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Re­gion­alCare Hospi­tal Part­ners, Brent­wood, Tenn., named Kent Wal­lace, pres­i­dent and COO of Van­guard Health Sys­tems, Nashville, its new CEO, ef­fec­tive March 1. Wal­lace will re­place Re­gion­alCare founder Martin Rash, who was pro­moted to ex­ec­u­tive chair­man. Wal­lace will serve on the board of direc­tors and also take over the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Pres­i­dent and COO John Rut­ledge, who is leav­ing the for-profit com­pany. Wal­lace, 57, is sched­uled to step down from his post Feb. 28, ac­cord­ing to an Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion fil­ing from Van­guard. He has served as pres­i­dent and COO since 2005, and was pre­vi­ously mar­ket pres­i­dent for the com­pany’s San An­to­nio op­er­a­tions. For-profit Van­guard ap­pointed Chair­man and CEO Charles Martin, 70, pres­i­dent, ef­fec­tive March 1. Martin has served as chair­man of the board and CEO since 1997. … Greg Van Pelt an­nounced his re­tire­ment as CEO of Prov­i­dence Health & Ser­vices’ Ore­gon di­vi­sion af­ter three years in that po­si­tion and 38 years with the Ren­ton, Wash.-based sys­tem. Van Pelt, 61, will re­main with the sys­tem un­til June or un­til Prov­i­dence names a re­place­ment. In 1990, Mod­ern Health­care se­lected a 38-year-old Van Pelt as an Up & Comer. … Sali­nas Val­ley Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Sali­nas, Calif., named Matt Ger­lach pres­i­dent and CEO. Ger­lach, 57, will suc­ceed in­terim CEO Low­ell John­son, who was ap­pointed to the tem­po­rary po­si­tion in April 2011. Ger­lach is ex­pected to as­sume the lead in March af­ter he leaves his cur­rent job as VP and COO at Glen­dale (Calif.) Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal and Health Cen­ter. Sali­nas Val­ley Me­mo­rial, a tax­payer-sub­si­dized pub­lic hospi­tal, came un­der scru­tiny last year for the size of the sev­er­ance package—worth $4.9 mil­lion—given to re­tir­ing CEO Sam Down­ing.


Rus­sell Branzell, CEO of the Colorado Health Med­i­cal Group, was named pres­i­dent and CEO of the Col­lege of Health­care In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Ex­ec­u­tives. Branzell has served in sev­eral lead­er­ship po­si­tions with the Ann Ar­bor, Mich.-based pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion of health­care CIOs and re­lated ex­ec­u­tives, in­clud­ing on its board of trustees. CHIME an­nounced in Novem­ber it was look­ing for some­one from the CIO ranks to serve as its new pres­i­dent and CEO. Cur­rent CHIME Pres­i­dent and CEO Richard Cor­rell, who has been with the or­ga­ni­za­tion for 20 years, will be­come CHIME’s COO. Branzell starts as CEO on April 5.


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