Jim Eppel has been named executive VP and chief administrative officer of HealthPartners, an integrated delivery network based in Bloomington, Minn.
Eppel will be responsible for overseeing care delivery and the health plan's administrative functions.
Eppel joins HealthPartners after serving as president and CEO of UCare, a health plan based in Minneapolis. Previously, Eppel served as senior VP of Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, and COO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Ruth Colby has been promoted to president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill., effective Oct. 1. She succeeds Paul Pawlak, who is retiring.
Colby joined Silver Cross in 2005 as chief strategy officer. Under her guidance, she forged partnerships with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Medicine. She also oversaw an affiliation with Advocate Health Care based in Downers Grove, Ill.
Before joining Silver Cross, Colby held leadership roles at University of Chicago Medicine and Solucient, a decision-support solutions company now part of Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health.