ON THE MOVE ...
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.