August 18, 2014

Community Health Network hired Joe Kessler as its chief financial officer, replacing Tom Fischer, who left in December. Kessler previously worked as CFO at the Kaleida Health hospital system in Buffalo, New York, and before that at TriHealth in Cincinnati and at the Ernst & Young accounting firm. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University.

Dixie Platt has been named vice president of marketing and communications at Community Health Network, starting Sept. 2. Most recently, Platt was senior vice president of communications, public policy and external relations at St. Louis-based hospital system SSM Healthcare. Platt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.