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Ka­t­rina Crist, for­mer CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Trans­plant Sur­geons, has been named CEO of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Pro­fes­sion­als in In­fec­tion Con­trol and Epi­demi­ol­ogy, ef­fec­tive June 27. Crist, 46, will suc­ceed

Kathy Warye, who held the post since 2004 and re­signed in Oc­to­ber 2010. Warye joined med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy com­pany Bec­ton, Dick­in­son and Co., Franklin Lakes, N.J., as VP of in­fec­tion preven­tion. In ad­di­tion to her lead­er­ship role at ASTS, Crist also served as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Cen­ter for Islet Trans­plan­ta­tion at Har­vard Med­i­cal School and Brigham & Women’s Hos­pi­tal, Bos­ton.


Dr. Pa­trick Conway, who cur­rently serves as di­rec­tor of hos­pi­tal medicine and an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Cincin­nati Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, will be­come CMS’ new chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer and di­rec­tor of the agency’s Of­fice of Clin­i­cal Stan­dards and Qual­ity on May 9. In the role, Conway suc­ceeds Dr. Barry Straube, who re­tired in March. From 2008 to 2010 Conway served as CMO in the pol­icy divi­sion in the sec­re­tary’s of­fice at HHS, where he man­aged the depart­ment’s qual­ity-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a $40 mil­lion Na­tional Qual­ity Fo­rum con­tract and the Medi­care Per­sonal Health Record Choice pilot. He also was re­spon­si­ble for mea­sure­ment and im­prove­ment of health out­comes across HHS, ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­nal CMS memo. From 2007 to 2008, Conway served as a White House fel­low as­signed to the of­fice of the sec­re­tary in HHS and to the di­rec­tor of the Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity. …

Valinda Rut­ledge, pres­i­dent and CEO of CaroMont Health, Gas­to­nia, N.C., has ac­cepted a se­nior lead­er­ship post at the CMS’ Cen­ter for Medi­care and Med­i­caid In­no­va­tion. Rut­ledge, 56, will be di­rec­tor of the cen­ter’s pa­tient-care mod­els group, ac­cord­ing to a CaroMont news re­lease. Rut­ledge as­sumed the top spot at CaroMont in 2009. Prior to that, she was CEO of Bon Se­cours St. Fran­cis Health Sys­tem, Greenville, S.C. While at CaroMont, she has led var­i­ous qual­ity-im­prove­ment ini­tia­tives and has over­seen the hos­pi­tal’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ac­count­able-care model. The CMS In­no­va­tion Cen­ter is charged with iden­ti­fy­ing, test­ing and im­ple­ment­ing new mod­els of pay­ment and care de­liv­ery that im­prove qual­ity and lower health­care costs.


HealthEast Care Sys­tem Pres­i­dent and CEO Tim Han­son plans to re­tire in Jan­uary 2012 af­ter work­ing 22 years as the top ex­ec­u­tive at the St. Paul, Minn., health sys­tem. Han­son, 64, has been an ex­ec­u­tive with the sys­tem since its found­ing in 1986, work­ing first as an ex­ec­u­tive VP and then be­com­ing pres­i­dent and CEO of the sys­tem in 1989, a HealthEast news re­lease says. HealthEast of­fi­cials in­tend to con­duct a na­tional and in­ter­nal search for Han­son’s suc­ces­sor, with the goal of hir­ing that per­son by the end of 2011.



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