Kansas City’s St. Luke Health System has named Bobby Olm-Shipman the new CEO for its Overland Park hospital, bringing up the former vice president of planning and project management for the new role, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. Olm-Shipman will begin as CEO Sept. 8, 2015 and succeeds Jani Johnson, who is now the CEO of St. Luke’s flagship hospital. He has been with the health system for nearly 13 years, including positions in which he worked directly with physicians studying quality management and overseeing operations and projects. Olm-Shipman has a personal affinity for the facility, as four of his five children were born at the Overland Park hospital.
Dr. Alveda King writes in an opinion piece for Fox News that the dire state of healthcare in Georgia is becoming increasingly worse, and one of the government programs that seemed to be helping is on the chopping block. The program, titled 340B, was originally signed in by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 and aims to assist critical access hospitals in poor urban and rural areas by requiring pharmaceutical companies to sell their outpatient drugs to safety-net hospitals at discounted prices. In return, the companies would be eligible to participate in Federal Medicaid programs, allowing them access to millions of guaranteed customers. Congress is considering cutting the number of providers eligible to receive the benefits, but King argues that it is important to keep the program in place as-is to serve the underserved in healthcare.
Ohio’s largest health system, Mercy Health, announced it has expanded its partnership with Premier, a healthcare improvement company, to focus on the advancement of its population health management, specifically for chronically-ill patients. Due to its supply chain, business intelligence and performance improvement solutions, the health system recently saved more than $117 million. Mercy’s more than 20-year long partnership with Premier is one of Premier’s most extensive strategic partnerships. The health system has also joined Premier’s integrated pharmacy and care management program. Mercy also plans to share data and best practices with other health systems through Premier’s quality improvement and population health collaboratives, according to Healthcare Dive.
New England’s last remaining Seventh-day Adventist hospital has been sold, as Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine has been sold to Mid Coast Health. The new health care organization will be named Mid Coast-Parkview health, merging the 55-bed Adventist hospital with Mid Coast. The system will operate Mid Coast as an inpatient facility with 92 beds and an emergency department, while the Parkview campus will serve as a community wellness center and outpatient facility with an ongoing faith-based component, Adventist Today reports. Parkview’s 190 employees have been asked to stay in their positions with the hospital, and Randee Reynolds, president of Parkview, has been hired as the vice president for community health and integration of services.
Kettering Physician Network has added one of neuro-oncology’s brightest minds to its team with Herbert Newton, M.D., a leading expert in brain cancer. He primarily focuses on diagnoses and treatment of adult and adolescent patients with brain or spinal cord tumors as well as neurologic complications of brain tumors, specifically epilepsy, Kettering reports. He is the first neuro-oncologist in the Kettering Physician Network and will be a key player in developing its comprehensive Neuro-Oncology program. Newton has been recognized with several distinct honors, including Best Doctor in America (2000-2015), Best Doctor Neurologist Top 1%, Columbus Top Doctor (2000-2015) and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (2005-2015).
Presence Health announced it has named Michael Englehart, president of Advocate Physician Partners, as its new CEO, according to Chicago Business. Englehart will be taking over from Sandra Bruce, who is retiring after leading Presence, now the largest Catholic Health System in Illinois, since its formation in 2011 as a result of the merger of Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health. Englehart, who has served as president of Advocate Physician Partners since 2013, will begin his new role Oct. 1, 2015. Prior to the physician’s group, he was president of Advocate South Suburban Hospital and held several leadership roles at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Presence is one of the largest health systems in Illinois, generating $2.7 billion in revenue last year across 11 hospitals.