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By Matt Skoufalos

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston, Texas has named Hannah Gelbs its COO. Gelbs was promoted from associate administrator at West Houston Medical Center; both are part of the HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division.
She has a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hannah Gelbs

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division of Houston, Texas has named Eric Evans the CEO of Tomball Regional Medical Center, replacing interim CEO Brett Kinman, who will remain as its COO. Evans was previously the CEO of East Houston Regional Medical Center, and has been with HCA Healthcare for 22 years. He has a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Texas.

Eric Evans

Meritech of Golden, Colorado promoted Michele Colbert to president of the company and Alison Smith to vice president of sales. Colbert has more than 25 years of experience in hygiene and sanitation. Smith, who joined Meritech three years ago as a sales manager, previously worked in sales and leadership roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific and Chata Biosystems.

Alison Smith and Michele Colbert

CHAP of Washington, D.C, has named Barbara McCann its President-CEO, a title she has held on an interim basis since July 2017. McCann previously had been CHAP’s chief clinical officer and was its chief industry officer in Washington, D.C. She
began her career as a medical social worker and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Barbara McCann

BioHealth Innovation of Rockville, Maryland added board members Ashish K. Kulkarni, EVP and CTO of life-sciences supplier Avantor; Anne S. Lindblad, President-CEO of The Emmes Corporation, a clinical trials company; and Kurt Newman, President-CEO of Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Arthur A. Sponseller, President and CEO of the Sacramento, California-based Hospital Council of Northern and Central California will retire from his post at the end of 2018. Sponseller has been president-CEO of the organization since 2005. Prior to joining the council, he was COO of the California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (CAHHS) and the California Hospital Association (CHA). Sponseller holds a law degree from Michigan State University and is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
The American Cancer Society has elected seven new members to its board of directors: Joseph A. Agresta, Jr., president of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corporation; Bruce N. Barron of Origin Ventures; Edward J. Benz, Jr., President-CEO emeritus of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Nancy L. Birdwell, former EVP and CEO of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation; Jennifer R. Crozier, President of the IBM Foundation and VP of IBM Corporate Citizenship; Michael T. Marquardt, CEO of Global Kompass Strategies, Inc.; and Gary S. Shedlin, senior managing director and CFO of BlackRock.
Eli Lilly and Company of Indianapolis, Indiana named Kimberly Blackwell vice president of early phase development and immuno-oncology of Lilly Oncology March 12, 2018. Blackwell is currently professor of medicine and assistant professor of radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center, co-directs the Duke women’s cancer program, is the associate director for strategic relations for the Duke Cancer Institute, a research scholar for Susan G. Komen, and senior strategist for the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
Millennium Health of San Diego, California named Robert H. Fish its interim CEO, replacing Jennifer Strickland. Strickland will depart the company but retain her position on its board of directors. Fish chairs Genesis Healthcare Inc.
NuVasive Inc. of San Diego, California has hired Michael Piccirillo to launch its Clinical Professional Development global platform for surgeons. Piccirillo was most recently managing partner at VALUGEN GmbH in Zurich, and has been the executive director at AOSpine and AOTrauma, the spine and trauma divisions of the AO Foundation.
AlloSource of Centennial, Colorado named Raime Leeby Muhle its CFO. Leeby Muhle takes over for Olivia Thompson, who is transitioning into retirement.
Prior to AlloSource, Leeby Muhle served in key leadership positions at Arrow Electronics and Level 3 Communications.
iotaMotion Inc., of Iowa City, Iowa formed a Scientific Advisory Board with the appointments of cochlear implant surgeons Craig A. Buchman and J. Thomas Roland Jr. Buchman is the Lindburg Professor and Head of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Roland chairs the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.
MedOptions of Old Lyme, Connecticut, named Thomas McInerney its CEO. McInerney, who joined MedOptions in May 2017 as its president and COO, succeeds Ed Mercadante, who will become executive chairman of its board of directors. Prior to joining MedOptions, McInerney was COO, CEO, board director and senior advisor at Employer Direct Healthcare LLC. He holds an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Epix Anesthesia of Atlanta, Georgia, has named Matthew Baker its COO. Baker has more than 25 years of experience in clinical outsourcing; most recently, he was division president for SpecialtyCare’s surgical services division, and held leadership roles at Cardinal Health Inc. and CompleteRx in Houston.
Empiric Health of Salt Lake City, Utah named Becca LaFond its chief service officer. LaFond was most recently managing director and national practice lead for clinical operations performance improvement at Accenture, and has been managing director at Huron Healthcare.
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