Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Taps New CEO

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Fl., part of the Adventist Health System, has named Robert Deininger as its new CEO, effective Jan. 11, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Deininger is the third-highest ranking executive at Florida Hospital Orlando, and prior to joining Florida Hospital spent 13 years as a commercial airline pilot. He replaces Ed Noseworthy, recently named CEO of Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Fish Memorial is the area’s third-largest hospital, with 175 beds.

Hospital Well-Prepared for Surge That Never Happened After Mass Shooting

Loma Linda University Medical Center sprung into action after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Dec. 2, making preparations to take in up to 50 patients if necessary. At the time, staff was uncertain of the scope of the tragic event, which occurred just three miles from Loma Linda. Kathleen Clem, M.D., the medical center’s emergency medicine department chair, gathered all on-call ED physicians and stationed trauma teams at the front entrance, but thankfully, there was no surge to manage. The medical center is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the five-county region, Hospitals and Health Networks Reports.

Maryland Health Care Commission Approves New Washington Adventist Hospital

Adventist Healthcare’s Washington Adventist Hospital has been approved by the Maryland Health Care Commission to develop a replacement hospital in the White Oak section of Maryland’s Montgomery County, part of the hospital’s plan to expand access to care in the region. According to the Adventist HealthCare site, the new 170-bed facility will include large, all-private patient rooms, patient care areas designed to improve clinical efficiency, ample space for outpatient services and physician offices, and on-campus parking. The White Oak facilities will be in addition to its current Takoma Park campus.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Names New CEO

Belleville, Mo.’s St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has appointed Peggy Sebastian as its new CEO, effective Jan. 18. With more than 35 years of experience in health care administration, Sebastian most recently served as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s, part of the Hospital Sisters Health System with St. Elizabeth’s, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. The new CEO will oversee the 303-bed acute care hospital’s ongoing work on its new $253 million replacement hospital and ambulatory care center, currently under construction in O’Fallon, Illinois. Prior to joining HSHS, Sebastian led her own health care consulting company specializing in new facility construction and operational planning.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Missions Work Gets $1 Million Gift

Adventist hospital Shawnee Mission Medical Center has begun its journey into the world of international medical missions thanks to a donation of $1 million from the family of Douglas Cusick, a plastic surgeon based in Leawood, Kan. who has been on more than 40 medical missions himself around the world. The endowment will fund supplies, equipment and travel for Shawnee MMC’s nurses, doctors and other employees to aid people in underserved areas. The first trip funded by the donation will be to Peru’s Amazon River basin in the fall of 2016, and the Cusicks intend to continue working there indefinitely, writes the Kansas City Star.

Catholic Health Initiatives’ Growth Delivers Gains in Q1

In contrast to its earnings this time last year, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) reported an operating surplus ending its first quarter thanks to expansion and patient demand, but low investment return still left the organization with a net loss. Modern Healthcare reports that CHI experienced an 11 percent increase in revenue from treating patients in the three months preceding Sept. 30 compared to the previous year. The organization’s recent acquisitions have stretched CHI’s finances but bolstered overall growth, having taken over six-hospital Sylvania Franciscan Health in Nov. 2014 and St. Alexius Medical Center in Oct. 2014. CHI’s growing insurance branch brought in nearly 50 percent more revenue over the same period a year ago, but it still only accounts for approximately 3 percent of total operating revenue.

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