September 27, 1996

New chief operating officer brings experience to VUH

New chief operating officer brings experience to VUH

Marsha Nangle Casey has been named chief operating officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Casey, who succeeds Judy L. Spinella, R.N., will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of VUH.

Casey comes to Vanderbilt from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, a full-service teaching, institution in the Texas Medical Center. As Senior Vice President, Professional and Clinical Services, her responsibilities included the operating budgets of the Cardiovascular, Renal, Transplant, Food, Mail & Messenger, Security, Research, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Printing services and of the Texas Heart Institute, totaling more than $220 million of the hospital's total revenues of $350 million.

"Marsha comes to us with a great deal of experience at a very successful organization," said Norman B. Urmy, executive director of VUH. "She has proved to be a very adept administrator in her previous positions, and she is leaving an institution that has reorganized into service lines, much as Vanderbilt is in the process of doing."

Casey received a Master of Arts in Allied Health degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, in Tyler, Texas, in 1986.

Her clinical experience will be a plus in overseeing the daily operations of the hospital, Urmy said.

"Her greatest strength has been her success in working with physicians in implementing change and getting things done," he said.

Among Casey's accomplishments at St. Luke's were:

€ the implementation of a new strategic affiliation with the Texas Heart Institute, including the joint effort to develop and implement the Medicare bypass demonstration project;

€ the development of initiatives across all major service lines which resulted in more than $3 million in savings during the most recent fiscal year; and

€ the design and implementation of a five-year strategic business and marketing plan that increased the number of inpatients compared with previous years by more than 12 percent.