn-in Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, has named Dr. Theodore Wymyslo director of the Ohio Health Department. Wymyslo, a primary-care physician, has pushed for implementation of patient-centered medical home models in Ohio. He served on the state's Enhanced Primary Care Home Steering Committee as a representative of the Patient Centered Medical Home Education Advisory Group. He previously was administrative director of the office of family practice education and development at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, according to the Ohio Health Care Coverage and Quality Council. Kasich's office did not provide Wymyslo's age.
Dr. Theodore Wymyslo named director of Ohio Health Department, and other news
Mark Taylor is the new president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary's Health System in Milwaukee, effective Feb. 15. Taylor, 59, succeeds Leo Brideau, 64, who has been promoted to a newly created senior executive position at parent system Ascension Health of St. Louis. Details of Brideau's new job will be announced at a later date, according to a news release. Taylor has been president and CEO of Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Mich., since 2007, which is also part of Ascension. Taylor has more than 35 years' experience in healthcare leadership. He was also president and CEO of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Betsy Aderholdt, president of Genesys Regional Medical Center, and Chris Palazzolo, the hospital's CFO, will take the helm as co-leaders at Genesys on Feb. 11 on an interim basis during the search for a new top executive to replace Taylor. … Doug Johnson joined Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., this month as VP for acquisitions and development, according to a news release. Johnson, 46, has spent the past two years working as VP for business development with the distressed-hospitals unit of Quorum Health Resources, the hospital-management division of Community Health Systems, Franklin. Before that, Johnson was VP for acquisitions and development for Community itself from 2003 through 2008. … Stephen Gary has been named senior VP and CFO at Akron (Ohio) General Health System. Gary, 54, is set to begin the job Jan. 31 and comes to Akron General from St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa., where he was senior VP and CFO since 2005, according to a news release from Akron General. Gary replaces Debbie Gorbach, who served as Akron General's interim CFO for the past two years and will remain with the system as VP of accounting and finance. …
Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, has moved a CEO from one of its Houston hospitals to take the helm at its St. Louis University Hospital, effective Jan. 7. Phillip Sowa, 63, has worked for Tenet since 2005, when he became CEO of Tenet's Meadowcrest Hospital, Gretna, La. After Tenet sold the hospital to Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, in 2006, Sowa went on to become CEO of Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. Prior to joining Tenet, Sowa was an executive with not-for-profit or public hospitals and systems in Youngstown, Ohio; San Francisco; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans; and three in Texas. Sowa replaces Crystal Haynes, who resigned from the position last month. Haynes had been the hospital's CEO for nine years and left to pursue other opportunities, according to a Tenet spokesman. … Steward Health Care System named Bill Walczak to succeed Sister Marie Puleo as president of Caritas Carney Hospital, effective Feb. 14. Puleo, who serves as the hospital's interim president, will rejoin the senior staff of Steward, which Cerberus Capital Management formed after acquiring Caritas Christi Health Care. Walczak has served as CEO of Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, Mass., for 30 years. His age was not provided. … Resurrection Health Care, Chicago, has named emergency medicine physician Dr. Scott Betzelos to a newly created position as senior VP of performance distinction for the Roman Catholic system. Betzelos, 48, is the founder of Diversified Emergency Services, a medical group providing emergency and hospitalist services in Chicago. Most recently, he served as medical director of emergency medicine for Resurrection.
Dr. Scott Covington was named to the new position of corporate medical director of National Healing Corp., Boca Raton, Fla. Covington, 47, will continue in his role as a regional medical director for National Healing and as medical director at the Wound Healing Center at Duke Raleigh (N.C.) Hospital, according to a news release from National Healing. Covington, a general surgeon, will provide guidance to the medical staff of National Healing's centers nationally in his new job. As regional medical director, Covington continues to oversee clinical services for centers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, according to the release.
After recently stepping down as Minnesota's health commissioner,
Dr. Sanne Magnan is returning to her old job as president and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, a Bloomington, Minn.-based not-for-profit healthcare quality improvement organization that works with 60 medical groups and hospitals and is sponsored by five health plans in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Magnan, 58, replaces Dr. Kent Bottles, who left the organization this past summer. The institute's COO, John Sakowski, has been serving as interim president since then. Magnan was the institute's president in 2006 and 2007, before then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed her to be the state's health commissioner; Pawlenty did not seek re-election. Magnan previously was VP and medical director for consumer health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Stephen Morris, a former president of the American Hospital Association, died on Jan. 13 at the age of 82 from complications of an aneurysm. A native of Arkansas, Morris had a long career in hospital administration, starting in 1954 when he became an assistant administrator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He became president and CEO of the hospital in 1996. Later, he was promoted to board chairman and CEO of SamCor, also in Phoenix, which operated Samaritan Health Service. It was one of the first not-for-profit hospital systems in the nation, according to information provided by the AHA. Morris served as president of the AHA in 1972, and was active in the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association as well. He retired in 1985 and moved to Wickenberg, Ariz.
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