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Frank Di­etz will re­tire from Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal of Rhode Is­land af­ter serv­ing as pres­i­dent and CEO for 47 years. The hos­pi­tal in Paw­tucket, named Martin

Tursky, ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO, as Di­etz’s suc­ces­sor, ef­fec­tive Oct. 1. Tursky, 42, joined Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in 2010 af­ter serv­ing as VP and CIO at Ault­man Hos­pi­tal, Can­ton, Ohio. Di­etz, 71, is the long­est-serv­ing hos­pi­tal CEO in the U.S. “Frank Di­etz has been a guid­ing force in Rhode Is­land’s health­care sys­tem for more than four decades,” Ed­ward Quin­lan, pres­i­dent of the Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land, said in a state­ment. Di­etz will re­main on the hos­pi­tal’s board of trustees and plans to serve as a con­sul­tant for the hos­pi­tal. … Methodist Health Sys­tem, Dal­las, named John

Phillips pres­i­dent of Methodist Mans­field (Texas) Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Phillips, 41, cur­rently is VP and COO of Chris­tus St. Michael Health Sys­tem, Texarkana, Texas, and is sched­uled to join Methodist on Aug. 22. Phillips re­places Laura Irvine, who in March was named pres­i­dent of Methodist Dal­las Med­i­cal Cen­ter. … Mis­sion Health, Asheville, N.C., named Jill Hog­gard

Green pres­i­dent and COO of its flag­ship Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal. Green is leav­ing her job as COO of the Ore­gon re­gion of PeaceHealth, Belle­vue, Wash. In that role, she was in charge of three hos­pi­tals, am­bu­la­tory and home-health ser­vices, a 200-mem­ber med­i­cal group prac­tice and other ser­vices. … Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter named Eric Beyer pres­i­dent and CEO, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of cur­rent pres­i­dent and CEO

Ellen Zane. Beyer, whose ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive Oct. 1, will also have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Float­ing Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren. Beyer, 50, pre­vi­ously served as pres­i­dent and CEO of the Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter Physi­cians Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Zane joined Tufts in 2004 and an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that she planned to re­tire. … LifePoint Hos­pi­tals, Brent­wood, Tenn., hired Dr. Mary Mar­garet Huizinga, a prac­tic­ing in­ternist, as its VP of qual­ity, a new po­si­tion. Huizinga, 34, most re­cently worked on health­care is­sues, in­clud­ing de­liv­ery in­no­va­tion and clin­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion, for the Wash­ing­ton of­fice of con­sult­ing firm McKin­sey & Co. She pre­vi­ously man­aged the Johns Hop­kins Di­ges­tive Weight Loss Cen­ter in Lutherville, Md., and was part of the re­search fac­ulty at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, Bal­ti­more.


Dr. John Halamka, an emer­gency-medicine spe­cial­ist who serves as CIO at both Har­vard Med­i­cal School and Beth Is­rael Deaconess Med­i­cal Cen­ter, as well as a mem­ber of sev­eral fed­eral health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ad­vi­sory pan­els, said he will step down from the Har­vard CIO post when a suc­ces­sor can be found. Halamka, 49, made the an­nounce­ment on his blog, “Life as a Health­care CIO.” “I be­lieve that Har­vard Med­i­cal School re­quires a full-time ded­i­cated CIO with a skill set in highly scal­able in­fra­struc­ture and the tools needed to sup­port emerg­ing science,” Halamka wrote.


Aetna named Dr. Charles Kennedy head of the Aetna Aligned Care So­lu­tions, a new busi­ness unit aimed at help­ing hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems de­velop ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions. Kennedy, 48, most re­cently served as VP of health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy at Wel­lPoint, ac­cord­ing to an Aetna news re­lease. The Aligned Care So­lu­tions unit will help hos­pi­tals, health sys­tems, and larger provider groups de­velop ACOs and other col­lab­o­ra­tive care mod­els. … Care­First Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bal­ti­more, named Dr. Brian Sil­ver­stein its first se­nior VP in charge of the in­surer’s Pri­mary Care Med­i­cal Home pro­gram, which in­cludes nearly 3,000 physi­cians and nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The po­si­tion’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude pa­tient-care co­or­di­na­tion, im­ple­men­ta­tion of on­line tools and pro­gram as­sess­ment. Sil­ver­stein, 38, comes to Care­First from con­sult­ing firm Cam­den Group, where he was a se­nior VP.


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