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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


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.

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