Contracting News February 2010

Ryan takes over as CEO at Broadlane
Dallas, Texas-based Broadlane Inc appointed Patrick T. Ryan as CEO, effective immediately, replacing David Ricker, who will remain active in the company as a member of the board of directors. Ryan has been in the healthcare field since 1980, with specific experience in finance, operations, direct-to-consumer marketing, strategic development, service and sales. Prior to joining Broadlane, Ryan was managing director of Clark Street Ventures LLC (Arcadia, Calif.) where he worked with SV Life Sciences (Boston, Mass.) as a venture partner, in addition to his involvement at Broadlane as chairman of the board, a position which he will maintain in addition to his CEO responsibilities.

Louisiana to receive $474.8 million for Charity Hospital replacement
A federal arbitration panel ruled that Louisiana would receive $474.8 million – nearly all it had requested – to pay for the replacement of Charity Hospital (New Orleans, La.), closed due to damages from Hurricane Katrina. Plans are to replace Charity with a new $1.2 billion academic medical center. An additional $300 million has been appropriated by the State Legislature, and the rest is expected to come from the sale of revenue bonds. Neighborhood preservations still argue that there is no need for a new facility, and that Charity can be rebuilt for much less.

Catholic Healthcare West names Nordlund to head partnership development
San Francisco, Calif.-based Catholic Healthcare West named Scott Nordlund as the newly created role of VP of new venture and partnership development. Nordlund will focus on deals or investments in ambulatory care, episodic care, and post-acute care as part Catholic Healthcare West’s push to diversify beyond acute care.

Premier names new members to oversight committees
Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier Inc named leaders from 12 not-for-profit hospitals and health systems to two stockholder committees that provide strategic oversight to the alliance. Consisting of executives and experts from 34 Premier alliance members and outside representation from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Group Purchasing and Member Relations (GPMR) Committee and the Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) serve in an advisory capacity to Premier’s board of directors. Appointed by the Premier board of directors as new members of the GPMR Committee are:

  • Joann Anderson, president and CEO, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Lumberton, N.C.)
  • Katherine Arbuckle, SVP and CFO, Bon Secours Health System Inc (Marriottsville, Md.)
  • Michael Nagowski, CEO, Cape Fear Valley Health System (Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Marvin O’Quinn, EVP and COO, Catholic Healthcare West (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Steven Sonenreich, president and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami Beach, Fla.).

Appointed by the Premier board of directors as new members of the QIC are:

  • Jane Crowley, EVP and chief administrative officer, Catholic Healthcare Partners (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO, John C. Lincoln Health Network (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Norman Gruber, president and CEO, Salem Hospital (Salem, Ore.)
  • Margaret Naleppa, president and CEO, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Health System (Salisbury, Md.)
  • Valinda Rutledge, president and CEO, CaroMont Health (Gastonia, N.C.)
  • Phillip Schaengold, president and CEO, Memorial University Medical Center (Savannah, Ga.)
  • William Thompson, president and COO, SSM Health Care (St. Louis, Mo.).
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