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The board of regents at the University of Texas (UT) finalized the selection of Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM, as the next president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role which has sat vacant since the departure of Ronald DePinho, MD.

More than half (51 percent) of hospital and health system executives responding to a Kaufman Hall survey said they have either no cost reduction goals or a goal of only a 1 percent to 5 percent reduction in the next five years.

Michael Munger, MD, assumed the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) during its 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in San Antonio, Texas. In his opening speech, he both praised the progress in moving toward value-based care and echoed members’ angst about the increasing administrative burden in their practices.

Judith Ploszek, MBA, has been named the permanent CFO of Tampa General Hospital, a role she’s held on an acting basis since last year.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, has been named the founding dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, set to open in Pasadena, Calif. in 2019.

 

Recent Headlines

HCA transferring ownership of Okla. hospitals for $750 million

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) will be giving up ownership of the Oklahoma University Medical Center (OUMC) and OUMC Edmund to the University Hospitals Authority and Trust (UHAT), with a separate agreement with SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma creating a new nonprofit to manage day-to-day operations as part of a new integrated care network.

AAAASF names new president

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities has appointed one of its board members the new leader of the organization.

ACEP picks new president-elect, board members

Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, of Napa, California, has been selected as the new president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as the group made several leadership changes at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel president resigns as new hospital project begins

Amid a $500 million overhaul of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, the president of Beth Israel Hospital, Susan Somerville, has decided to step down.

eQHealth Solutions names new senior medical director

A new medical director has joined eQHealth Solutions, a population health management company that serves government and commercial organizations.

CureVac names Pierre Kemula CFO

Technology company CureVac has appointed Pierre Kemula as new chief financial officer, a position responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and capital market initiatives.

Spectrum Health names new chief medical officer

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Spectrum Health Hospital Group has named Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, effective Oct. 10.

Patient ID errors happen—and they can be deadly

To err is human, as they say. But in a hospital setting, an error can turn deadly fast. And they do, according to a report from the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), especially when hospital records confuse two patients for one another.  

 
AAFP names new board of directors

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) elected its board of directors for the next year at its annual meeting in Orlando.

Cleveland Clinic submits plan for London location

The Cleveland Clinic is seeking approval to build a new hospital in London, which would be its third international facility and first in Europe.

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