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Jim Ep­pel has been named ex­ec­u­tive VP and chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of HealthPart­ners, an in­te­grated de­liv­ery net­work based in Bloom­ing­ton, Minn.

Ep­pel will be re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing care de­liv­ery and the health plan’s ad­min­is­tra­tive func­tions.

Ep­pel joins HealthPart­ners af­ter serv­ing as pres­i­dent and CEO of UCare, a health plan based in Minneapolis. Pre­vi­ously, Ep­pel served as se­nior VP of Op­tum, a di­vi­sion of Unit­edHealth Group, and COO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Min­nesota.

Ruth Colby has been pro­moted to pres­i­dent and CEO of Sil­ver Cross Hos­pi­tal in New Lenox, Ill., ef­fec­tive Oct. 1. She suc­ceeds Paul Pawlak, who is re­tir­ing.

Colby joined Sil­ver Cross in 2005 as chief strat­egy of­fi­cer. Un­der her guid­ance, she forged part­ner­ships with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Chicago, Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine and North­west­ern Medicine. She also over­saw an af­fil­i­a­tion with Ad­vo­cate Health Care based in Down­ers Grove, Ill.

Be­fore join­ing Sil­ver Cross, Colby held lead­er­ship roles at Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine and Solu­cient, a de­ci­sion-sup­port so­lu­tions com­pany now part of Tru­ven Health An­a­lyt­ics, IBM Wat­son Health.

Jerry Fox Jr. has been named se­nior VP and CIO of BJC HealthCare, based in St. Louis. He suc­ceeds David Weiss, who is re­tir­ing in June af­ter 27 years with BJC.

Fox, 52, most re­cently was chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer and di­rec­tor of global in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy op­er­a­tions at Dana Corp., based in Toledo, Ohio. He was also VP of en­ter­prise in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy at Car­di­nal Health in Dublin, Ohio.

Wil­liam McKeon has been pro­moted to pres­i­dent and CEO of Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hous­ton. He suc­ceeds Dr. Robert Rob­bins, who is leav­ing to serve as pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Ari­zona in Tuc­son.

McKeon, 57, was most re­cently chief strat­egy and op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Texas Med­i­cal. Be­fore join­ing Texas Med­i­cal in 2013, McKeon held lead­er­ship roles at Stanford Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the U.S. On­col­ogy Net­work and med­i­cal de­vice maker Medtronic.

Ed Han­non has been named pres­i­dent of CHI Health St. Fran­cis in Grand Is­land, Neb., ef­fec­tive May 23. He re­places Dan McEl­ligot, who stepped down as pres­i­dent last Novem­ber.

Han­non, 58, has been pres­i­dent and CEO of Bates County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in But­ler, Miss., since 2013. He has more than 20 years of healthcare lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, lead­ing not-for-profit hospi­tals in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Bob Hud­son is re­tir­ing as se­nior VP and CFO of Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hos­pi­tal in Va­len­cia, Calif., ef­fec­tive in July.

Hud­son has served as CFO since 2001. Dur­ing his ten­ure, he guided the hos­pi­tal’s fi­nan­cial restruc­tur­ing. Hud­son also worked to in­crease the fa­cil­ity’s bond rat­ing and ex­panded ser­vices, in­clud­ing build­ing a com­mu­nity cancer pro­gram as well as its in­ten­sive-care unit.




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