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Dr. John Armstrong was ap­pointed Florida’s sur­geon gen­eral and sec­re­tary of the state’s health depart­ment. He starts May 23. Armstrong is an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of surgery at Mor­sani Col­lege of Medicine at the Univer­sity of South Florida in Tampa and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the USF Health Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Med­i­cal Learn­ing and Sim­u­la­tion. Armstrong, 48, will con­tinue to “de­velop ex­per­tise in mil­i­tary medicine and sim­u­la­tion of bat­tle­field surgery” at the USF sim­u­la­tion cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a univer­sity news re­lease, which added that an in­ter­na­tional search will be­gin for the cen­ter’s next CMO. Armstrong re­places Dr. Frank Farmer.


The UC San Diego Health Sys­tem named CEO Paul Vi­viano and as­so­ci­ate vice chan­cel­lor for health sci­ences. Vi­viano, 59, will start his new post June 1 and re­places Thomas Jack­iewicz, who in Jan­uary be­came se­nior VP and CEO at USC Health in Los An­ge­les. Vi­viano serves as chair­man of the board and CEO of di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing com­pany Al­liance Health­care Ser­vices in Newport Beach, Calif. Mod­ern Health­care named Vi­viano as one its Up & Com­ers in 1991. … Long Beach (Calif.) Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter pro­moted Dr. Su­san Melvin Dr. Gainer to CMO. Melvin, 54, re­places Pills­bury, who served in that role for 16 years. Pills­bury has been named as­so­ci­ate CMO, which was Melvin’s pre­vi­ous po­si­tion. Ear­lier, Melvin was pres­i­dent and CEO of Me­mo­rial Fam­ily Medicine and di­rec­tor of the fam­ily res­i­dency pro­gram at Long Beach Me­mo­rial, which is part of Foun­tain Val­ley, Calif.based Me­mo­ri­al­care Health Sys­tem. … Iowa Health Sys­tem, Des Moines, named pres­i­dent and CEO of the Michael Mur­phy sys­tem’s ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion, ef­fec­tive later this month. His new role will have him lead­ing the tran­si­tion from fee-for-ser­vice re­im­burse­ment to fi­nan­cial sys­tems that re­ward high-qual­ity clin­i­cal care and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness. Pre­vi­ously, Mur­phy was ex­ec­u­tive VP for health net­works at Novi, Mich.based Trin­ity Health. His age was not pro­vided.

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