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Julie Creamer has been named pres­i­dent of North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Dr. Howard Hospi­tal in Chicago and Chris­man has been named pres­i­dent of North­west­ern Med­i­cal Group, which in­cludes doc­tors in Greater Chicago.

Creamer, 57, and Chris­man, 50, be­gan their new roles on Oct. 12. They re­place Rick Gan­notta, former hospi­tal pres­i­dent, and Dr. David Mahvi, former med­i­cal group pres­i­dent.

The hospi­tal and med­i­cal group are part of North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Health­Care, which is af­fil­i­ated with North­west­ern Univer­sity’s Fein­berg School of Medicine. Creamer and Chris­man will re­port to the sys­tem’s CEO, Dean Harrison.

Creamer, a nurse by back­ground, has served on North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Health­Care’s se­nior lead­er­ship team since 1996. She most re­cently was se­nior VP of ad­min­is­tra­tion for the health sys­tem and chief trans­for­ma­tion ex­ec­u­tive for North­west­ern Med­i­cal Group.

Chris­man, an in­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­o­gist, has been a doc­tor with North­west­ern since 1997, most re­cently serv­ing as VP of clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions for the med­i­cal group. He’s also a pro­fes­sor of ra­di­ol­ogy and surgery at the med­i­cal school.

Ger­ard van Grinsven re­signed last week as pres­i­dent and CEO of Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ica “to pur­sue other in­ter­ests,” the com­pany an­nounced.

Van Grinsven was re­placed on an Steve Mackin in­terim ba­sis by COO and Anne Meis­ner, CEO of the com­pany’s fa­cil­ity in New­nan, Ga. The Boca Ra­ton, Fla.-based for-profit com­pany operates five can­cer hos­pi­tals in Ari­zona, Georgia, Illi­nois, Ok­la­homa and Penn­syl­va­nia.

Be­fore join­ing Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters in 2013, van Grinsven was pres­i­dent and CEO of Henry Ford West Bloom­field (Mich.) Hospi­tal. Pre­vi­ously, he worked in the ho­tel industry, in­clud­ing a stint as VP and area gen­eral man­ager for the Ritz-Carl­ton Ho­tel Co.’s prop­er­ties in Cleve­land, Dear­born, Mich., Philadel­phia and St. Louis.

Martin Smith will serve as ex­ec­u­tive VP of op­er­a­tions for Quo­rum Health Corp., a 38-hospi­tal spinoff cre­ated by Franklin, Tenn.-based Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems. Smith, 48, is cur­rently pres­i­dent of CHS’ Divi­sion III, over­see­ing 35 hos­pi­tals in Illi­nois, Ken­tucky, Ten­nessee and West Vir­ginia. Four­teen of those hos­pi­tals will be­come part of Quo­rum once the spinoff is com­pleted.

Thomas Miller was named CEO of Quo­rum in Septem­ber, and the com­pany’s CFO, Michael Cu­lotta, was also ap­pointed ear­lier. Miller is cur­rently Divi­sion V pres­i­dent for CHS, over­see­ing 33 hos­pi­tals in In­di­ana, New Jer­sey, Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia. Cu­lotta is CHS’ VP of in­vestor re­la­tions.

Steven Blake has been named CFO at Avanti Hos­pi­tals, a four-hospi­tal sys­tem in El Se­gundo, Calif. Blake, 62, started at for-profit Avanti on Oct. 13. For the past year, the CFO role has been filled by Brian Buchanan, a con­sul­tant with Al­varez & Marsal.

Prior to join­ing Avanti, Blake was owner and pres­i­dent of an ac­count­ing firm, as well as CFO and ex­ec­u­tive VP of In­te­grated Health­care Hold­ings, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based hospi­tal com­pany now known as KPC Health­care. He also served as a re­gional VP of fi­nance for Dal­las-based Tenet Health­care Corp., re­spon­si­ble for fa­cil­i­ties in Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Ne­braska, Texas and Wash­ing­ton.

Have news to share about ex­ec­u­tive com­ings, go­ings or pro­mo­tions? E-mail As­sis­tant Man­ag­ing Editor David May at dmay@mod­ern­health­care.com.


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