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Hospi­tal board of di­rec­tors, we thank David for his time and suc­cesses at St. Joseph Hospi­tal and wish him well,” St. Joseph board chair­woman Louise Trot­tier said in the re­lease. “We will keep David and his fam­ily in our prayers.” Hamill, whose age wasn’t pro­vided, served 11 years as pres­i­dent and CEO of Mer­i­tus Health, Hager­stown, Md., be­fore he re­tired in 2011. He served 16 years on the board of di­rec­tors at Covenant Health Sys­tems, the Tewks­bury, Mass.-based par­ent com­pany of St. Joseph. … Jani John­son has been named pres­i­dent and CEO of St. Luke’s South Hospi­tal in Over­land Park, Kan., ef­fec­tive Sept. 10. John­son, 51, suc­ceeds

Katherine How­ell, who is as­sum­ing a new job as chief nurse ex­ec­u­tive for the par­ent sys­tem, St. Luke’s Health Sys­tem, Kansas City, Mo., ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. John­son started her ca­reer with the sys­tem in 1985 as a staff nurse at St. Luke’s Mid Amer­ica Heart In­sti­tute, and in 2002 be­came VP of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ser­vices for the sys­tem and the in­sti­tute. St. Luke’s Health Sys­tem CEO

Dr. Melinda Estes said in the re­lease that John­son’s ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded in­te­grat­ing a car­dio­vas­cu­lar physi­cian prac­tice into the sys­tem and over­see­ing the launch of a new heart in­sti­tute in 2011.

IN MEMORIAM

Spe­cialty Care, a Nashville-based provider of out­sourced clin­i­cal ser­vices, said Gary

Brukardt, its founder, chair­man and CEO, died. Brukardt, who was 66, died Aug. 21. Prior to found­ing Spe­cialty Care in 2006, he served in lead­er­ship roles at a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing as pres­i­dent and Brukardt CEO of Re­nal Care Group, which was ac­quired by Fre­se­nius Med­i­cal Care in 2005; ex­ec­u­tive VP of Bap­tist Health­Care af­fil­i­ates; chair­man and pres­i­dent of Health Net; and VP of man­aged care for VHA. “Gary was a visionary and a ser­vant leader,”

Dr. Harry Ja­cob­son, a Spe­cialty Care board mem­ber, said in a news re­lease. “He put to­gether an amaz­ing team of ex­pe­ri­enced health­care lead­ers (who) up­hold his high stan­dards of in­tegrity and hold firm to his be­lief in de­liv­er­ing only the best in pa­tient care.” J. Michael

Mauldin, Spe­cialty Care’s CFO, was named CEO. Mauldin had been serv­ing as in­terim CEO in re­cent months be­cause of Brukardt’s health is­sues, the com­pany said. He is 49.

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