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Alan Levine is tak­ing on a new vol­un­tary role in state govern­ment as head of the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Tran­si­tion Team for Rick Scott, the Repub­li­can gover­nor-elect of Florida. Ear­lier this year, Levine, 43, be­came a se­nior VP with for-profit Health Man­age­ment As­so­ci­ates, Naples, Fla., a job he will re­tain dur­ing his time as head of Scott’s 40-mem­ber HHS tran­si­tion team. Pre­vi­ously, Levine worked as a health pol­icy ad­viser and deputy chief of staff to then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003, and went on to be­come sec­re­tary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion when the state was granted a fed­eral waiver to start its on­go­ing Med­i­caid pri­va­ti­za­tion pro­gram. Levine, who in 2005 was named to Mod­ern

Health­care’s “Up and Com­ers” list for ex­ec­u­tives un­der the age of 40, left Florida in Jan­uary 2008 to work as sec­re­tary of the Louisiana Depart­ment of Health & Hos­pi­tals and se­nior health pol­icy ad­viser to Repub­li­can Gov. Bobby Jin­dal. He left that job to work at HMA in Au­gust.


Peter Makowski re­signed from his post as pres­i­dent and CEO of St. An­thony Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal, a Cen­tura Health in­sti­tu­tion in Den­ver.

Ray­mond Mencini has been named in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO while a na­tional search for a re­place­ment takes place. Makowski, whose age was not avail­able at dead­line, was ap­pointed pres­i­dent and CEO in sum­mer 2007. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, Makowski’s res­ig­na­tion comes as a re­sult of an or­ga­ni­za­tion struc­ture change for Cen­tura’s Moun­tains North Den­ver Op­er­at­ing Group, which also in­cludes Avista Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal, Louisville, Colo.; St. An­thony North Hos­pi­tal, West­min­ster, Colo.; and St. An­thony Sum­mit Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Frisco, Colo. The new pres­i­dent and CEO of St. An­thony Cen­tral also will serve as op­er­at­ing group pres­i­dent. “Peter is a com­pas­sion­ate and sea­soned leader, and I want to thank him for lead­ing St. An­thony Cen­tral to a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ments over the years,” Gary Camp­bell, pres­i­dent and CEO of Cen­tura Health, said in the news re­lease. Mencini, 57, is a ra­di­ol­o­gist and has been pres­i­dent of the St. An­thony Cen­tral med­i­cal staff since 2008. He also is on the hos­pi­tal’s board of trustees. … Wuesthoff Health Sys­tem, Rock­ledge, Fla., acquired Oct. 1 by Health Man­age­ment As­so­ci­ates, named Richard Haun to suc­ceed Ge­orge Fayer as CFO. Fayer stepped down as CFO of the two-hos­pi­tal sys­tem and its two hos­pi­tals on Oct. 1, said Wuesthoff spokes­woman Lisa Crites. Haun also will over­see fi­nances of Wuesthoff Med­i­cal Cen­ter Rock­ledge. Haun pre­vi­ously served as CFO for Ar­dent Health Ser­vices’ Lovelace Women’s Hos­pi­tal, Al­bu­querque, and as CFO at Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems hos­pi­tals in Penn­syl­va­nia and Illi­nois. Wuesthoff named Steve Ben­der as CFO of Wuesthoff Med­i­cal Cen­ter Mel­bourne (Fla.). Ben­der joined Wuesthoff from Peace River Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Port Char­lotte, Fla., where he was con­troller. Ages for Haun and Ben­der were not re­leased. … Pres­by­te­rian Health­care, Char­lotte, N.C., an­nounced pro­mo­tions for two se­nior ex­ec­u­tives. Mark Billings is now the pres­i­dent of Pres­by­te­rian Health­care, which is part of tax-ex­empt No­vant Health, Win­ston-Salem, N.C. Billings was pre­vi­ously COO of the greater Char­lotte area for No­vant Health. He now also over­sees op­er­a­tions in Hun­tersville, N.C. Billings joined No­vant Health in 2004 af­ter a 20-year ca­reer as a Med­i­cal Ser­vices Corps of­fi­cer in the U.S. Navy.

Paula Vin­cent was pro­moted to se­nior VP of op­er­a­tions for the greater Char­lotte area. Vin­cent also re­tains her ti­tle as CNO for Pres­by­te­rian. Vin­cent has worked her en­tire ca­reer—more than 30 years— with Pres­by­te­rian. In 2003, she was named VP of com­mu­nity-care ser­vices. Their ages could not be ob­tained by dead­line. … Well­Star Health Sys­tem, Ma­ri­etta, Ga., named Leo Re­ichert ex­ec­u­tive VP and gen­eral coun­sel. Re­ichert, 49, will re­place Bon­nie Wil­son. Well­Star’s trustees made the de­ci­sion not to re­new Wil­son’s con­tract dur­ing a Sept. 2 board meet­ing, where they also voted to ter­mi­nate Gre­gory Si­mone, Well­Star’s for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO (Sept. 6, p. 4). Re­ichert cur­rently works as a part­ner at Parker, Hud­son, Rainer & Dobbs, At­lanta, ac­cord­ing to a Well­Star news re­lease. He also is a for­mer as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­ney for the North­ern District of Ge­or­gia. Re­ichert’s start date has not yet been de­ter­mined, a spokesman said, but he is ex­pected to as­sume his new post in Jan­uary 2011.



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