Dr. Leslie Hall has been named interim dean of the medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia, as Dr. Robert Churchill prepares to retire from the post Oct. 31. Hall, 56, has worked as chief medical officer of University of Missouri Health Care and as senior associate director for clinical affairs at the school since 2008. Since 1999, he has been on the medical staff with the health system. He has clinical experience as a general-medicine hospitalist. He will remain as CMO at the health system until Nov. 1. Meanwhile, the system will continue a national search for a permanent replacement for Churchill, 66, whose departure was announced in June when the medical school revealed a federal inquiry into potential Medicare billing fraud. Two radiologists left the organization, and federal prosecutors were continuing an investigation into whether the radiologists falsely claimed that they had personally reviewed X-rays that had been reviewed by medical residents.
Hall named interim dean at University of Missouri medical school, and other moves
Integrated Solutions Health Network, Johnson City, Tenn., has hired Dr. Tom Lundquist as president, CEO and chief clinical integration officer of AnewCare Collaborative, its accountable care organization. Integrated Solutions formed AnewCare and the CrestPoint Health insurance company this year and describes the effort as the region's first community-based ACO. Lundquist was previously VP of performance measurement and improvement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Dr. Elaine Batchlor will serve as CEO of Los Angeles' Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, set to open in 2014. Batchlor, whose age wasn't provided, is chief medical officer for L.A. Care, a Los Angeles-based public health plan, and has more than 20 years' experience in healthcare. “Dr. Batchlor is a compelling leader with a proven track record of dedication to this community and successful implementation of innovative healthcare solutions,” Manny Abascal, the hospital's board chairman, said in a news release. Batchlor is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Not-for-profit MLK Community Hospital, which officials estimate will have about 130 beds, will serve South Los Angeles. … St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, N.H., announced that President and CEO David Ross has left his post and that the hospital has named James Hamill as interim CEO, according to a news release. Ross, 53, is returning to Missouri because of family matters, according to the release. He leaves after more than two years at St. Joseph, starting as CEO in April 2010. He came from Barnes-Jewish St. Peters (Mo.) Hospital, where he served as president. “On behalf of the St. Joseph Hospital board of directors, we thank David for his time and successes at St. Joseph Hospital and wish him well,” St. Joseph board chairwoman Louise Trottier said in the release. “We will keep David and his family in our prayers.” Hamill, whose age wasn't provided, served 11 years as president and CEO of Meritus Health, Hagerstown, Md., before he retired in 2011. He served 16 years on the board of directors at Covenant Health Systems, the Tewksbury, Mass.-based parent company of St. Joseph. … Jani Johnson has been named president and CEO of St. Luke's South Hospital in Overland Park, Kan., effective Sept. 10. Johnson, 51, succeeds Katherine Howell, who is assuming a new job as chief nurse executive for the parent system, St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., according to a news release. Johnson started her career with the system in 1985 as a staff nurse at St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, and in 2002 became VP of cardiovascular services for the system and the institute. St. Luke's Health System CEO Dr. Melinda Estes said in the release that Johnson's accomplishments included integrating a cardiovascular physician practice into the system and overseeing the launch of a new heart institute in 2011.
SpecialtyCare, a Nashville-based provider of outsourced clinical services, said Gary Brukardt, its founder, chairman and CEO, died. Brukardt, who was 66, died Aug. 21. Prior to founding SpecialtyCare in 2006, he served in leadership roles at a number of organizations, including as president and CEO of Renal Care Group, which was acquired by Fresenius Medical Care in 2005; executive VP of Baptist HealthCare affiliates; chairman and president of Health Net; and VP of managed care for VHA. “Gary was a visionary and a servant leader,”
Dr. Harry Jacobson, a SpecialtyCare board member, said in a news release. “He put together an amazing team of experienced healthcare leaders (who) uphold his high standards of integrity and hold firm to his belief in delivering only the best in patient care.” J. Michael Mauldin, SpecialtyCare's CFO, was named CEO. Mauldin had been serving as interim CEO in recent months because of Brukardt's health issues, the company said. He is 49.
Susan Croushore will leave her job as president and CEO of Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after nearly 10 years in the role, though she plans to remain a senior adviser to the hospital through the end of the year.
Croushore, 58, named to Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare list in 2009, planned to leave effective Sept. 3. A hospital spokeswoman said the departure came through mutual agreement between Croushore and the board of directors.
Mike Keating, a member of the hospital's board of directors, will serve as president and CEO of the 525-bed hospital.
Christ Hospital experienced notable events during Croushore's tenure, including the transition from system membership to stand-alone status following protracted litigation involving its former system, the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
In 2010, Croushore presided over a settlement that was one of the largest of its kind for a False Claims Act case against a hospital. The hospital and the alliance paid $108 million to settle allegations without admitting to claims that they had been involved in a “pay to play” scheme with cardiologists. She said at the time that the hospital agreed to settle “instead of risking a potential catastrophic judgment that could jeopardize our ability to provide service to this community.”
The hospital is implementing a plan to become a regional community hospital system, including ambulatory service locations throughout the Cincinnati area, and construction of a campus that will include the only orthopedic and spine hospital in the area.
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