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The Federation of American Hospitals has named Leah Cohen as its director of political and public affairs, effective May 7. Cohen replaces Alex Mullineaux, who left the FAH to join a hospital system in Gastonia, N.C. Cohen previously worked for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the National Association of Realtors and former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-texas). She declined to provide her age.
HOSPITALS, SYSTEMS Health First, Rockledge, Fla., named James “Stuart” Mitchell executive VP and COO. Mitchell, 56, replaces Larry Garrison, who retired at the end of last year. Mitchell will oversee operations of Health First’s hospitals division, one of four divisions created as part of the system’s February reorganization. He joins Health First from Integris Health, Oklahoma City, where he was managing director for regional facilities. He previously served in Memphis, Tenn., as VP and metropolitan market leader for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp., and Ceo/administrator for Baptist Memorial Hospital. … St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo., named Ron Baker its new CEO. Baker was CEO of St. Luke’s Health System’s Cushing Memorial Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan., before becoming CEO of St. Luke’s East effective May 1. He succeeds who previously announced his
Dr. George Pagels, intentions to retire this spring and will remain as the CMO of St. Luke’s Health System until a successor is identified for that role, the announcement said. Pagels has been CEO of the hospital in the Kansas City suburbs since early in the construction of the 40-acre hospital campus in 2003.
Humana, Louisville, Ky., promoted to Elizabeth Bierbower president of its Employer Group division. She steps into the new position after having led the Specialty Benefits group since 2009. She joined the health insurer in 2001 as the company’s product innovation leader. The appointment is part of Humana’s realignment into business groups that focus on specific customer relationships. Also last week, the company named Bruce Perkins president of its Health and Well-being Services division. Perkins previously was senior VP of healthcare delivery systems and clinical processes. Their ages were not provided.
Andrew Appel, a senior VP for Accretive Health, resigned May 3 and will step down May 25 to head a private Chicago company, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Appel was named senior VP of revenue-cycle operations in July 2011, according to a previous securities filing. He was cohead of the revenue cycle business line. Accretive Health’s billing and collections practices are the focus of a congressional inquiry following a report by Minnesota’s attorney general. The company has rejected the attorney general’s findings. The filing did not specify which company Appel was joining.