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St. Anthony's hires executive director

Barbara A. Donaho recently was named president and executive director of St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Anthony's Health Care Center, St. Petersburg. Donaho joined St. Anthony's Hospital in November 1990 as senior vice president of Patient Care Services. Donaho replaces Daniel T. McMurray, who resigned as chief administrator last month. She has more than 30 years executive management experience and most recently was at Shands Hospital and the University of Florida, Gainesville. From 1981 to 1986, she served as vice president for professional services, insurance and risk management and corporate director of nursing at Sisters of Mercy Health Corp. in Michigan.

Donaho also recently was honored by Johns Hopkins University as distinguished alumna of the year. Selected from among six candidates, the award is to recognize alumni for their contributions to the fields of science, engineering, medicine and the arts.

In 1988, Donaho was the recipient of the prestigious Trustees Award presented by the American Hospital Association to recognize her contributions to the improvement of health care in the United States. She was also the first nursing administrator to be appointed to the 25-member Board of Trustees of AHA, and she served as a commissioner on the joint commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations from 1979 to 1987.

Her memberships on health care policy boards include the Ohio Health Department Advisory Council, the Metropolitan Health Board of St. Paul-Minneapolis, the Advisory Commission to the Commission on Higher Education of Connecticut, and the Institute on Health, Manpower, Manpower Resources for Connecticut.

Donaho is program director of a $26.8-million grant financed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts to strengthen hospital nursing and improve patient care.


David Siemens, vice president and associate creative director for Rush Studios, St. Petersburg, has been appointed partner at Rush Studios, St. Petersburg, a full-service advertising, marketing and design firm. Prior to the appointment, Siemens was a copy chief with Cedar Hames and Associates and associate creative director for the Clarke Group, both of St. Petersburg.


Reyco Construction Co., Tampa, recently announced the following promotions:

W. Edwin Palmer has been appointed vice president of administration. Prior to joining Reyco, Palmer was president of CPS Electronics.

Lawrence E. Eckley has been appointed senior project manager. Prior to joining Reyco, Eckley was executive vice president of Kee Construction Management Inc. and president of Larry Eckley Electric Inc., an electrical construction firm.

Sharon K. Lambert has been appointed controller. Prior to the appointment, Lambert was assistant controller. She also served as export sales manager and accounting supervisor for 18 years at Kimray Inc.


James Joseph Lawler has been designated recipient of the American Society of Safety Engineers' National Fellow Honor.

Lawler's election by the Professional Safety Organization's Board of Directors is for 40 years of contributions to the advancement of the safety profession and ASSE.

Lawler has been a semi-retired, self-employed safety consultant since 1971. He served as director of safety for St.Petersburg from 1965 through 1971. He has held safety supervision positions since 1933, with more than 19 years service for Sylvania Electric Products in Pennsylvania and New York and eight years as loss prevention manager and safety consultant for GTE Corp.


Jim Barr has been named production manager for Westlake Mortgage Corp., Seminole. Barr is former branch manager for Real Star Financial Corp., Largo.


Eugene R. D'Amore has been appointed vice president for information services and chief information officer for St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. Previously, D'Amore was vice president of corporate services for Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital Inc., Binghamton, N.Y.

Randee Lehrer-Wright has been appointed administrative director of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Previously, Lehrer-Wright was director of management consulting services for Tampa Bay Associates.

Robin Kocher has been named community relations coordinator for Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Hudson. Kocher was an advertising representative for the Tampa Tribune and promotions coordinator for Developers Diversified.


Debra Kent-Faulk has been appointed marketing director for Old Hyde Park Village. Prior to joining Old Hyde Park Village, Kent-Faulk was employed by JMB Properties Co., a nationwide retail management and development firm. She was assistant manager of Broward Mall, Plantation. Previously, she was a communications specialist for Glendale Federal Bank and worked as an account executive for Azen and Associates, both in Fort Lauderdale.

Eric L. Bachnik has been promoted to production and marketing manager for L&S Bait Co., Largo. Bachnik joined the company in January after graduating from University of South Florida.


Henry Sanchez Jr. has become a partner at the new Tampa office of Page and Bacek law firm, 5201 W Kennedy Blvd., Suite 250. The firm is based in Atlanta. Prior to joining the firm, he was with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as Rudnick and Wolfe and Butler, Burnette and Pappas, Tampa.


Paul C. Reilly has been appointed national director of the KPMG Peat Marwick Real Estate and Hospitality Consulting Group, Tampa. Reilly has been a partner at the firm since 1987. He serves as president of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and is on the advisory board of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, and the board of St. Petersburg Progress.


Charlie Slaight has been appointed national sales manager for Tampa Bay Interconnect. Slaight previously was employed in national sales by Greater Rochester Cablevision, Rochester, N.Y.


Ruth-Ellen H. Simmonds has joined GTE Information Services in Tampa as vice president and general manager, marketing. Simmonds was president of Panel Publishers Inc., a subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S. Corp., a Netherlands-based company. Previously, she served as program director/business development of Aspen Systems Corp., a Wolters Kluwer subsidiary, and several other positions, including project manager/information technology for American Can Co.

Roland Hurney has been named north county chief technician for Vision Cable of Pinellas Inc. Prior to joining Vision Cable, Hurney was plant manager for Bermuda Cablevision Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda.

News of appointments and awards may be sent to Piper Jones, Business News Department, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731. Photos may be sent, but not all will be used, and they cannot be returned.