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HOS­PI­TALS, SYS­TEMS Arthur Gon­za­lez,

CEO of the Hen­nepin Health­care Sys­tem in Min­neapo­lis, was named as the fi­nal­ist to suc­ceed

Dr. Pa­tri­cia Gabow

as CEO of the Den­ver Health and Hos­pi­tal Au­thor­ity. Gabow has held the post since 1992, and last fall she an­nounced her in­ten­tion to re­tire in Septem­ber. Gon­za­lez, one of Mod­ern Health­care’s Up & Com­ers in 1989, is sched­uled to start Sept. 4 if an agree­ment is fi­nal­ized, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. A Hen­nepin spokesman said Gon­za­lez in­formed the board last week that he had signed a let­ter of in­tent to be a fi­nal­ist with Den­ver Health, and that he in­tended to re­sign when the process was com­pleted. Gon­za­lez, whose age was un­avail­able, was the pres­i­dent and CEO of the not-for-profit TriC­ity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Ocean­side, Calif., from 1998-2009, when he joined Hen­nepin. … is leav­ing the

Valinda Rut­ledge CMS’ Cen­ter for Medi­care and Med­i­caid In­no­va­tion for a se­nior po­si­tion with Ken­tuck­yOne Health, a Louisville-based health sys­tem formed in Jan­uary. Ef­fec­tive July 23, Rut­ledge, 57, will lead Ken­tuck­yOne’s Louisville mar­ket and will be pres­i­dent of Jewish Hos­pi­tal, Louisville. The CMS In­no­va­tion Cen­ter was es­tab­lished by the health­care re­form law to iden­tify and test new mod­els of health­care de­liv­ery and pay­ment. Rut­ledge joined the cen­ter in June 2011 as direc­tor of the pa­tient-care mod­els group. Rut­ledge pre­vi­ously was pres­i­dent and CEO of CaroMont Health, Gas­to­nia, N.C., where she led the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ac­count­able care model. ... Life­span Corp., Prov­i­dence, R.I., tapped as

Dr. Timothy Babineau pres­i­dent and CEO, start­ing in Au­gust. Babineau, 52, will re­place Life­span an­nounced in Oc­to­ber

Ge­orge Vec­chione. that it was con­duct­ing a search for Vec­chione’s suc­ces­sor. Since 2010, Babineau has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of the sys­tem’s Rhode Is­land Hos­pi­tal and Miriam Hos­pi­tal, both in Prov­i­dence. In 2011, Babineau was named to Mod­ern Physi­cian’s list of the 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care.

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