The board for the Acute Long Term Hospital Association (ALTHA; Plano, Texas) has named Phillip Douglas as board president of the organization. Douglas, a director of ALTHA, also serves as president of LifeCare Management Services. Prior to joining LifeCare in 2006, Douglas co-founded HealthSpring. ALTHA's primary mission is to protect patient access to the unique care its hospitals provide.

BrainScope (Washington) said that Gail Wilensky, PhD, has joined its board. Wilensky currently serves as a senior fellow at Project HOPE, and previously was president of the defense health board, a federal advisory board to the Secretary of Defense, from 2008-2009. BrainScope makes non-invasive instruments to aid medical professionals in assessing brain function at the initial point of care.

• Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio) has named Mark Blake as executive VP of strategy and corporate development. Previously, Blake was VP of business development at Medco Health Solutions. Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient.

Piper Jaffray (New York) has named Ian Somaiya as senior research analyst covering biotechnology companies. Somaiya will join the firm in January of 2010 following a garden leave with Thomas Weisel Partners Group, where he is currently a lead biotechnology analyst. Piper Jaffray is an international middle market investment bank and institutional securities firm.

Arie Belldegrun, MD, was named to the board of US HIFU (Charlotte, North Carolina). Belldegrun is director of the Institute of Urologic Oncology, professor of urology and chief of urologic oncology and holds the Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in urologic oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. US HIFU makes minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound technology.