DETROIT—Henry Ford Health System promoted Bob Riney to the role of president and chief operating officer from his current title of executive vice president and COO. Riney, 51, takes on the role of president from Nancy Schlichting, 56, who will continue as CEO. Riney's new responsibilities include behavioral health, internal audit and compliance, diversity and a wide range of clinical and administrative areas, according to a news release.
Regional News/Midwest: Riney named president of Henry Ford, and other news
Riney already was responsible for oversight of Henry Ford hospitals and community-based health services. Among other executive changes, Henry Ford also named Dr. Mark Kelley chief medical officer. Kelley, 63, will keep his previous title of system executive vice president and CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group. Kelley will be expanding his responsibilities to include system oversight of medical affairs and will share with Riney oversight of the Henry Ford Physician Network and the development of systemwide clinical service lines, according to the release. “While our organizational structure has performed very well, I believe our growth requires some important changes to ensure Henry Ford's continued success,” Schlichting said in the release.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—The University of Kansas Hospital has agreed to combine its cancer center with the Kansas City Cancer Center, Overland Park, Kan., according to a joint news release. Neither the terms of the agreement nor a timetable for completing the transaction was disclosed. Under the agreement, the hospital would acquire KCCC's 10 facilities, and the nonphysician employees of KCCC would become part of the University of Kansas Hospital. KCCC's 33 physicians would join the University of Kansas Physicians group and become faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. KCCC's affiliation with US Oncology, a practice-management company, would continue in part. US Oncology, which was acquired last year by McKesson Corp. in a deal worth $2.2 billion, will provide some proprietary products and collaborate with the combined cancer center on research, which will expand access to research projects to patients at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, according to the release.
CHARLESTON, Ill.—A radiology practice in central Illinois has formed a strategic alliance with a national teleradiology company. Lakeland Radiologists announced it will merge with an affiliated medical practice of Virtual Radiologic. The new entity, to be called Lakeland Radiology Alliance, will share technology, clinical data and expertise. Lakeland has 15 radiologists serving four regional hospitals and several clinics. Virtual Radiologic, also known as vRad, of Eden Prairie, Minn., is a teleradiology company with more than 325 radiologists serving 2,700 facilities nationwide. “As we looked at growth of our practice and the changing landscape of the healthcare industry, we had to find more efficient ways to meet the increasing demands for our services,” Dr. Aldo Ruffolo, Lakeland's medical director, said in a news release. “We had been providing traditional onsite radiology for years, which was becoming increasingly challenging in our broad geography without a fully integrated teleradiology solution.”
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