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Si­nai Health Sys­tem in Chicago has named Karen Teit­el­baum, cur­rently ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO for the sys­tem, its next pres­i­dent and CEO, ef­fec­tive July 1. She will re­place CEO Alan Chan­ning, 69, who an­nounced in March that he is re­tir­ing af­ter 10 years in the post. Dur­ing his ten­ure, he over­saw Si­nai’s resur­gence from an or­ga­ni­za­tion that was at one time in fi­nan­cial trou­ble into one of the leading safety net hospi­tal sys­tems in the coun­try.

Teit­el­baum, 57, has served in her cur­rent po­si­tion since 2007. Her pre­vi­ous work in­cludes strate­gic plan­ning, med­i­cal staff de­vel­op­ment and man­aged-care con­tract­ing at teach­ing and com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals. She also pre­vi­ously served as a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive for a net­work of 12 Catholic hos­pi­tals.

Peter Hof­stet­ter has been named CEO of Wil­lamette Val­ley Med­i­cal Cen­ter, McMin­nville, Ore., ef­fec­tive Aug. 1. Wil­lamette is an af­fil­i­ate of Capella Health­care.

Hof­stet­ter, 61, has more than 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a hospi­tal CEO. He cur­rently heads Holy Cross Hospi­tal in Taos, N.M., a post he’s held since 2009. Be­fore that, he was CEO for 15 years at North­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter in St. Al­bans, Vt. He also served as CEO for six years at J.C. Blair Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Hunt­ing­ton, Pa., and as CEO/ad­min­is­tra­tor for four years at Notre Dame Hospi­tal, Cen­tral Falls, R.I.

John Ser­nulka will re­tire as CEO of Car­roll Hospi­tal Cen­ter, ef­fec­tive July 1, af­ter serv­ing 26 years at the small stand­alone hospi­tal in West­min­ster, Md.

Les­lie Sim­mons, the hospi­tal’s pres­i­dent, will take over the top job. Ser­nulka, 64, said he had ini­tially planned to re­tire three years ago, but the board asked him to stay on as the hospi­tal com­pleted a cap­i­tal cam­paign for its new cancer cen­ter.

Dr. Peter Per­son, CEO of Essen­tia Health, plans to re­tire in 2015. Per­son, 63, an in­ter­nal medicine physi­cian, has served as the top ex­ec­u­tive at Du­luth, Minn.-based Essen­tia since its cre­ation in 2004. Essen­tia was ini­tially formed through the in­te­gra­tion of Bene­dic­tine Health Sys­tem and SMDC Health Sys­tem. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has con­tin­ued to ex­pand and now has 18 hos­pi­tals and 66 clin­ics serv­ing four states.

The sys­tem has be­gun a search for Per­son’s suc­ces­sor.


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