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El­liot Suss­man, 59, re­signed as pres­i­dent and CEO of Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work, Al­len­town Pa., a role he has held since 1993. Ron­ald Swin­fard, Le­high Val­ley’s cur­rent CMO, has been named Suss­man’s suc­ces­sor, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Swin­fard has served as CMO since 2003. A new CMO will be cho­sen at a later date, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. “Thanks to Dr. Suss­man’s vi­sion and fo­cus on qual­ity care and pa­tient safety, Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work is uniquely po­si­tioned to con­tinue to meet the health­care needs of our com­mu­nity and be­yond,” J.B. Reilly, chair of Le­high Val­ley’s board, said in a news re­lease. “We wish him con­tin­ued suc­cess.” Le­high Val­ley did not pro­vide any spe­cific in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Suss­man’s plans for the fu­ture, say­ing only that he left his post “to ex­plore nu­mer­ous na­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that will re­quire sig­nif­i­cant time away from his LVHN re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.” … Michael Hunn was pro­moted to se­nior VP and CEO of Prov­i­dence Health & Ser­vices’ Cal­i­for­nia re­gion. Hunn, 55, cur­rently is CEO of Prov­i­dence Lit­tle Com­pany of Mary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tor­rance, Calif. In his new po­si­tion, he will over­see the five Prov­i­dence med­i­cal cen­ters in the greater Los An­ge­les area, and out­pa­tient cen­ters, long-term­care fa­cil­i­ties, physi­cian or­ga­ni­za­tions and a high school. Hunn re­places Arnold Schaf­fer, who was pro­moted this year to se­nior VP of re­gional op­er­a­tions for the Prov­i­dence sys­tem. … David Ka­paska was named re­gional pres­i­dent and CEO of Avera McKen­nan Hos­pi­tal & Uni­ver­sity Health Cen­ter in Sioux Falls, S.D. He suc­ceeds Fred Slu­necka, who held the post of re­gional pres­i­dent since 1989 and has been pro­moted to COO for the en­tire Avera sys­tem. Ka­paska, 61, pre­vi­ously worked as its se­nior VP of med­i­cal af­fairs. … David Pynn was pro­moted to suc­ceed Sis­ter M. Therese Gottschalk as CEO of St. John Health Sys­tem, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1. Gottschalk, 79, will re­main as a St. John Health Sys­tem di­rec­tor and head of mis­sion in­te­gra­tion and CEO of Mar­ian Health Sys­tem, Tulsa, Okla., which owns St. John Health, also based in Tulsa, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Pynn, 55, is ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of St. John Health. Pynn joined St. John Health from the health plan Com­mu­ni­ty­Care, where he was pres­i­dent and CEO. … Fran­cis­can Ser­vices Corp. named Robert Tracz to suc­ceed

Wil­liam Wa­ters as CFO and VP of fi­nan­cial ser­vices, ef­fec­tive Dec. 20. Wa­ters, 65, will re­main with Fran­cis­can Ser­vices to help with the tran­si­tion through the end of Jan­uary, when he will re­tire, a spokes­woman said. Wa­ters has been fi­nance chief for the Syl­va­nia, Ohio-based sys­tem for 25 years. Tracz will join Fran­cis­can Ser­vices from Lake Health, Con­cord, Ohio, where he has been CFO and se­nior VP of fi­nance. … Leigh

Mas­sen­gill was named the new CEO of HCA’s Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal in New Port Richey, Fla. Mas­sen­gill’s ap­point­ment was ef­fec­tive Nov. 1, a hos­pi­tal spokes­woman said. The hos­pi­tal de­clined to pro­vide her age. Mas­sen­gill pre­vi­ously was COO of Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Bay­o­net Point, an HCA hos­pi­tal in Hud­son, Fla. She takes over for Kathryn Gil­lette, who was pro­moted as CEO of HCA’s Osce­ola Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Kis­sim­mee.


David Felsenthal, a health­care val­u­a­tion pi­o­neer who con­sulted for Medi­care’s ar­chi­tects, died Nov. 7. He was 86. Felsenthal, a World War II vet­eran who be­gan as an in­surance ap­praiser in 1948, co-founded the com­pa­nies where he spent more than half his ca­reer, most re­cently Prin­ci­ple Val­u­a­tion in 2007. Ti­mothy Baker, pres­i­dent of Chicago-based Prin­ci­ple Val­u­a­tion, said Felsenthal, who was be­ing treated for bone can­cer at the time of his death, loved his work and talk­ing with peo­ple. Baker and Felsenthal formed Prin­ci­ple Val­u­a­tion af­ter Huron Con­sult­ing Group acquired Wellspring Part­ners, where Felsenthal co-founded a val­u­a­tion prac­tice in 2001. Felsenthal joined Wellspring af­ter leav­ing the com­pany he founded in 1970, Val­u­a­tion Coun­selors; he re­tired from that com­pany in 1989 at age 65 but had re­mained as a con­sul­tant.




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