HOS­PI­TALS AND HEALTH SYS­TEMS

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Dr. Mitchell Katz, head of Los An­ge­les County’s health sys­tem, will lead a new con­sol­i­dated agency that en­com­passes the health sys­tem, as well as the county’s pub­lic-health and men­tal-health agen­cies. He has been the di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Health Ser­vices, which runs the county’s hos­pi­tals and clin­ics, since 2010. Be­fore that, he led the San Francisco Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health.

Katz, 55, whose ap­point­ment was widely ex­pected, was con­firmed by the county board of su­per­vi­sors last month.

The new “su­per­a­gency” is ex­pected to save the county a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money, while re­duc­ing bar­ri­ers be­tween county physi­cians, be­hav­ioral-health providers and ad­dic­tion pro­fes­sion­als. But men­tal­health ad­vo­cates worry that be­hav­ioral health will be­come a lower pri­or­ity in the con­sol­i­dated depart­ment.

South­field, Mich.-based Beau­mont Carolyn Wil­son Health has named as its first COO since the sys­tem was formed through a Septem­ber 2014 merger.

Wil­son, 53, will be­gin her new role on Jan. 18. The eight-hos­pi­tal sys­tem was cre­ated through the merger of Beau­mont Health Sys­tem, Botsford Health Care and Oak­wood Health­care, all lo­cated in the Detroit area.

She pre­vi­ously served as ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of Fairview Health Ser­vices, Min­neapo­lis, where she over­saw oper­a­tions at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota Med­i­cal Cen­ter, five com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and a num­ber of clin­ics, se­nior res­i­dences and re­tail phar­ma­cies. She also served as pres­i­dent of UMMC and co-pres­i­dent of Univer­sity of Min­nesota Health.

John Fox, for­mer CEO of Emory Health­care in At­lanta, joined the Beau­mont sys­tem as pres­i­dent and CEO in March, and has since be­gun to build his ex­ec­u­tive team.

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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