ON THE MOVE ...
HOSPITALS, SYSTEMS Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, named
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
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. …
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
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.