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The West Health Pol­icy Cen­ter, an ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion aimed at low­er­ing the cost of health­care through new re­im­burse­ment and reg­u­la­tory pro­pos­als, hired as pres­i­dent. Michael O’grady O’grady, 58, served as as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for plan­ning and eval­u­a­tion for HHS from 2003 to 2005. Most re­cently, he founded a health pol­icy con­sult­ing firm and was a se­nior fel­low at Univer­sity of Chicago’s Na­tional Opin­ion Re­search Cen­ter.


Sidra Med­i­cal and Re­search Cen­ter, an aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter in de­vel­op­ment in Doha, Qatar, hired as its Dr. Wil­liam Owen Jr. first CEO. Owen most re­cently served as pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Medicine and Den­tistry of New Jersey and is a for­mer chan­cel­lor and se­nior VP of health for the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee Health Sci­ence Cen­ter. His age was not avail­able. Start­ing Aug. 5, Owen will lead strate­gic di­rec­tion for Sidra’s clin­i­cal and op­er­a­tional ser­vices. The aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter is funded by a $7.9 bil­lion en­dow­ment from the Qatar Foun­da­tion. … Health Man­age­ment As­so­ci­ates, Naples, Fla., named Steven Clifton se­nior VP and gen­eral coun­sel. Clifton, 52, was pre­vi­ously VP, le­gal op­er­a­tions at HCA, Nashville, where he spent 18 years. Be­fore that, he served as cor­po­rate coun­sel for Alliant Health Sys­tem and as­so­ciate at­tor­ney at law firm Wy­att, Tar­rant & Combs, both Louisville, Ky. … The Greater Hudson Val­ley Health Sys­tem, Mid­dle­town, N.Y., named CIO and VP of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. Lynch John Lynch joins the sys­tem from Provena Health, Mo­kena, Ill., where he served most re­cently as sys­tem VP and CIO. His age was un­avail­able. … The Ohio State Univer­sity Health Sys­tem in Colum­bus, Ohio, named COO. Funai, 46, is Dr. Ed­mund Funai the for­mer chief of ob­stet­rics at Yale-new Haven (Conn.) Hospi­tal, where he also served as in­terim project man­ager. He cur­rently serves as as­so­ciate dean for ad­min­is­tra­tion for the Ohio State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine, pro­fes­sor and vice chair­man of the depart­ment of ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy, and di­rec­tor of Ohio State’s Division of Ma­ter­nal Fe­tal Medicine. Funai re­places pro­moted last year to a new post as Jay Kasey, Ohio State’s se­nior VP for ad­min­is­tra­tion and plan­ning. … Penn State Her­shey (Pa.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter named CIO. Rod Dyke­house Dyke­house, whose age was not pro­vided, re­places Tom Aben­droth, who had held the post since 2002 and will be­come the hospi­tal’s chief of med­i­cal in­for­mat­ics. Dyke­house pre­vi­ously was CIO for UCLA Med­i­cal Sciences in Los Angeles and held the same ti­tle at Froedtert Health sys­tem in Mil­wau­kee. … Och­sner Health Sys­tem named gen­eral coun­sel and Pete Novem­ber se­nior VP of cor­po­rate com­pli­ance, a newly cre­ated po­si­tion at the New Orleans-based sys­tem. Novem­ber, 42, pre­vi­ously was ex­ec­u­tive VP, gen­eral coun­sel, sec­re­tary and di­rec­tor of ac­qui­si­tions at for-profit LHC Group, Lafayette, La. Be­fore that he was a part­ner in the law firm Al­ston & Bird in At­lanta. … Dr. John Fren­zel was named chief med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at the Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter. Fren­zel is an ad­junct pro­fes­sor in the School of Bio­med­i­cal In­for­mat­ics at the Univer­sity of Texas Health Sci­ence Cen­ter, Hous­ton, and a pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of anes­the­si­ol­ogy and pe­ri­op­er­a­tive medicine and di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal an­a­lyt­ics and in­for­mat­ics at the Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter.


The SSI Group, Mo­bile, Ala., an­nounced that will James Lyons serve as pres­i­dent and CEO af­ter the re­tire­ment next month of Bobby Smith, a 24-year vet­eran of the health­care soft­ware com­pany. The tran­si­tion is ef­fec­tive Aug. 1. Lyons, 67, is VP and CFO. In a news re­lease, SSI cred­ited Smith, 76, with grow­ing the com­pany from a 20-per­son startup to a 400em­ployee player in the rev­enue-cy­cle man­age­ment sec­tor.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Min­nesota Pres­i­dent and CEO Ken­neth Bur­dick left the in­surer af­ter five months in the po­si­tion. Bur­dick, 54, started as CEO of the not-for-profit on Feb. 16 and on July 19 the com­pany an­nounced his de­par­ture “ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.” The Ea­gan, Minn.-based com­pany said an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was be­gun af­ter the board of di­rec­tors be­came aware of con­cerns about whether there had been “ad­e­quate dis­clo­sure of some an­tic­i­pated busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.” Al­though the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded noth­ing il­le­gal had taken place, com­pany of­fi­cials de­cided that the lack of dis­clo­sure did not meet com­pany ex­pec­ta­tions or poli­cies. VP and Chief Le­gal Of­fi­cer Scott Lynch was named in­terim CEO dur­ing the search for a new top ex­ec­u­tive. Bur­dick came to the Min­nesota Blues from Coven­try Health Care and pre­vi­ously was a high-rank­ing ex­ec­u­tive with Unit­ed­health Group, in­clud­ing work­ing as pres­i­dent and CEO of the for-profit in­surer’s com­mer­cial busi­ness.


Health­care real-es­tate in­vest­ment trust Ven­tas, Chicago, hired John Hart to be se­nior VP and CIO, ef­fec­tive July 19. Hart will re­port to ex­ec­u­tive VP and CFO Hart, 48, Richard Sch­wein­hart. comes from CME Group, where he spent 16 years, most re­cently as manag­ing di­rec­tor of tech­nol­ogy for the Chicagob­ased risk man­age­ment com­pany.


Mark Lane, 60, pres­i­dent and CEO of Fidelis Care, Rego Park, N.Y., died July 22 af­ter a brief ill­ness. Lane’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Fidelis started in 1993, when he over­saw the Ro­man Catholic-spon­sored man­aged-care plan’s de­vel­op­ment while work­ing with the Catholic Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Brook­lyn and Queens as COO. He for­mally joined Fidelis three years later as the HMO ex­panded in the New York City area. Catholic Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Brook­lyn and Queens later merged with St. Vin­cent Catholic Med­i­cal Cen­ters. The Rev. Patrick Fraw­ley, 60, ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO, has been named the com­pany’s in­terim head. Fidelis, which ranks as one of New York City’s largest in­sur­ers, pro­vided no timetable for find­ing a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Lane.



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