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HOS­PI­TALS, SYS­TEMS Och­sner Health Sys­tem, New Or­leans, named

Warner Thomas,

cur­rently the sys­tem’s pres­i­dent and COO, CEO ef­fec­tive Sept. 1. He re­places who was

Dr. Pa­trick Quin­lan, se­lected to lead the new Och­sner Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Well­ness and Health Pol­icy. Thomas, 46, was cho­sen as part of a suc­ces­sion plan de­vel­oped over 18 months, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Thomas was cred­ited with lead­ing Och­sner’s ef­fort to build its own hospi­tal sys­tem through the ac­qui­si­tion of six hos­pi­tals. He was named a Mod­ern Health­care Up & Comer in 2006. Quin­lan, 63, has been CEO since 2001. He will con­tinue to serve on the Och­sner Health Sys­tem board and will re­main ac­tive with Och­sner’s med­i­cal prac­tice, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. In 2010, Quin­lan was No. 14 on the Mod­ern Health­care/mod­ern Physi­cian list of the 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives. The Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Well­ness and Health Pol­icy will “take on the im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity of serv­ing to ed­u­cate and in­form peo­ple and de­ci­sion­mak­ers so that we are ad­dress­ing health­care is­sues at the root cause of dis­ease in­stead of sim­ply ad­dress­ing the symp­toms,” Quin­lan said in the re­lease. … Caron­delet Health Net­work, Tuc­son, Ariz., an­nounced the ap­point­ment of

Alan Strauss

as ex­ec­u­tive VP and CFO, ef­fec­tive April 30. Strauss, 61, spent the past six years as CFO at St. Thomas Health, Nashville. St. Thomas and Caron­delet are af­fil­i­ates of St. Louis-based As­cen­sion Health. Caron­delet of­fi­cials praised Strauss, and cred­ited him for “dra­matic rev­enue growth” while at St. Thomas, adding that he aided in the cre­ation of sev­eral suc­cess­ful joint ven­tures. …

Les­lie Sim­mons

was pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO from her cur­rent po­si­tion of COO and se­nior VP at Car­roll Hospi­tal Cen­ter in West­min­ster, Md. Sim­mons, 52, will move into the role of pres­i­dent and CEO by 2015, when cur­rent CEO re­tires, a hospi­tal spokes­woman said.

John Ser­nulka When Sim­mons, a reg­is­tered nurse, be­gins the new role July 1, she will over­see the hu­man re­sources and med­i­cal af­fairs de­part­ments, and she will shift her fo­cus from daily op­er­a­tions to broader is­sues, in­clud­ing the hospi­tal’s in­volve­ment with in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity physi­cians. ... St. David’s Health­care, Austin, Texas, an­nounced that

Cindy Sexton

will be­come VP and CFO on June 1. Sexton, 48, will re­place who is re­tir­ing, ac­cord­ing to a

David Wil­son, spokes­woman. Sexton has worked for 12 years as CFO of St. David’s North Austin (Texas) Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and since 2008 also has been CFO of St. David’s Round Rock (Texas) Med­i­cal Cen­ter. At North Austin, Sexton played a key role in physi­cian re­cruit­ment, the de­vel­op­ment of the Women’s Cen­ter of Texas, the cre­ation of Texas In­sti­tute for Ro­botic Surgery, and in the strat­egy to de­velop ur­gent and free-stand­ing emer­gen­cy­care cen­ters, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.



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