St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas, has named Donald Wilkerson CEO. Wilkerson, 59, has served as CEO of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, since 1998. Both hospitals are part of St. David’s HealthCare. In his new role, Wilkerson will have responsibility for St. David’s Medical Center as well as the Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown (Texas) Hospital. He succeeds David
Huffstutler, who was tapped as president and CEO of the St. David’s HealthCare system in February. A search is under way to name a replacement for Wilkerson at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Wilkerson will assume his new position once that appointment is made, according to the release. ... Sutter Medical Center has chosen Carrie Owen
Plietz to assume leadership of the twocampus Sacramento, Calif., hospital. She will take over Sept. 1 for retiring CEO Tom
Gagen. Owen Plietz, 35, joined the hospital in January as COO, a position she previously held at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, a two-campus hospital that likewise is part of Sacramentobased Sutter Health. She joined Sutter Health in 1999 as an administrative resident. Last year, Owen Plietz received the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year from the American College of Healthcare Executives. Gagen, 61, has been Sutter Medical Center’s CEO since 2000 and is credited with leading a $724 million project to consolidate its facilities on one expanded campus, scheduled to be complete in 2013. Gagen plans to remain with the hospital until February 2012. … Dr. Kurt Newman was named president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Newman, 59, is scheduled to assume the role Sept. 1 and succeeds Edwin
Zechman, who previously announced he planned to retire after 17 years in the position. Newman has worked at Children’s National for 25 years, since 2004 as senior VP for its center for surgical care. … Carol Seals was named CFO of Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Ind. Seals, 48, has guided the integration of Ball Memorial into IU Health as a member of financial services group for the Indianapolis-based system (formerly called Clarian Health) and the hospital’s director of finance, according to a news release. The system acquired Ball Memorial in 2009. Seals assumed the new position July 3 and succeeds Harold
Berfiend, 45, who was promoted to COO in March. … HCA, Nashville, said in a securities filing that Beverly Wallace, a longtime executive who is president of the company’s Parallon Business Solutions subsidiary, informed the company that she will retire as of Dec. 31. Wallace, 60, began her healthcare career in 1983 with the hospital division of Humana, according to her HCA biography page. That division was sold to Columbia Healthcare Corp. in 1993, and then Columbia merged with HCA in 1994. Wallace served as CFO of the MidAtlantic division until 1998, when she was appointed VP of managed care and physician services. In 2001, Wallace took over HCA’s shared services group. She was president of the group until February, when she was named president of the then-unnamed subsidiary, which provides revenue-cycle, group purchasing, supply chain and staffing services to HCA hospitals and others outside the company. Wallace serves on the board of the Federation of American Hospitals and formerly served on the board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. … WellSpan Health named Jane Hyde to succeed Dr.
Kevin Mosser as WellSpan senior VP and president of Gettysburg Health, the York, Pa.-based system said. Two-hospital WellSpan named Mosser executive VP and COO this year, the system said in a news release announcing Hyde’s appointment. Hyde will join WellSpan in September from Agnesian HealthCare, Fond du Lac, Wis., where she was senior VP of strategic development and community affairs, the release said. She also was previously CEO of Agnesian’s retail arm, Agnesian HealthCare Enterprise. Ages for Hyde and Mosser were not available at deadline.