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By Matt Skoufalos

AIV Inc. recently promoted Jeff Taltavull to Vice President of Sales and Product Development. Taltavull is responsible for the strategic sales direction and C level management of North American Sales. He is also tasked with increasing AIV’s corporate partnerships and parts development programs. “I look forward to expanding AIV’s position as the industry’s leader in cost-effective solutions,” Taltavull said.
The Virginia Mason Institute of Seattle, Washington, a division of the Virginia Mason Health System, has promoted Kirsten Mecklenburg Turner from director of client services to executive director. Turner succeeds Diane Miller, who was the institute’s first executive director, having assumed the role in 2008. She holds an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern.
Compassus of Brentwood, Tennessee named Kurt Merkelz its SVP and CMO. Merkelz has been medical director of the Compassus program in Houston, Texas since 2010. As the company CMO, Merkelz will lead quality and clinical initiatives across its 150 locations. Merkelz has a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and is triple-board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, family practice, and geriatrics.
Capital BlueCross of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made Susan Hubley its VP of corporate social responsibility. Hubley was most recently the director of community affairs at Highmark Blue Shield in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Hubley has nearly 30 years of community relations experience, and will focus on strengthening outreach, corporate giving and volunteerism, and participation in the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She also serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Capital Region, YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has named Julie Ann Freischlag its new CEO. Freischlag will succeed John D. McConnell on May 1; McConnell has led the center since 2008 and will transition to a new position there. Freischlag will oversee the Wake Forest Baptist academic health system, and will report to the medical center board of directors. She will join Wake Forest from the University of California Davis in Sacramento, California, where she is Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.
Freichslag is a vascular surgeon, member of the National Academy of Medicine, and is the immediate past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation.
Nobl of Lincoln, Nebraska has named Teresa Anderson its new Chief Nursing Officer. Anderson has 35 years of nursing experience, having held positions in performance improvement, quality, advanced practice, academia, and hospital leadership. She More recently, she was an educator and consultant for the ANA Nursing Knowledge Center. Anderson belongs to the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, Nebraska Nurses Association, Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
The nonprofit Sabin Vaccine Institute of Washington, D.C. has named Bruce Gellin its President of Global Immunization. Gellin has spent 15 years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the National Vaccine Program Office since 2002, where he helped develop the U.S. National Vaccine Plan. He also founded and directed the National Network for Immunization Information, worked as a medical officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, served as Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was a Luce Scholar in the Philippines. Gellin will assume his role with the institute March 1.
HCA Gulf Coast Division of Houston, Texas named Holly Elliott its VP of women’s and children’s services. Elliott joins HCA Gulf Coast from Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, where she was VP and COO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Elliott has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center of Spokane, Washington has added Pierre Leimgruber as a specialist in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Leimgruber, who also serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, has spent 32 years as an interventional cardiologist.
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