“Mauro Ferrari, president of the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute, recently returned from Italy, where he served on a new council of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Academy for Life, which focuses on issues of bioethics and Catholic moral theology. Tapped for a five-year appointment in the fall, Ferrari brings expertise in nanotechnology, the study and application of the ultra-small, things larger than atoms and molecules, but smaller than a bread crumb. He spoke with the Houston Chronicle about the academy, how his faith shaped his world view and the ethical concerns posed by nanotechnology.” To read the entire interview, visit the Houston Chronicle here.
“SSM Health has announced the completed acquisition of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes’ healthcare ministries, which include Agnesian HealthCare, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and Monroe Clinic, based in Monroe, Wisconsin,” Healthcare Finance News reports. “Agnesian HealthCare, Monroe Clinic and their affiliates will adopt the SSM Health brand, while still honoring their legacy names. That transition is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Monroe Clinic is a 58-bed hospital that also has 12 other clinics, a home care and hospice agency as well as retail and urgent care clinics. Agnesian includes the 175-bed St. Agnes Hospital, Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital, both of which have 25 beds.”
“Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health, said continued healthcare policy discussions in Washington, D.C., will lead providers to become more proactive about mitigating care costs for patients and their communities,” according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Four things that Dr. Hochman expects to see in 2018 include health providers pushing to preserve Medicaid and Medicare, new revenue streams in the form of digital innovation, technology and the development of personalized medicine to better engage patients, and healthcare organizations increasingly engaging in nontraditional partnerships.”
“Baptist Health Richmond has named an interim president to serve after current hospital president Todd Jones steps down Jan. 26,” reports the Richmond Register. “Jones accepted a position as vice president of ambulatory experience and operations with BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Fla. Baptist Health’s vice president of ambulatory services, Greg Gerard, will serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is found, according to a press release from Baptist Health. Gerard, who has served in his current role at Baptist Health since 2015 and previously served as president of both Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea with KentuckyOneHealth, will continue his duties in ambulatory services in addition to serving as president.”
“Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of San Antonio-based Methodist Healthcare System, is retiring,” according to Becker’s Hospital Review. “Mr. Wesolowski has led the nine-facility system since 2007. He spearheaded numerous deals during his tenure, including the acquisition of South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton, Texas, last year. Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare, he was CEO of Riverside (Calif.) Community Hospital. Mr. Wesolowski will remain in his position until the health system selects his successor.”