Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash., has named one of its top executives, Mike Butler, the system's new COO and executive VP.
Mike Butler named COO and executive VP of Providence Health & Services, and other moves
Butler, 50, previously held the role of executive VP of finance and strategy for the Catholic health system, which has 26 hospitals mainly along the West Coast. The system COO role was formerly held by Greg Van Pelt, who is currently the executive VP and chief executive of Providence's Oregon region. In his new role, Butler will oversee systemwide efforts to improve quality, physician services and finances, as well as several specific initiatives such as implementing an electronic health-record system across all of Providence's operations. … Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, Pa., named Phillip Robinson president of Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, Pa., effective March 31. He had been in the post on an interim basis, and he succeeds Elaine Thompson. Robinson, 54, previously was a managing director with Hunter Partners, a consulting company, and he was formerly CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, and an HCA executive, according to a news release from Main Line. Robinson will also oversee the Lankenau Institute for Medical Centers and the Annenberg Center for Medical Education.
Cindy Ehnes is the new president and CEO of the California Children's Hospital Association, effective March 21. Ehnes replaced Diana Dooley, who left to become secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency under Gov. Jerry Brown. Ehnes, 60, recently stepped down after seven years as director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs in the state. She previously spent three years as chief of enforcement at the Colorado Division of Insurance and seven years as board chair and consumer representative for CoverColorado, the state's high-risk insurance pool. The California Children's Hospital Association represents eight regional hospitals statewide.
Christopher Booth was named president of Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Rochester, N.Y. Booth, 50, will retain his current title of COO for the health plan and its holding company, Lifetime Healthcare Cos. Booth joined the company in 2004 as chief administrative officer and general counsel, and he was promoted to executive VP for commercial markets and healthcare affairs in 2009. He previously worked for the law firm Hinman Straub, Excellus' outside counsel. David Klein, the company's CEO, previously held the title of president and passed it to Booth. … Dr. Robert Lufrano, chairman and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, plans to retire this year. Lufrano, 60, has served as chairman and CEO since 2004 and started with the not-for-profit Blues plan 21 years ago. His retirement will be effective once a new CEO has been hired, and he will continue as board chairman through a transition period, according to a news release. Lufrano previously was an emergency medicine physician. In a related announcement, Chris Doerr, 64, executive VP, chief administrative officer and CFO for the Florida Blues, also plans to retire this year.
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