ON THE MOVE ...
Wayne Smith, 64, was named chairmanelect of the Federation of American Hospitals at the group’s annual meeting in Washington. Smith is chairman, president and CEO of Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn. William
Carpenter, president and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., was confirmed as chairman. Carpenter replaces Trevor Fetter, president and CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, who served for one year as chairman.
Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Chicago, named Ted Chien its new president and CEO, and tapped him to open the firm’s new Minneapolis office. Chien, 47, formerly served as CEO of Ingenix Consulting, owned by Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, where he also held the title of senior vice president of corporate client relationships. At Sullivan Cotter, Chien replaces Bill Quirk, who now is a business development director for Hay Group.
Robert Petzel was sworn in as undersecretary for health at the Veterans Affairs Department, the agency announced. Petzel, a physician, will be heading the Veterans Health Administration. Since May 2009, Petzel had been serving as the VA’s acting principal deputy undersecretary for health. In other capacities, Petzel directed one of the agency’s geographic healthcare networks covering eight medical centers and 42 community-based outpatient clinics serving veterans in seven states. His age was unavailable. … Richard
Citron, 63, announced his retirement as director of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, after nearly four decades in VA healthcare. Citron has been director of the center since August 2007 and will officially retire May 1, according to a written statement from the Philadelphia VA, which is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. A national search will be conducted for a new director, according to a spokesman for the medical center.
Alexander Hatala, president and CEO of Catholic Health East subsidiary Lourdes Health System, Camden, N.J., will step down to assume an advocacy and network integration role with the system’s parent company, Catholic Health East, it was announced last month. Hatala, chief executive of Lourdes since 1998 and an executive with the system for more than 25 years, will remain CEO until a successor is named, which is expected to take six to nine months, said Lourdes spokeswoman Wendy Marano. Hatala’s role with CHE will include network integration and physician alignment for the Newtown Square, Pa.-based system’s four New Jersey hospitals, Marano said. Hatala’s age was unavailable at deadline. … San Juan Regional Medical Center, Farmington, N.M., has named Rick Wallace as the hospital’s new president and CEO. Wallace, 57, succeeds Steve Altmiller, who resigned from the position in July 2009 to become president of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Wallace began Feb. 8. Previously, Wallace had been the CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Enid, Okla. … Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham, Ala., said interim CEO Keith
Granger was appointed president and CEO of the hospital on a full-time basis, effective immediately. Granger, 58, joined Trinity on an interim basis in October 2009. Granger had been president and CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., since 1992, a Flowers Hospital spokeswoman said. Both Trinity and Flowers are owned by Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn. … Athens-Limestone Hospital, an affiliate of Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital, named Kelli Powers as the hospital’s new CEO, effective in late March. Powers, 41, succeeds Cary Payne, who retired at the end of 2009. Currently, Powers is CEO of Lanier Health Services in Valley, Ala.