Dr. Patrick Conway, who currently serves as director of hospital medicine and an associate professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, will become CMS' new chief medical officer and director of the agency's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality on May 9. In the role, Conway succeeds Dr. Barry Straube, who retired in March. From 2008 to 2010 Conway served as CMO in the policy division in the secretary's office at HHS, where he managed the department's quality-related activities, including a $40 million National Quality Forum contract and the Medicare Personal Health Record Choice pilot. He also was responsible for measurement and improvement of health outcomes across HHS, according to an internal CMS memo. From 2007 to 2008, Conway served as a White House fellow assigned to the office of the secretary in HHS and to the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. …
On the move
Valinda Rutledge, president and CEO of CaroMont Health, Gastonia, N.C., has accepted a senior leadership post at the CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Rutledge, 56, will be director of the center's patient-care models group, according to a CaroMont news release. Rutledge assumed the top spot at CaroMont in 2009. Prior to that, she was CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C. While at CaroMont, she has led various quality-improvement initiatives and has overseen the hospital's implementation of an accountable-care model. The CMS Innovation Center is charged with identifying, testing and implementing new models of payment and care delivery that improve quality and lower healthcare costs.
HealthEast Care System President and CEO Tim Hanson plans to retire in January 2012 after working 22 years as the top executive at the St. Paul, Minn., health system. Hanson, 64, has been an executive with the system since its founding in 1986, working first as an executive VP and then becoming president and CEO of the system in 1989, a HealthEast news release says. HealthEast officials intend to conduct a national and internal search for Hanson's successor, with the goal of hiring that person by the end of 2011.
Katrina Crist, former CEO and executive director of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, has been named CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, effective June 27. Crist, 46, will succeed Kathy Warye, who held the post since 2004 and resigned in October 2010. Warye joined medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Co., Franklin Lakes, N.J., as VP of infection prevention. In addition to her leadership role at ASTS, Crist also served as executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Center for Islet Transplantation at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston.
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