Contracting News October 2011

HealthSouth realigns into six regions, names executives
Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corp. realigned its hospitals into six regions, effective September 1, 2011. The MidAtlantic Region will be led by Edward Mowen, former controller of the MidAtlantic Region since 2005. He will have operational responsibility for 14 hospitals located in South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Frank Brown will be president of the Southwest Region and will have responsibility for 19 hospitals located in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Jerry Gray will serve as president of the West Region and will have responsibility for 14 hospitals located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Peter Mantegazza was named president of the Northeast Region and will have responsibility for 17 hospitals in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Terry Maxhimer will lead the Central Region and will have responsibility for 16 hospitals, 15 of which are located in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. He will also oversee Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia (Bristol, Va.) due to the hospital’s close proximity to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Kingsport (Kingsport, Tenn.). Linda Wilder will serve as president of the Southeast Region and will have responsibility for 17 hospitals located in Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Joplin tornado remembered
This photo of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Mo., was taken by parishioner Bob Essner, director of materials management, Freeman Health System, Joplin, the morning after a deadly tornado destroyed much of the city on Sunday, May 22. “[This] is the picture…that means the most to me from my tornado pictures,” he says. “Our church, rectory, school and parish hall were all demolished. The half of the van left in the picture used to be the parish van to transport kids to events. After 29 years as a parishioner, it’s pretty emotional to see physical buildings housing our community destroyed like this, but we know God must have a plan.” Essner’s photos of the tornado appeared in Repertoire magazine and First Impressions magazine, sister publications of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting. Visit him on Facebook.

MedAssets seeks speakers for 2012 Healthcare Business Summit Performance Forum
Alpharetta, Ga.-based MedAssets (Alpharetta, GA) has invited healthcare and business professionals to submit speaking proposals for its 2012 Healthcare Business Summit Performance Forum. The Performance Forum, scheduled for April 11, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is a forward-thinking, education-focused event attended by 1,000 or more healthcare professionals drawn from across the care continuum. The deadline to submit completed speaker’s proposals for consideration is September 1, 2011. Late proposals will not be accepted. Sessions are one hour in length. If you are interested in speaking, complete a proposal at and submit it to Wendy Verkist at

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