The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living named Dr. David Gifford to its new position of senior VP of quality and regulatory affairs. Gifford, former director of the Rhode Island State Health Department, will lead the internal quality department and launch quality-improvement initiatives for long-term-care patients. Gifford, 48, previously worked as a geriatrician and medical director at nursing facilities. He is chairman of the National Quality Forum's Public/Community Health Agency Council.
Gifford named senior VP at American Health Care Association, and other moves
Methodist Health System, Dallas, named Laura Irvine president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, replacing Michael Mayo, who was hired in 2008. Irvine, a Modern Healthcare Up &Comer in 2005, will remain president of Methodist Mansfield (Texas) Medical Center until a replacement can be named, and Pam Stoyanoff, executive VP and COO, will act as interim head of Methodist Dallas until that occurs, according to a news release. Methodist declined to say why Mayo left or what his plans are.
Long-term-care provider LifeCare Holdings, Plano, Texas, promoted Phillip Douglas to the post of chairman and CEO. Douglas, who also serves as president of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association board, replaces Wayne McAlister, who is retiring after three years at the company's helm. Douglas, 52, was promoted to president of LifeCare in April 2008 after two years as its CFO.
Hospira, a maker of generic injectable drugs, has named Allergan President F. Michael Ball its new CEO, triggering the succession of Hospira's founding CEO, Christopher Begley. Hospira's board of directors also appointed Begley its executive chairman so he can continue to provide strategic counsel as the firm shifts to new executive management, according to a news release from the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company. Begley has been the top executive at the firm since it spun off from Abbott Laboratories in 2004. Ball, 55, worked for 16 years at Allergan. His appointment at Hospira is effective March 27.
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