New faces at hospitals
Two large hospitals named new CEOs, and a third announced its CEO is retiring. Physician and diabetes researcher Kenneth Polonsky was named the new top executive at 548-bed University of Chicago Medical Center. Polonsky, 59, is scheduled to begin Oct. 1 as executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago and dean of the division of biological sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine. He replaces James Madara, who stepped down a year ago as of that date. Since 2009, Polonsky has been chairman of the department of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and physician-in-chief at the affiliated 1,076-bed Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Also, James Kingsbury was named CEO of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which is becoming UC Health. Kingsbury, 65, is returning to the system after a stint as the CEO of University Hospital-Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and interim CEO of the Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center. He previously was executive director and senior vice president of the Health Alliance’s University Hospital. He replaces interim CEO Rick Hinds, who will return to his previous position as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
And Ken Anderson, president and CEO of John Muir Health, will retire at the end of March 2011 after 13 years at the helm of the two-hospital system in Walnut Creek, Calif. Anderson, 67, has been with John Muir since 1974. The system is slated to complete an $800 million construction project by next spring. John Muir Health’s board hopes to have a successor named by year-end, a spokesman said. <<
—Gregg Blesch and Rebecca Vesely