ON THE MOVE ...
Greg Van Pelt will succeed Russ
Danielson as CEO of Providence Health & Services of Oregon, effective July 1. Danielson, 55, announced his plans to retire in January. Van Pelt, 58, is currently executive vice president of Providence Health & Services, a health system with 24 hospitals in five Western states. He will continue a leadership role for the overall Renton, Wash.-based system, in addition to his new Oregon duties. …
Michalene Maringer resigned as president and CEO of Via Christi Hospitals Wichita (Kan.), which includes Via Christi Regional Medical Center, effective last week. Maringer served as top executive at the local system for less than two years. A written statement from Via Christi Health System President and CEO Kevin Conlin did not elaborate on the reasons for Maringer’s departure, and a system spokesman declined to comment beyond what was in a written news release. Conlin appointed Randy Peterson, senior vice president of regional operations for Via Christi Health System, as acting CEO. Via Christi declined to provide ages. … The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, named Bruce Meyer to succeed John McConnell as executive vice president of health system affairs. McConnell, 56, stepped down in October 2008 to become CEO of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, WinstonSalem, N.C. Meyer, 52, joined the hospital in 2007. … J. Larry Read will retire as president and CEO of University Health Care System, Augusta, Ga., effective June 1. Read, 64, led the organization for 11 years.
Jim Davis, 54, University Health Care System executive vice president and chief operating officer, will take over Read’s position, also effective June 1. While at University Health Care System, Read oversaw a major expansion and renovation project and also led quality-of-care initiatives, according to a news release.
Robert Hatch is the new president of Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Utah, effective June 1. Hatch replaces Scott Ideson, who is retiring this summer after a transition period, according to the Salt Lake City-based health insurer. Hatch is past president and CEO of Wells Fargo Utah, and until his appointment as president, a board member of the Regence Utah Blues. He spent three terms on the board of the health plan’s parent company, the Regence Group, based in Portland, Ore. Regence could not provide ages for Hatch and Ideson by deadline.