July 10, 1998

Changes in institution leadership announced

Changes in institution leadership announced

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Marsh Casey

Several changes to the leadership structure of Vanderbilt University Medical Center were recently announced.

oMarsha N. Casey has assumed the position of executive director and chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital. Casey had been senior vice president and chief operating officer of the hospital since her arrival at VUMC in the fall of 1996.

In her new role, Casey will be responsible for all aspects of the hospital's operation and financial performance. She will also join the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Council as a member of that medical center leadership group.

"I am excited for the hospital and Marsha," said Norman B. Urmy, executive vice president for Clinical Affairs. "She's been a real asset for VUMC since joining us, and deserved this promotion."

Casey came to Vanderbilt from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, a full-service teaching institution in the Texas Medical Center. She received a Master of Arts in Allied Health degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, in Tyler, Texas, in 1986.

o Beverley Coccia, director of Operational Planning, has been named to lead and oversee the medical center's clinical service contracting efforts. The Department of Sales, Customer Relations and Contracting will report to her. In this role, she will work directly with, and be accountable to, the Vanderbilt Medical Group and VUH for developing and executing contracting strategies for the patient care centers, including negotiation of payor contracts. Coccia will also maintain her current responsibilities.

o James E. Word, Janet Meeks and Dr. William Bates have been named to lead, in coordination with the patient care centers, VUMC's efforts to develop strategic partnerships with regional physicians and hospitals.

Word, assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs for Institutional Networking and Business Development, will head up initiatives to develop clinical and strategic partnerships with regional hospitals. He also is responsible for the Physician Liaison Program and will serve on the board of the Vanderbilt Community Network.

Meeks, president of Vanderbilt Integrated Providers, will lead efforts to create partnerships with physician groups in Middle Tennessee. At the same time, she will continue her responsibilities with Vanderbilt Integrated Providers, VUMC's subsidiary through which physician partnerships are created, Corporate Health and the Department of Managed Care Services.

Bates, a newcomer to VUMC, will be joining the network development team. Most recently, Bates was executive vice president of Principal Care Inc., a Nashvile-based physicians practice management company. Prior to that, he held several positions, including dean of the Medical University of South Carolina, vice president of the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System and chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee.