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Uni­ver­sal Health Ser­vices, King of Prus­sia, Pa., named to the

Dr. Lynda Ann Smirz newly cre­ated role of VP and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of its acute-care di­vi­sion. Smirz, who joined UHS in Jan­uary, pre­vi­ously was VP of sur­gi­cal ser­vices and CMO for In­di­ana Univer­sity Health North Hospi­tal, Carmel, a hospi­tal owned by In­di­ana Univer­sity Health, Indianapolis. Smirz’s age was not pro­vided. …

Dr. Robert McGre­gor

was hired as the first chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Akron (Ohio) Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, ef­fec­tive Jan. 14. Pre­vi­ously, McGre­gor, 57, was the pe­di­a­tri­cian-in-chief and in­terim pe­di­atrics chair­man at St. Christo­pher’s Hospi­tal for Chil­dren in Philadel­phia and a pe­di­atrics pro­fes­sor at the Drexel Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine. … Havasu Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., chose

F. Dana Ellerbe as its new CEO. Ellerbe, 58, had served since Oc­to­ber as in­terim CEO of the hospi­tal, part of pub­licly traded LifePoint Hos­pi­tals, Brent­wood, Tenn. He as­sumed lead­er­ship from who is

San­dra Pod­ley, now ad­min­is­tra­tor at Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal, Al­bu­querque. Ellerbe pre­vi­ously was VP of an­cil­lary ser­vices for Marin Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Green­brae, Calif. … Janie Hil­figer

was named pres­i­dent of Sol­diers and Sailors Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, Wells­boro, Pa., ef­fec­tive Feb. 1. Hil­figer, 54, started as a staff nurse at Sol­diers and Sailors and for the past 12 years was the hospi­tal’s chief nurs­ing ex­ec­u­tive. As pres­i­dent she suc­ceeds who

Jan Fisher, was named COO of Susque­hanna Health Sys­tem, Wil­liamsport, Pa., when Sol­diers and Sailors and its par­ent, Lau­rel Health Sys­tem, joined Susque­hanna last Septem­ber.


Thomas Leary was named VP of government re­la­tions for the Chicago- based Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety, re­plac­ing Dave Roberts,

who was elected last year to a seat on the County of San Diego Board of Su­per­vi­sors. Leary has served as se­nior di­rec­tor of fed­eral af­fairs for HIMSS since 2003. Pre­vi­ously, Leary was di­vi­sion man­ager for health IT sys­tems de­vel­oper Sci­ence Ap­pli­ca­tions In­ter­na­tional Corp., and he worked for the De­fense De­part­ment, in­clud­ing as spe­cial as­sis­tant to the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of de­fense for health af­fairs. … Glooko, a Palo Alto, Calif.based de­vel­oper of a mo­bile log­book for peo­ple with di­a­betes, hired

Rick Altinger

as CEO. Altinger, 48, takes over the role from the

Yogen Dalal, com­pany’s co-founder and chair­man who had been serv­ing as CEO on an in­terim ba­sis. Altinger most re­cently served as VP of chan­nel part­ners for In­tuit Health.

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