NEWS

Broward Health names new interim CEO
Broward Health’s (Fort Lauderdale, FL) board has named board member Beverly Capasso, RN, as interim president for the next two to six months while the hospital searches for a permanent leader. She replaces outgoing Interim CEO Kevin Fusco.


Northwestern Medicine names Jay Anderson as president of two hospitals
Northwestern Medicine (Chicago, IL) named Jay Anderson president of Kishwaukee Hospital (DeKalb, IL) and Valley West Hospital (Sandwich, IL). Most recently, Anderson worked as SVP of quality, analytics, and performance for Northwestern Medicine. Anderson succeeds Kevin Poorten, who is taking on the role of Northwestern Medicine’s west region president, overseeing four hospitals.


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center names Ben Melson as CFO
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) named Ben Melson as SVP and CFO, effective May 15. Melson previously served as MD Anderson’s CFO and is returning after spending 12 years in a similar role at Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX).



University of Kansas Health System and Ardent Health Services to form joint venture to acquire St. Francis Health

University of Kansas Health System (Kansas City, KS) and Ardent Health Services (Nashville, TN) plan to form a joint venture company to acquire 378-bed St. Francis Health (Topeka, KS). St. Francis Health was facing closure after Denver-based SCL Health announced in April it would cease operating the hospital this summer, regardless of whether another owner or operator was found. The joint venture company formed by Ardent and KU Health will infuse $50 million into St. Francis in the first year. The company will establish a local board of trustees for the hospital, and Ardent and KU Health will have equal representation on the joint venture board of directors. KU Health and Ardent will immediately begin working with SCL to finalize the deal, with the goal of completing the transaction within two months of signing the letter of intent.


Provista names new CEO
Provista (Irving, TX) named Jim Cunniff as the company’s new president and CEO effective May 1. Cunniff most recently worked as the president and CEO of a compounding pharmacy in California. He succeeds Dan Thomas, who retired after being in the president and CEO position since 2011.


HCA Holdings to rebrand as HCA Healthcare
HCA Holdings (Nashville, TN) will rebrand itself as HCA Healthcare, effective May 8. The company will continue to trade under the ticker symbol HCA after the change takes effect. Regarding the change, HCA CEO Milton Johnson said, “Our new name is more reflective of our mission and the broad spectrum of care we provide to our communities and the dedication of our caregivers to our patients in our vast network of inpatient and outpatient facilities across our 42 U.S. markets and the U.K.”


Oswego Health names Michael Harlovic as president and CEO
Oswego Health (Oswego, NY) named Michael Harlovic as its new president and CEO effective July 3. Harlovic previously worked as president and CEO of Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA). Harlovic succeeds Chuck Gijanto, who declined the board’s offer to extend his contract due to personal reasons.