Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has announced its new vice president and chief nursing officer, Nancy Keenan, RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC. In this role, she will be responsible for furthering the nursing and clinical practice, leading the hospital as it seeks Magnet redesignation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and serving as the facility’s business practices officer. Most recently, Keenan served as the vice president and chief executive for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, and she served as a nursing leader at Houston Methodist earlier in her career, according to the Spring Observer.
Catholic Health Initiatives’ (CHI) St. Luke’s Health, one of the Houston, Texas area’s largest health systems with 1390 local beds, has acquired Brazosport Regional Health System, effective Feb. 1, 2016. The current BRHS president and CEO, Al Guevara Jr., will continue to lead the hospital itself, and CHI plans to maintain the facility’s central health care services and charity care initiatives. Moving from a single community hospital to a regional/national health care system, BRHS will also benefit from CHI St. Luke’s partnerships with the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Springfield, Mo.’s Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital has named Bruce Eady as its new CEO. He most recently served as an associate administrator of capacity management at Saint Louis University Hospital, overseeing care coordination, patient acceptance and placement, and patient throughput. He holds 30 years of experience in leadership roles in critical care as well as rehab settings, but started his career as a critical care/trauma nurse. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Mercy recently opened a permanent Emergency Medical Services station in Willard, Mo., significantly cutting down response times in emergency situations for the northwest part of Greene County.
California’s Mercy Medical Center was ruled not in violation of sex discrimination for denying a woman’s request for tubal ligation, a sterilization procedure, according to CBS news. Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith in San Francisco said the patient, Rebecca Chamorrow, could get the procedure at another hospital, stating that this policy also applies to men. This decision is significant amid clashing between religious healthcare organizations and the Affordable Care Act, which requires contraceptive coverage.
Buffalo, N.Y.’s Kenmore Mercy Hospital was recently bequeathed a sizable donation from the late John M. Repetski, a former patient and friend of the hospital. The unprecedented $2.3 million donation is the largest in its 65-year history. Repetski was a regular donor of more modest amounts over the years, having grown to appreciate the staff and facility, despite only having experienced a handful of minor outpatient visits. He met regularly with the hospital’s annual fund director and executive director after they reached out to him to thank him for donating, which turned into a solid friendship with them and many other staff members, who kept him abreast of goings-on at the hospital. The generous patient passed away Jan. 12, 2015 at 86, the Buffalo News reports.