IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati, announced Steven
Mickus, regional CEO, will assume the role of system COO. The Roman Catholic system also announced the promotions of two CEOs to positions at the system level. Mickus, 57, currently serves as the CEO of CHP’s northern division of seven hospitals and will retain this title as he becomes the system COO. Mickus will assume responsibilities for departing COO David Jimenez, who announced in December 2008 that he was leaving the system to pursue more hands-on missionary work. Jimenez will continue to lead the Mercy Health Partners Tennessee region for CHP until the end of the year. CHP also announced that James May, CEO of CHP’s central division, was tapped to lead the new senior health and housing division, which will oversee long-term care and senior housing at the system level. May, 58, retains his central division CEO role as well. John Starcher, 39, was named CEO of the system’s eastern and southern divisions, overseeing operations in four regional systems owned by CHP in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Lee Ann Liska, 46, left her post as executive director and senior vice president of University Hospital, Cincinnati, and next month is set to become COO of Mercy Health Partners, an Ohio division of Catholic Health Partners. University Hospital is one of two acute-care hospitals left in the splintered Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, and Liska’s move traces the steps of Jewish Hospital, which dropped out of the alliance and was acquired by Mercy Health Partners in a deal that closed in March. In a memo to employees, health alliance Chairman George Strike acknowledged the retirement of Dorman Fawley, co-CEO of the alliance since last year. Fawley had been the alliance’s COO since 1997 and along with Rick Hinds assumed leadership of the organization after the departure of Kenneth Hanover. The memo also indicates the board itself will be reorganized again as soon as the organization adjusts to the terms of a settlement agreement that leaves the University of Cincinnati as the only remaining party to the alliance. Strike writes that the current five-member board will oversee the alliance until the official formation of UC Health, a new nameplate created to include University Hospital and West Chester (Ohio) Medical Center, a hospital that the alliance opened last year.