Contracting News October 2010

JHC blog contributors debut
The Journal of Healthcare announced the debut of regular blogs by contributors Dan Nielsen, founder of the National Institute for Healthcare Leadership (; and Robert Yokl, Chief Value Strategist, Strategic Value Analysis® in Healthcare. Nielsen’s Healthcare Leadership blog will focus on interviews and insight on topics relevant to the leader/manager in hospitals and health systems. Yokl will provide insight and understanding into supply chain issues such as distributor relations, conflicts of interest and driving down costs. For more information and for regularly updated industry content, go to

MDSI names Vinsant as new media and events manager
Lawrenceville, Ga.-based MDSI announced the addition of new team member, Alicia Vinsant, as New Media and Events Manager. This position will serve as a customer advocate, responsible for meeting customers’ needs for different forms of content, including live training. Vinsant previously managed events and program development for a marketing company, StomperNet (Atlanta, Ga.), and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Tenet promotes Kahn to VP of operations, southern states
Dallas, Texas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp promoted Drew Kahn to VP of operations for Tenet Southern States Region, effective Oct. 1, 2010. The Southern States Region includes 11 hospitals in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Kahn currently serves as CEO of Houston Northwest Medical Center (Houston, Texas). He previously held several hospital-level management positions within Tenet, including COO of its Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center (Houston, Texas).

CDC appoints Foldy to lead Public Health Informatics & Technology Program Office
Atlanta, Ga.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appointed Seth Foldy to lead its Public Health Informatics & Technology Program Office, effective October 12, 2010. Foldy previously served as medical director and then commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department from 1996 to 2004. Henry Anderson, chief medical officer at the state Division of Public Health, will serve as interim health officer.

In the August issue of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting, Rosaline Parson’s last name was misspelled. We regret the error.

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