Steven Johnson will become president and CEO of Health First, Rockledge, Fla., in September. Johnson, 56, succeeds Health First founder Michael Means, who is expected to retire at the end of the year, according to a Health First news release. Johnson most recently served as president of hospital operations for SSM Health Care-St. Louis, a subsidiary of a St. Louis-based Roman Catholic system SSM Health Care. ...
Johnson to become president of Health First, and other moves
Jason Alexander is leaving his position as executive VP and COO of Providence Hospital, Mobile, Ala., to become CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Alexander, 42, has worked for five years at Providence, which is part of Ascension Health, St. Louis. Previously, Alexander was director of business development and physician operations for Dallas-based Tenet's Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. … Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle (Texas) named Bob Ellzey president, replacing outgoing President Winjie Tang Miao, who was named president of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance in February. Ellzey, 54, previously was CEO of Mena (Ark.) Regional Health System. Outgoing president Miao, 31, will assist in the transition. While at Mena, Ellzey oversaw the establishment of hospitalist and wound-care programs and the purchase of an outpatient rehabilitation center.
… Two of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals' facilities named new top executives. Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, W.Va., named Allen Peters CEO, and Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., named Fred Pelle CEO. Peters, 50, has served since 2008 as CEO of Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Ariz., according to a LifePoint news release. He replaces Gary Hill, who has served as Raleigh General's interim CEO since January. Pelle, 56, joins Jackson Purchase from Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System, where he served as president of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, Rogersville, Tenn., and Hancock County Hospital, Sneedville, Tenn. Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of LifePoint's Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System, both in Gallatin, Tenn., previously was CEO of Jackson Purchase, according to the release. … St. David's HealthCare, Austin, Texas, named Allen Harrison CEO of St. David's North Austin (Texas) Medical Center, effective Sept. 1. Harrison, 47, replaces Donald Wilkerson, 59, who was named CEO of St. David's Medical Center, Austin, in July. Harrison previously was COO of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver. ... Dennis Klima, 67, president of Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth Inc., the parent corporation of the Bayhealth system, retired after more than three decades with the system and one of its founding hospitals. In 1980, Klima was named CEO of Kent General Hospital, Dover, which merged with Milford (Del.) Memorial Hospital in 1997 to create the Bayhealth system. In 2001, the system opened its third hospital campus, the Middletown (Del.) Medical Center. Terry Murphy succeeded Klima as Bayhealth system president and CEO after Klima was named president of Bayhealth Inc. in 2009.
Dr. Bernadine Healy, a former National Institutes of Health director and the leader of the American Red Cross during the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly 10 years ago, has died at the age of 67. A Harvard-trained cardiologist, Healy was president and CEO of the American Red Cross from 1999 until 2001, after serving for four years as dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. In 1991, she became the first woman to direct the National Institutes of Health; she held that role until 1993. While at the NIH, Healy began the NIH Women's Health Initiative, a $500 million endeavor to study the causes, prevention and cures of diseases that affect women. The Associated Press reported that Healy had suffered from brain cancer, although no formal cause of death has been announced.
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