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Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health found its new CFO from the executive ranks at another large Washington company, Microsoft, hiring the tech giant’s managing director for business development and growth strategy, Venkat Bhamidipati.

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, the public health commissioner of Georgia, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a former candidate for Congress, has been named as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Two weeks after being named interim president and CEO of Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System, Charles Stokes, MHA, has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis by the hospital’s board.

Healthcare finance leaders are most focused on technological improvements in revenue cycle management (RCM) over the next year, while almost all are concerned about how the increasing number of self-paying patients will affect their organizations.

The annual Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference includes the induction of the organization’s new board chair, its chief elected officer. For 2017-18, the position belongs to Carol Friesen, MPH, vice president of health system services at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.


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Ingalls Health System to join University of Chicago Medicine health system

The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System agreed to pursue a combined integrated health delivery system. Once the deal is final, Ingalls Health System will join the University of Chicago Medicine health network. 

Townsend elected ACS President-Elect

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, the Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in General Surgery, department of surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Research finds significant overlap between company boards and academia

Almost 10 percent of healthcare company board positions are held by top academics from many of the top-ranked U.S. medical and research institutions, revealing the potential for significant conflicts of interests. 

Poll: Nearly half of organizations have physician leadership development training programs

Nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said their organizations had a physician leadership development training program, while 95 percent said leadership competencies were important in the medical profession.

AHA warns of scam

The American Heart Association (AHA) warned of a scam in which people are identifying themselves as AHA CEO Nancy Brown and/or AHA chief mission officer Meighan Girgus and contacting individuals for job interviews.

Atlanta-area hospitals discussing possible merger

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center, two large hospitals serving metro Atlanta, Ga., are discussing the possibility of combining their operations. 

Confirmation battle looms as Obama taps Slavitt for CMS post

President Obama has nominated Andrew M. Slavitt to helm the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, setting the stage for heated grilling by Republican legislators at confirmation hearings.

Eight characteristics of effective CEOs

CHICAGO--A Penn State University professor and veteran healthcare leader has identified eight characteristics in chief executive officers who succeeded in crisis situations.

Changing hearts and minds in the C-suite: Imaging as value-generator, not cost center

Some reputations are hard to shake. Medical imaging has for years been thought of as one of the biggest cost centers in the healthcare system, and it’s a perception that affects how radiology services are regulated.

Hospital CEO turnover remains high

A report from the American College of Healthcare Executives found 18 percent of U.S. hospitals had new chief executive officers in 2014, lower than the record 20 percent turnover rate from the previous year.