Grant Wicklund has joined MedCath (Charlotte, North Carolina) as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. Wicklund, who will be responsible for human resources, managed care, materials management/purchasing, administration and MedCath's Cardiology Consulting & Management division, previously was with Tenet Healthcare. MedCath develops, owns and operates hospitals focused on cardiovascular care in partnership with local physicians, most of whom are cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.

Medtronic (Minneapolis, Minnesota) has appointed William Hawkins president and chief operating officer. Hawkins joined the company in January 2002 as senior vice president and president of Medtronic's vascular business and currently serves as a member of the company's executive committee. Scott Ward was named to replace Hawkins as president of the company's vascular business, and Steve Mahle was promoted to executive vice president. Ward previously was responsible for Medtronic's neurological and diabetes businesses, and Mahle continues to be responsible for Medtronic's cardiac rhythm management business.

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