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Richard Hachten, who had been serv­ing as in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO of Ale­gent Health and had agreed to stay for up to two years, has now agreed to stay on in­def­i­nitely at the Omaha, Neb.-based, nine-hos­pi­tal sys­tem. Six months af­ter re­tir­ing from the sys­tem, Hachten, 65, took over on a tem­po­rary ba­sis af­ter the Oc­to­ber 2009 res­ig­na­tion of Wayne Sen­sor. Sen­sor’s de­par­ture was fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tions of the ex­ec­u­tive VP, CMO, se­nior VP of hu­man re­sources and the chief mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer. Un­til his re­tire­ment, Hachten had served as pres­i­dent of Ale­gent since its found­ing in 1996. Hachten’s an­nounce­ment fol­lows the hir­ing this month of Richard Miller as chief qual­ity of­fi­cer. “These are cer­tainly try­ing times,” Hachten said in a news re­lease. “But there is no place I’d rather be and no one else I’d rather work with than the peo­ple of Ale­gent Health.” … James

Pope was named pres­i­dent and CEO of Fran­cis­can Ser­vices Corp., the health­care min­istry of the Sis­ters of St. Francis of Syl­va­nia, Ohio, which spon­sors four hos­pi­tals in Texas and one in Ohio. Pope, 52, is sched­uled to be­gin the job Aug. 23 and suc­ceeds

John O’Con­nell, 67, who is re­tir­ing. Pope comes to the or­ga­ni­za­tion from Summa Health Sys­tem, Akron, Ohio, where he was pres­i­dent for its south­west re­gion. … Mis­sion Health Sys­tem, Asheville, N.C., said it hired Ron­ald Paulus to be pres­i­dent and CEO of the sys­tem and its flag­ship cam­pus, Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal, Asheville, ef­fec­tive Sept. 1. Paulus, 47, will re­place

Car­leton Rider, who be­came Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal’s in­terim CEO af­ter Joseph Damore left the sys­tem Jan. 31. Paulus, a physi­cian, is leav­ing Geisinger Health Sys­tem, Danville, Pa., af­ter five years. Paulus most re­cently has been Geisinger’s ex­ec­u­tive VP for clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions and chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer. …

H.L. Perry Pep­per will re­tire as pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ch­ester County Hos­pi­tal and Health Sys­tem, West Ch­ester, Pa., at the end of Septem­ber, the hos­pi­tal said. Pep­per, 67, joined Ch­ester Hos­pi­tal in 1977. Pep­per will re­main un­til a suc­ces­sor is named, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. … Guthrie Health Sys­tem, Sayre, Pa., named Marie Droege to suc­ceed

John Ne­spoli as COO. Droege will con­tinue as pres­i­dent of Robert Packer Hos­pi­tal, Sayre, one of Guthrie’s three hos­pi­tals. Ne­spoli left the po­si­tion to be­come the pres­i­dent and CEO of Sa­cred Heart Health­Care Sys­tem, Al­len­town, Pa., in July 2009. Droege’s age was not avail­able. … The Cam­bridge (Mass.) Health Al­liance, a pub­lic health­care sys­tem, pro­moted Ger­ald Steinberg to the po­si­tion of CMO. Steinberg, 67, started at Cam­bridge Health in 2005 as chief med­i­cal qual­ity of­fi­cer and se­nior med­i­cal di­rec­tor. … Emer­gency medicine physi­cian

Regi­nald Eadie was named pres­i­dent of Detroit Re­ceiv­ing Hos­pi­tal, part of Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Eadie, 41, re­places Iris Tay­lor, 58, a reg­is­tered nurse who held the po­si­tion for the past five years and last month was ap­pointed chief busi­ness of­fi­cer for the sys­tem. Eadie joined Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 2008 as VP of med­i­cal af­fairs for Harper Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal,

which in­cludes Hutzel Women’s Hos­pi­tal.




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