December 15, 2010

Dr. Mark Pescovitz, a surgeon and researcher for 22 years at the Indiana University School of Medicine, died Sunday in a car accident outside Ann Arbor, Mich. Pescovitz was on his way home to Indianapolis after visiting his wife, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, who is CEO of the University of Michigan Health System. Ora Pescovitz was the CEO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and the head of research at the IU medical school before taking the job at Michigan in May 2009. A funeral for Mark Pescovitz will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.

Dr. Stephanie Wagner has been hired by Clarian Health and the IU School of Medicine as medical director of the neuro-oncology program at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. A Brownsburg native, Wagner most recently was director of the neuro-oncology program at Norton Healthcare in Louisville. Wagner earned her medical degree from Ross University in North Brunswick, N.J., and received her nursing degree from DePauw University in Greencastle.

Blake A. Dye has been named president of the St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana.  Dye will start Jan. 17, replacing John Stewart, who now serves a president of the newly formed St. Vincent Medical Group. Dye has been CEO for 11 years of Henry County Hospital in New Castle.

Indianapolis-based Orbis Education, which creates nurse training programs, has hired Norm Allgood as senior vice president of operations and Clay Gillespie as chief marketing officer. Allgood worked for nine years at the Institute for Professional Development, a subsidiary of Arizona-based for-profit educator Apollo Group. Gillespie comes to Orbis from Career Education Corp., a for-profit educator based in the Chicago area.