People on the Move – June 30, 2017

By Matt Skoufalos

West Health of Diego, California has named Bill Earley its chief administration officer and general counsel, effective August 1. Earley spent the past three years as regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, was a 24-year partner and attorney for Dentons (formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps), and operated his own law and management consulting firm, The Earley Group. He has a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, and was awarded a 1985 U.S. Congressional Gold Medal Award for exemplary community service.

Bill Earley

Bill Earley

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center of Lemont, Illinois, named Colleen Kula Hopkins its new CEO. Kula Hopkins has been with the organization since its inception in 2006. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

CAQH of Washington, D.C. has named Cynthia West managing director of business development and account management. West was most recently VP of sales and marketing at Thomson Reuters, and has worked in sales and service roles atMedsolutions, Interland, and Ameritech. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) of Washington, D.C. has named Board Chairwoman Barbara McCann as interim President-CEO to replace the resigning Karen Collishaw. McCann, who has served on the CHAP board since 2013, will leave her position with Interim HealthCare Inc., where she spent 20 years in executive leadership.

Merlin International of Vienna, Virginia added Brian Wells as its director of healthcare strategy. Wells has spent 35 years working in hospital, physician, academic medical center, and payer information systems. He was most recently associate vice president of health technology and academic computing for the University of Pennsylvania Health System/Perelman School of Medicine. He is the founder and CTO of InteHealth Inc. and is a HIMSS Fellow.

Bill Earley

Brian Wells

Adventist University of Health Sciences of Orlando, Florida will promote provost Edwin Hernández to president upon the retirement of ADU founding president David Greenlaw on July 31.

Bill Earley

Edwin Hernández

Dennis W. Pullin has been named president and CEO of the Virtua health care system of Marlton, New Jersey. Pullin will succeed Virtua’s 22-year president, Richard P. Miller, in fall 2017. He was most recently president of Medstar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and SVP of the MedStar Health nonprofit, community-based health system. Miller has been Virtua president-CEO since its formation in 1997.

Bill Earley

Dennis W. Pullin

Geisinger of Danville, Pennsylvania has named Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy as EVP, chief innovation officer, and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation. Murphy was director of the state innovation models initiative, has been president-CEO of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and founder and CEO of Physicians Health Alliance Inc.

Bill Earley

Karen Murphy

Dragonfly Therapeutics Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts has named Nicolai Wagtmann its chief scientific officer. Wagtmann will help the company develop and market cell-based immunotherapies. Wagtmann has worked at the Center for Immunology in France and at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, and holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Copenhagen.

Bill Earley

Nicolai Wagtmann

MedeAnalytics of Emeryville, California has named Paul Kaiser its CEO. Kaiser was most recently president of TriZetto Provider Solutions, and has been director of sales for Cerner Corporation's managed services portfolio. Kaiser replaces outgoing CEO Andrew Hurd, who oversaw the sale of a majority stake in the company to private equity investors Thoma Bravo in 2015.

BETA Healthcare Group of Alamo, California has added William Scribner as vice president of business intelligence. Scribner was most recently director of information technology for the ALPHA Fund, which merged with BETA earlier in 2017. Prior to that, he was a consultant with Sierra Data Systems Inc. for 10 years.