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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.

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