Frank Dietz will retire from Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island after serving as president and CEO for 47 years. The hospital in Pawtucket, named Martin Tursky, executive VP and COO, as Dietz's successor, effective Oct. 1. Tursky, 42, joined Memorial Hospital in 2010 after serving as VP and CIO at Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio. Dietz, 71, is the longest-serving hospital CEO in the U.S. “Frank Dietz has been a guiding force in Rhode Island's healthcare system for more than four decades,” Edward Quinlan, president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, said in a statement. Dietz will remain on the hospital's board of trustees and plans to serve as a consultant for the hospital. ...
Frank Dietz to retire after 47 years, and other moves
Methodist Health System, Dallas, named John Phillips president of Methodist Mansfield (Texas) Medical Center. Phillips, 41, currently is VP and COO of Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas, and is scheduled to join Methodist on Aug. 22. Phillips replaces Laura Irvine, who in March was named president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. … Mission Health, Asheville, N.C., named Jill Hoggard Green president and COO of its flagship Mission Hospital. Green is leaving her job as COO of the Oregon region of PeaceHealth, Bellevue, Wash. In that role, she was in charge of three hospitals, ambulatory and home-health services, a 200-member medical group practice and other services. …
Tufts Medical Center named Eric Beyer president and CEO, following the retirement of current president and CEO Ellen Zane. Beyer, whose appointment is effective Oct. 1, will also have responsibility for the Floating Hospital for Children. Beyer, 50, previously served as president and CEO of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization. Zane joined Tufts in 2004 and announced in February that she planned to retire. … LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., hired Dr. Mary Margaret Huizinga, a practicing internist, as its VP of quality, a new position. Huizinga, 34, most recently worked on healthcare issues, including delivery innovation and clinical transformation, for the Washington office of consulting firm McKinsey & Co. She previously managed the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center in Lutherville, Md., and was part of the research faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Dr. John Halamka, an emergency-medicine specialist who serves as CIO at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as a member of several federal health information technology advisory panels, said he will step down from the Harvard CIO post when a successor can be found. Halamka, 49, made the announcement on his blog, “Life as a Healthcare CIO.” “I believe that Harvard Medical School requires a full-time dedicated CIO with a skill set in highly scalable infrastructure and the tools needed to support emerging science,” Halamka wrote.
Aetna named Dr. Charles Kennedy head of the Aetna Aligned Care Solutions, a new business unit aimed at helping hospitals and health systems develop accountable care organizations. Kennedy, 48, most recently served as VP of health information technology at WellPoint, according to an Aetna news release. The Aligned Care Solutions unit will help hospitals, health systems, and larger provider groups develop ACOs and other collaborative care models. … CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baltimore, named Dr. Brian Silverstein its first senior VP in charge of the insurer's Primary Care Medical Home program, which includes nearly 3,000 physicians and nurse practitioners, according to a news release. The position's responsibilities include patient-care coordination, implementation of online tools and program assessment. Silverstein, 38, comes to CareFirst from consulting firm Camden Group, where he was a senior VP.
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