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Dr. Derek Robin­son

was hired as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Illi­nois Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s Qual­ity Care In­sti­tute, ef­fec­tive March 1. He re­places

Pa­tri­cia Mer­ry­weather,

who left the IHA last June to be­come ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Tel­li­gen, the qual­ity im­prove­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion for Medi­care-par­tic­i­pat­ing hos­pi­tals in Illi­nois and Iowa. Robin­son, 35, will lead IHA ini­tia­tives tar­get­ing health­care-re­form readi­ness, pa­tient safety and co­or­di­na­tion of hospi­tal care, ac­cord­ing to an IHA news re­lease. Robin­son, an emer­gency medicine physi­cian, has been chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for CMS Re­gion 5 (Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Michi­gan, Min­nesota, Ohio and Wis­con­sin) since 2009. Robin­son will fo­cus in part on in­volve­ment in the IHA’S Hospi­tal En­gage­ment Net­work, part of the CMS’ Part­ner­ship for Pa­tients cam­paign.


John Starcher,

a di­vi­sion CEO of Catholic Health Part­ners, Cincin­nati, was tapped to head one of Naples, Fla.based Health Man­age­ment As­so­ciates’ three newly cre­ated re­gional groups. Ef­fec­tive Feb. 27, Starcher will be­come pres­i­dent of HMA’S east­ern group, which in­cludes hos­pi­tals in Ge­or­gia, Ken­tucky, North Carolina, Penn­syl­va­nia, South Carolina, Ten­nessee and West Virginia. Starcher, 41, joined CHP in 2002 and held a num­ber of po­si­tions, most re­cently serv­ing as the CEO of the sys­tem’s north di­vi­sion. He will leave that post Feb. 24, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany spokesman. In Septem­ber, HMA ac­quired CHP’S Mercy Health Part­ners-Ten­nessee. … A re­vamp of the man­age­ment of Texas Scot­tish Rite Hospi­tal for Chil­dren, Dal­las, in­cluded the pro­mo­tion of

Robert Walker

to the role of pres­i­dent and CEO, re­plac­ing who led

J.C. Mont­gomery Jr., the hospi­tal as pres­i­dent for 23 years, the hospi­tal an­nounced. Walker pre­vi­ously was ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO. Mont­gomery was named found­ing chair­man and CEO of a new foun­da­tion to be formed, Texas Scot­tish Rite Hospi­tal for Chil­dren Foun­da­tion. Dr. Karl Rath­jen,

a staff or­tho­pe­dist at the hospi­tal, was named pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion. The hospi­tal also named Dr. Daniel Su­cato

chief of staff and Dr. B. Stephens Richards

to the new po­si­tion of CMO. Su­cato, whose age was un­avail­able, re­places

Dr. J.A. Her­ring,

who was named chief of staff emer­i­tus. Su­cato is an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon and di­rec­tor of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/martha and Pat Beard Cen­ter for Ex­cel­lence in Spine


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