The Ohio Hospital Association named Mike Abrams as the group's new president and CEO.
Ohio Hospital Association names Mike Abrams president and CEO, and other moves
Abrams, 50, has served as executive VP and CEO of the Iowa Medical Society in Des Moines since 1996. He also lobbied for the Indiana State Medical Association in Indianapolis, leading their government relations department. He will succeed James Castle, who retires at the end of the year after a 23-year tenure. The Columbus-based association represents 167 hospitals in the state.
Ascension Health, St. Louis, lifted the interim tag off James Beckmann's title, making him president and CEO for Carondelet Health Network, its four-hospital group in Arizona. Beckmann, 48, has served in that role on an interim basis since October, when his predecessor, Ruth Brinkley, was promoted to an advocacy post in Washington. “Jim Beckmann has made an immediate and positive impact on Carondelet, and he made it a priority to engage with Carondelet associates, physicians and community leaders in his assessment of the ministry's strengths and opportunities,” Sister Annette Bower, chairwoman of Carondelet's board, said in a news release. For the past eight years, Beckmann has served in a variety of roles at Ascension's corporate headquarters in St. Louis, most recently as senior VP for system support services. … Nashville-based hospital giant HCA named Michael O'Boyle a senior officer, president and CEO of its Parallon Business Solutions unit. Parallon was launched this year to offer group purchasing, staffing management, project management, revenue-cycle management and other services. O'Boyle, 55, replaces Beverly Wallace, a 28-year HCA veteran who announced her retirement in July, according to an HCA news release. Wallace's age was not provided. O'Boyle currently is president of UnitedHealth Networks, part of UnitedHealth Group, and is scheduled to start Jan. 3, according to HCA.
… RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Brentwood, Tenn., named Steve Wylie senior VP, financial operations, replacing Sam Moody, who announced his retirement. Wylie, 45, previously was executive VP and COO of Essent Healthcare, which recently merged with RegionalCare. Last month, RegionalCare announced that former Essent CEO Mike Browder had been named executive VP and CFO. Browder replaced John Bakewell, according to a spokesman. … Alexian Brothers Health System, Arlington Heights, Ill., promoted Mark Frey to president and CEO. Frey, 56. has worked for the system for more than 25 years, most recently as executive VP, according to a news release. His past positions with Alexian Brothers include president and CEO of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, CEO of Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital and VP of the Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute. Frey replaces Brother Thomas Keusenkothen, whose retirement was effective Dec. 1. Alexian Brothers Health System signed a definitive agreement in September to be acquired by St. Louis-based Ascension Health. Alexian Brothers said in the news release that the partnership is expected to close “in the coming weeks.”
… Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine, hired Wade Johnson as CEO. Johnson previously was CEO of Weiser (Idaho) Memorial Hospital. He has also held positions at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., and Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Ore. Johnson replaces Roy Hitchings, who said in April that he planned to retire, according to a Pen Bay Medical Center news release. The transition is expected to take place in February. Johnson's age was not provided. Pen Bay Medical Center became a member of Portland, Maine-based MaineHealth this year. … The Greater Hudson Valley Health System named Frederick Kuriger as CEO of the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, N.Y. Kuriger, whose appointment is effective Dec. 30, will succeed Steve Ruwoldt, who resigned in April. Rosemary Frado, the VP of planning and marketing for the health system, served as interim CEO. Kuriger comes to Catskill Regional after leadership positions with Seton Health System in Troy, N.Y., where he was executive VP, COO and corporate responsibility officer, and at Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont, N.H., and Stamford (Conn.) Health System, Greater Hudson Valley Health System said in a news release. Kuriger's age was unavailable at deadline.
… Banner Health named Shelby Nelson CEO of the system's Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo., effective Nov. 28. Nelson, 48, was the hospital's interim leader for the previous three months, taking over for Eric McVicker, who resigned to focus on his family life, a Banner spokesman said. She began working for Banner in the 1980s as a ward clerk at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo., and most recently was an assistant administrator for Banner's Fairbanks (Alaska) Memorial Hospital and Denali Center, according to a news release. Banner also announced that Monique “Cherie” Martin will join the system as CEO of Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning Jan. 1. Martin replaces Pat Little-Upah, 66, who is retiring in December. Martin, 52, is the chief nursing officer at Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz.
Pierre Samec was hired as the new executive VP and chief technology officer of the TriZetto Group, a Denver-based provider of health information technology software. Samec, 48, previously was executive VP and chief technology officer at Expedia and the VP of quality operations and services at Business Objects, a software engineering developer that was acquired by German software company SAP in October 2007, according to a TriZetto news release.
SCAN Health Plan Arizona, Phoenix, named Dr. Raymond Cogen CMO for the not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan administrator. Cogen, whose age was not provided, is an emergency-room doctor by training. He was a consultant for his own firm over the past six years, according to a SCAN Health news release. Before that, he served as VP of Medicare for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New York. He also has been an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Michael Radzienda was named CMO for the Midwest region of Sound Physicians, a Tacoma, Wash.-based hospitalist organization with more than 500 physicians. Radzienda, 40, will be based in Chicago and is charged with guiding performance improvement, clinical operations and program development, according to a company news release. Radzienda previously served as VP of hospital medicine and clinical effectiveness for Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville. He is also a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
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