People on the Move – June 26, 2017

By Matt Skoufalos

Technical Prospects of Appleton, Wisconsin has added former Siemens Field Service Engineer Chris Watson. Watson has more than a decade of expertise in preventative maintenance, repair guidance and equipment calibration in all Siemens imaging modalities.

Pat Pyers has been named sales and marketing manager at CIRS Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia. Pyers has spent 25 years in diagnostic and radiation therapy, and will work from Connecticut.

Halyard Health has named Joseph F. Woody the successor to retiring CEO Robert Abernathy. Abernathy will continue as chairman of its board of directors, to which Woody will also be added. Woody has spent his career in the medical technology business, most recently as President-CEO of Acelity.

Miami Children's Health System of Miami, Florida, has added neonatologist Saima Aftab as medical director of the fetal care center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Aftab also serves as PSA chief for the section of neonatology and perinatal medicine. Prior to joining the health system, she was director of education in the department of pediatric newborn medicine and assistant director of the STRATUS center for medical simulation at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Aftab has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Saima Aftab

Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, California has named Linda Knodel its chief nurse executive and senior vice president of national patient care services. Knodel is a past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and joins the organization from Mercy Health System, where she was senior vice president and chief nursing officer.

CareRise of New Orleans, Louisiana has named Terry Sullivan its chief medical officer (CMO). Sullivan has spent 30 years in health care and was most recently CMIO for OnPointe; his career also includes a stint as CMO of COMS Interactive, vice president of medical affairs for Golden Living Centers, and regional vice president and CMO for Humana Senior Products. Sullivan is a former chairman of the Colorado Board of Health.

Terry Sullivan

Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP) founder and president-CEO Sean Tunis has been named president of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) of Baltimore, Maryland. Tunis has been HTAi vice president for the past two years, and serves on a number of advisory boards as well. He was recently director of the office of clinical standards and quality and chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and has been director of the health program of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Sean Tunis

Care Synergy of Denver, Colorado has named Tricia Ford its first vice president of operations. Ford will oversee strategic planning, direction and management of patient care-related shared services, group purchasing, and group contracting for Care Synergy and its four affiliate organizations: The Denver Hospice, Halcyon Hospice, Pathways, and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care. She began her career with Vitas Healthcare in Texas, progressing to assume leadership roles with Odyssey Health Care, Geri-Net and its Hospice Touch subsidiary, UnitedHealth Group's Optum Hospice and Palliative Care, and New Century Hospice.

DaVita subsidiary Lifeline Vascular Access of Denver, Colorado, has named David L. Mahoney its CMO. A nephrologist of 24 years, Mahoney was a group medical director for DaVita Kidney Care, and has been the medical director of a Lifeline-managed facility in Northern Virginia.

David L. Mahoney

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care of Morristown, New Jersey has named Missak Haigentz its chief of hematology and oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of Atlantic Hematology and Oncology for Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. Haigentz was most recently director of the clinical trials office at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center in New York City.

Missak Haigentz

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