Dr. Derek Robinson was hired as executive director of the Illinois Hospital Association's Quality Care Institute, effective March 1. He replaces Patricia Merryweather, who left the IHA last June to become executive director of Telligen, the quality improvement organization for Medicare-participating hospitals in Illinois and Iowa.
Illinois Hospital Association names Dr. Derek Robinson executive director of Quality Care Institute, and other moves
Robinson, 35, will lead IHA initiatives targeting healthcare-reform readiness, patient safety and coordination of hospital care, according to an IHA news release. Robinson, an emergency medicine physician, has been chief medical officer for CMS Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) since 2009. Robinson will focus in part on involvement in the IHA's Hospital Engagement Network, part of the CMS' Partnership for Patients campaign.
John Starcher, a division CEO of Catholic Health Partners, Cincinnati, was tapped to head one of Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates' three newly created regional groups. Effective Feb. 27, Starcher will become president of HMA's eastern group, which includes hospitals in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Starcher, 41, joined CHP in 2002 and held a number of positions, most recently serving as the CEO of the system's north division. He will leave that post Feb. 24, according to a company spokesman. In September, HMA acquired CHP's Mercy Health Partners-Tennessee. … A revamp of the management of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, included the promotion of Robert Walker to the role of president and CEO, replacing J.C. Montgomery Jr., who led the hospital as president for 23 years, the hospital announced. Walker previously was executive VP and COO. Montgomery was named founding chairman and CEO of a new foundation to be formed, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Foundation.
Dr. Karl Rathjen, a staff orthopedist at the hospital, was named president of the foundation. The hospital also named Dr. Daniel Sucato chief of staff and Dr. B. Stephens Richards to the new position of CMO. Sucato, whose age was unavailable, replaces Dr. J.A. Herring, who was named chief of staff emeritus. Sucato is an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research, a part of Texas Scottish Rite, while orthopedic surgeon Richards currently serves as assistant chief of staff and medical director of inpatient services at the hospital. The executives' ages were not provided. … Marymount Hospital, a Garfield Heights, Ohio-affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic, named Joanne Zeroske its new president. Zeroske, a registered nurse, was scheduled to take over Feb. 6 for interim President William Keckan, who will return to his post as Cleveland Clinic's executive director of system integration. For the past three years, Zeroske, whose age was not provided, was president at another Cleveland Clinic affiliate, Euclid (Ohio) Hospital. Euclid's VP of operations, Rich Lea, will serve as Euclid's interim president. … Providence Health & Services, Southern California, named Elizabeth Petrich-Kennedy as its first chief nursing informatics officer. The new post in Los Angeles combines the patient-care element of nursing with overseeing electronic health records and other technology, according to a news release. Petrich-Kennedy, 41, joined Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash., in 2002. She worked in the system's southwest Washington region as a nurse and then moved to the technology side to help implement computerized record systems.
Former Intermountain Healthcare VP Dr. David Classen was hired as the chief medical information officer of Pascal Metrics, a Washington-based provider of cloud-based healthcare analytics and software that aims to enhance quality and safety. Classen, 55, will oversee Pascal Metrics services aimed at preventing patient harm, hospital readmissions and adverse events, according to a news release. Most recently—following his tenure at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain—Classen was CMO and senior partner at Computer Sciences Corp. Healthcare. Last
year, Classen collaborated on a Health Affairs report that found that the number of adverse events in hospitals may be 10 times greater than previously estimated. Pascal Metrics also announced the hiring of Stanley Pestotnik, 57, founder and former CEO of healthcare analytics company TheraDoc, as senior adviser to company CEO Drew Ladner.
Orthopedic devicemaker Wright Medical Group, Arlington, Tenn., named Daniel Garen as a senior VP and chief compliance officer, effective Jan. 30. Garen came to Wright Medical from Siemens, where he was VP of healthcare policy and clinical affairs and previously chief compliance officer and senior counsel. Garen, whose age was not available, replaced interim chief compliance officer John Knighton, who remains with the company as director of compliance, according to a spokeswoman. Wright Medical agreed in 2010 to pay $7.9 million and entered a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve allegations involving consulting relationships with orthopedic surgeons. The agreement with prosecutors was extended in September for 12 months.
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