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UI Hospitals Eavesdropping Allegations Spark PR Fiasco
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

An office supervisor at a University of Iowa Hospitals urology clinic apparently planted a baby monitor near the desks of some office workers to listen in on conversations. The alleged bugging may have been an isolated incident. But it may reflect deeper issues with trust and engagement at UI.[Read More]

  March 21, 2011

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Executives on the Move
URBANA, IL: CEO Bertauski to retire from Provena Covenant MC
Provena Covenant Medical Center President/CEO David Bertauski announced he will retire from the Urbana-based hospital he has led since 2005. Officials at Provena Health have promoted Mike Brown President and CEO at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, to succeed him, serving as regional president/CEO with oversight responsibility for both hospital ministries in Provena's East-Central Illinois Region. Bertauski joined PCMC in 2005 from Navigant Consulting. [Read More]

WATERBURY, CT: Waterbury Hospital names CEO
Waterbury Hospital has named the CEO of a hospital in Sanford, Maine, its permanent president and CEO, effective this summer. Darlene Stromstad, 55, a native of North Dakota and current resident of Springvale, ME, is currently CEO of Goodall Hospital in Maine, a post she has held for six years. She is expected to move to Waterbury to become CEO of both Waterbury Hospital and its network of affiliates, the Greater Waterbury Health Network, in early July. Stephen R. Laverty, who was named Waterbury Hospital's interim president/CEO in late December, will continue to serve in that capacity until Stromstad arrives. [Read More]

HAINES CITY, FL: HMA's Heart of Florida CEO resigns
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center needs a new CEO. Jay Finnegan, who became CEO in December 2008, resigned Wednesday for reasons he said he preferred not to disclose. He remains part of Health Management Associates, which owns Heart of Florida and Bartow Regional Medical Center, and is "still in the process of discussing other potential opportunities" with the Naples-based company. Two HMA officials currently are managing hospital operations: Josh Putter, division president, and Robert Hammond, division vice president. Putter also declined to say what led Finnegan to step down. "We both agreed it was time for a change," he said. [Read More]

JUNCTION CITY, KS: Geary Community Hospital names COO
Alice J. Jensen, RN, of Cabot, AR, was hired from a field of six finalists as the first COO in the history of Geary Community Hospital. She will assume her duties on April 1. Jensen joins the Geary Community Hospital family with 35 years of experience as a registered nurse executive and attorney. [Read More]

BLOOMFIELD, CT: CIGNA names De Rosa west regional vice president
CIGNA has promoted Christopher De Rosa to regional vice president for the company's west region. De Rosa, most recently served as the general manager for CIGNA in Southern California and Nevada. CIGNA's west region comprises California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, and Montana. An internal and external search is under way for a general manager for Southern California and Nevada. De Rosa joined CIGNA in 1992.[Read More]

PHOENIX: Humana names Franks west regional president
Humana Inc. has announced that Michael Franks has been appointed regional president of Senior Products for Humana's West Coast Region. Franks is responsible for operational oversight of Humana's Medicare HMO and PPO health plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare supplement policies, and private fee-for-service health plans offered to people eligible for Medicare in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska. He will be based in Phoenix. Franks most recently served as director of finance and provider engagement for Humana's Great Lakes Region. [Read More]

WEST CHESTER, PA: Chester County Hospital names CEO
The Chester County Hospital and Health System has announced the appointment of Michael J. Duncan as president. CEO effective May 2. Duncan, currently CEO/executive director of ColumbiaDoctors, a 1,400-physician faculty practice plan at Columbia University in New York City, replaces longtime head of the hospital H.L. Perry Pepper, who announced his retirement in June. [Read More]

Middle Tennessee Medical Center has named Elizabeth Lemons as COO. Lemons came to MTMC in May 2010 as the vice president of clinical operations. Lemons has been a healthcare leader for more than 15 years and a nurse for 27 years. A majority of Lemon's clinical experience was dedicated to OR nursing and Peri-operative Services leadership. She was a director and assistant vice president of Patient Care Services, later becoming the chief quality officer at Baptist Hospital and the associate chief quality officer for Saint Thomas Health Services prior to becoming the vice president of clinical effectiveness for STHS. [Read More]

OXFORD, OH: McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital names CFO
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has selected a CFO, John Clements, effective April 18. Clements comes to McCullough-Hyde from Greenville, KY, where he served as CFO at Muhlenberg Community Hospital since 2004, the hospital announced in a news release. Previous to his position with Muhlenberg, Clements had a number of years experience in similar capacities at both small and large hospitals in Kentucky and Ohio—including 11 years of service in finance at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington, KY. [Read More]

SACRAMENTO, CA: Ehnes named CEO of California Children's Hospital Association
The California Children's Hospital Association has named Cindy Ehnes, former head of the California Department of Managed Health Care, president/CEO, succeeding Diana Dooley, who left to take a key post in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. Ehnes' appointment takes effect March 21, officials at the Sacramento-based association said. [Read More]

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