Cogent HMG has announced its new executive team and outside directors following the merger of Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalists Management Group (HMG). Gene Fleming, formerly president and CEO of Cogent Healthcare, will serve as executive chairman, assisting CEO Stephen Houff, MD, founder and CEO of Hospitalists Management Group. Ron Greeno, MD, a founder of Cogent Healthcare, will serve as chief medical officer of Cogent HMG and will steer the consulting business and serve as an advisor to the board. Antoine Agassi will serve as president and oversee day-to-day business operations. Linda Ellis will serve as COO, directing all regional and site operations.
Other key executives: Rusty Holman, MD, chief clinical officer; Susan Brownie, chief financial officer; Doug Mefford, chief legal officer; Anna-Gene O’Neal, senior vice president of quality; and Cheryl Slack, senior vice president of human resources. In addition to Fleming and Houff, Cogent HMG board members include Gary Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing; Mike Leavitt, founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Mark Neaman, president and CEO of NorthShore University HealthSystem.
The St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation in St. Petersburg, Fla., has announced five new members of its board of directors: Emery Ellinger, CEO of the brokerage firm Aberdeen Advisors; Vitalis Unaeze, MD; Brian McNulty of USI Insurance Services; Angela Rouson, a St. Petersburg resident with a history of community service; and Dan Masi of Bright House Networks, a telecommunications company. Karim Godamunne, MD, has been promoted from medical director to vice president of clinical systems integration at Eagle Hospital Physicians in Atlanta.
Dr. Godamunne won primary stroke center designation within eight months of adding a teleneurology program to an existing Eagle hospitalist program at South Fulton Medical Center in East Point, Ga. Caitlin B. Foxley, MD, has been elected hospital medicine service chief for the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Foxley is a member of Team Hospitalist.
Cynthia Roldan, MD, director of Westminster, Md.-based Carroll Hospital Center’s pediatric hospitalist program, has been selected as the hospital’s June Physician of the Month. A physician affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center for four years, Roldan was nominated for exceptional patient care and education of new and expecting mothers.
Dixon, Ill.-based Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital has announced that hospitalist Tim Appenheimer, MD, has been promoted to vice president and CMO. The move is meant to address the growing focus on improving quality and patient safety across the country.