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Lynn O’Mara was named Nevada’s health information technology project manager and assigned to “coordinate and manage activities to develop a statewide health information exchange,” the state’s Health and Human Services Department announced. According to a news release, those duties will include working with Gov. Jim Gibbons’ Health Information Technology Task Force on a Nevada federal grant application to receive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to plan the state health information exchange system. In 2008, O’Mara was named to manage the state’s Primary Care Office where she led a re-engineering of the J-1 visa waiver program for foreign-born physicians, according to the news release. She has worked for Nevada’s State Health Division since 2004. Her age was unavailable at deadline. Park Nicollet Health Services, St. Louis Park, Minn., tapped physician David Abelson, 58, to become CEO and president of the system on Jan. 1, 2010. Abelson will replace David Wessner, 57, who announced his retirement in June and will step down Dec. 31. Abelson was made president of the system in June, and will retain that title when he becomes CEO in 2010. … Loren Hamel was appointed president and CEO of Lakeland HealthCare, St. Joseph, Mich., following the retirement of longtime executive Joseph Wasserman. Hamel, 54, is a physician by training and has served a year as executive vice president of the system. … St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, named Margaret Van Bree as its new CEO, effective Oct. 5. Van Bree, 50, will also serve as senior vice president of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. She succeeds David Pate, who left the position to serve as CEO of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, earlier this year. … Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield, Mo., said
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Gary Pulsipher will rejoin the Roman Catholic system as president and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., once the Mercy system acquires the hospital from Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver. Pulsipher, whose age could not be obtained from Sisters of Mercy, worked for the system between 1994 and 2002 as a hospital president and CEO and as a regional vice president overseeing five hospitals. … Susan Griffin was appointed chief nursing officer of St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas, after her departure from a Memorial Hermann Healthcare System hospital. Griffin, 53, became top nursing official at the hospital effective Oct. 1, assuming duties as head of the nursing team as well as overseeing regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. … Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, said it hired Kelvin Baggett as its CMO, effective Oct. 26, filling a position that was vacant for two years. Baggett, 38, is leaving Nashville-based HCA, where he was COO and vice president of clinical strategy for the company’s clinical services group. … Chance Phillips was appointed CFO of Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla., the HCA-owned hospital where he worked from 2001 to 2005 as a controller and co-ethics compliance officer. Phillips previously served as CFO of HCA patient accounting services. Oak Hill declined to provide his age. … Businessman Michael Fisher was chosen to become president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2010. Fisher, 50, is a principal in his family’s Fisher Investment Group and has been a member of the hospital’s board for five years. … Nebraska native John Woodrich is moving to Lincoln, Neb., to become president and COO of BryanLGH Medical Center on Dec. 1. Woodrich succeeds Craig Ames, who retired in June from the facility that is owned by two-hospital BryanLGH Health System, Lincoln. BryanLGH declined to provide Woodrich’s age.