10 recent leadership moves in healthcare in October 2016
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Patricia Young Brown
Austin, Texas-based Central Health announced Patricia Young Brown, the only president and CEO in Central Health’s 12-year history, is retiring from public service at the end of 2016. Young Brown was hired by the Central Health Board of Managers in April 2005, shortly after voters approved the creation of a healthcare district for Travis County to provide access to care for low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents.
Mei Deng, CPA, CIA, CISA, ACDA, accepted the position of CFO with Glasgow, Ky.-based T.J. Regional Health. Deng previously worked as CFO within Community Health Systems at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., and at Waukegan, Ill.-based Vista Medical System. Deng will begin her duties with T.J. Regional Health on Oct. 31.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health Hospital Group named Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, CMO. Previously cardiovascular division chief, Elmouchi will assist in setting the strategic direction for the hospital as CMO, supporting clinical service line development, care coordination and quality efforts across Spectrum Health’s 12 hospitals and other care sites.
The Sarah Bush Lincoln Board of Directors named Jerry Esker, RPh, president and CEO of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System. Esker, who has served as interim president and CEO since late July, has been with the organization for more than 30 years. He began his career at Sarah Bush Lincoln in 1985 as a staff pharmacist. Within three years, Esker was pharmacy director, and in 2007 he was named vice president of Practice Management.
New Hampshire-based Concord Hospital appointed Amy Guilfoil-Dumont as CNO. Guilfoil-Dumont will work to maintain and improve coordinated patient care and patient satisfaction, mentor the nursing staff and build on efforts that support the advancement of nursing practice. She comes to Concord Hospital from Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was chief clinical officer and vice president of patient care since 2012.
Jacksonville, Ill.-based Passavant Area Hospital announced Doug Rahn, DBA, president and CEO will retire Dec. 31. Rahn joined Passavant as its President and CEO in April 2014 after serving as the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer from 2008 to 2014. Prior to joining the health system, Rahn held the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer for Leesburg Regional Medical Center and as CEO for two acute-care hospitals in Michigan.
Allan M. Spooner
Franciscan Alliance, located in Mishawaka, Ind., named Allan M. Spooner president and CEO of its Franciscan Health hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. Spooner succeeds Arnie Kimmel who was recently named senior vice president of corporate services for Franciscan Alliance. Spooner brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, including his most recent role as president hospital division for Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital System, a five-hospital system of Ascension Health in Milwaukee, Wis.
Richard Turnage, MD, was appointed vice chancellor for clinical programs for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) and CEO of UAMS Medical Center, effective Dec. 1. Turnage succeeds Roxane Townsend, MD, who left UAMS at the end of September. Turnage currently serves as chief service line officer for the Integrated Clinical Enterprise, executive associate dean for clinical services in the College of Medicine, and professor in the college’s department of surgery.
Andy Wachtel, FACHE, has been named CEO of Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands and Stones River hospitals. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Wachtel most recently served as CEO of Ponca City, Okla.-based Alliance Health, and COO at Daconess Hospital, Oklahoma City.
University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) named Ben Tanner executive director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) in Salt Lake City. Previously serving as HCI’s director of clinical operations and COO, he oversaw the construction of the original cancer hospital in 2004 and a major expansion of the building in 2011. Tanner is also credited with initiating the UUHC patient housing facility and the oncology outreach program.