People on the Move – March 20, 2017

By Matt Skoufalos

LifeCare Health Partners of Plano, Texas has named Jim Murray its CEO, effective April 1, 2017. Murray joins the company from Humana, where he was COO and CFO. Frank Battafarano, who has been LifeCare’s COO since 2014, has been promoted to president and COO.

The Allen Institute of Seattle, Washington has named Marjorie Thomas, currently Chief Financial Officer at RealNetworks, as its next CFO. Thomas has been with RealNetworks since 2015, and previously held senior financial positions at Intuit, Sony Electronics, and Hewlett Packard. She has been a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Northern California, of HP Globalsoft, and an advisory board member for the Boise State University Accounting Board. Thomas assumes her role May 8, 2017.

Ardent Health of Nashville, Tennessee completed its acquisition of LHP Hospital Group, Inc., making it the second-largest private, for-profit hospital operator in America. Former LHP Interim CEO Paul Kappelman has been appointed Ardent EVP and COO; he will oversee day-to-day operations of Ardent hospitals, clinics, and business units and their quality, financial operations, and physician recruitment efforts.

The Denver, Colorado-based Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) has named Sue Dunn VP and President-Elect of its board of directors. Dunn is president and CEO of Donor Alliance. Dunn’s one-year VP term begins July 1, 2017, after which she will become president of the board in July 2018. She holds an MBA from Regis University  and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Creighton University.

Michael Madden, Chief Medical Officer of MCO Gateway Health of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will retire in April 2017. Madden will be succeeded by Steven E. Szebenyi, SVP of Healthcare Management and Chief Medical Officer for Health Partners Plans in Philadelphia, PA. Madden will remain with the company as a consultant with Gateway after spending a month helping Szebenyi transition into the new role. Madden has been Gateway’s CMO for a decade.

Brian Brogie

SynCardia Systems of Tucson, Arizona has named Brian Brogie its Vice President of Manufacturing and Facilities. Brogie was Director of Manufacturing for Gilead Sciences, Inc., and will oversee manufacturing of the SynCardia product line. Brogie has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, project management, process improvement, and supplier management at employers like Oso BioPharmaceuticals and BF Goodrich Aerospace.

Cook Medical of West Lafayette, Indiana has promoted Umesh Patel from VP of development and engineering to company president. Patel joined the company in 1995 as operations manager, and holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1988, and a bachelor’s degree, all from Purdue University.

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