People on the Move – July 15, 2019

By Matt Skoufalos

Robert Rennie

GlobalMed Group of Scottsdale, Arizona has named Robert Rennie its VP of EMEA. Rennie joins the company from Atomiton, Inc., where he held the same title. Rennie also has developed EMEA sales strategies for companies like KPR Consultants Limited, Datacom Systems Inc., and Danaher.

 

John Whelan

Healthmark Industries of Fraser, Michigan has named John Whelan its Clinical Education Coordinator. Whelan most recently headed up the high-level disinfection (HLD) system for the University of Michigan Health System. He has spent 35 years in healthcare in the fields of emergency services and endoscopy, is an active member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

 

Patrick Murphy

United Rheumatology of Hauppage, New York has named Patrick Murphy its CFO. Murphy was most recently served CFO at CleanSlate Centers. He was a founder at Women’s Health USA and at Evolution1, and has held various roles at Value Health and Arthur Andersen.

 

Alton Shader, newly appointed CEO of Viant

Viant of Foxborough, Massachusetts, has named Alton E. Shader its CEO. Shader has more than 20 years of medical device leadership, and succeeds Brian King, who will continue to serve as a senior advisor to the company. Shader has been president of front line care for Hill-Rom Holdings, has held senior positions in Europe for Baxter International, and was most recently president and CEO of Vein Clinics of America.

 

Quincy Miller

Quincy Miller, vice-chair and president of Eastern Bank, has been elected to the board of directors of the Boston-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Previously, Miller was president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts and president of Citizens' Business Banking division. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Bottom Line, The Alliance for Business Leadership and The Greater Boston YMCA Board of Overseers. Miller is a board emeritus member of The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and is a C-suite member of The Partnership.

 

The Eagan-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota promoted Monica Engel, a 29-year Blue Cross veteran, to SVP and president of government markets, and Dana Erickson, who joined the organization in 2015, to SVP of health services.

Engel is president of the Women's Health Leadership TRUST, an active member of Women Business Leaders, and a board member for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. Erickson joined Blue Cross in 2015; a registered nurse and respiratory therapist, she previously held clinical and medical leadership roles at Univita Health and Optum Health.

 

Todd Peters

The Baltimore, Maryland-based Sheppard Pratt Health System named Todd Peters its VP and Chief Medical Officer, succeeding Robert Roca, who retired in April 2019 after more than 25 years of service. Peters joined Sheppard Pratt in July 2018  as its medical director of child and adolescent services and chief medical information officer (CMIO); he will remain CMIO in addition to his new responsibilities. Peters was also previously the inpatient medical director and assistant CMIO for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the consulting editor for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America.

 

Guillaume Castel

The Knoxville, Tennessee-based PerfectServe added Guillaume Castel as CEO. Castel has nearly 20 years of experience in strategy, business development, finance and operations and succeeds PerfectServe founder Terry Edwards. Edwards will transition to Chairman of the Board. Previously, Castel was VP of business development at the Northern Virginia Inova Health System. Castel came to Inova from the Advisory Board Company, and previously spent six years at Cisco Systems.

 

eSimplify of Detroit, Michigan added Craig Saylor to its board of advisors. Saylor has 25 years of senior leadership in healthcare, including as COO and CEO of Somerset Hospital in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

 

Chandra Welsh

Canopy Health of Emeryville, California named Chandra Welsh its new Chief Network Development Officer and member of the leadership team. Welsh previously was SVP of California Network Management for Aetna.

 

Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc. of Los Alamitos, California named Jonathan Gross its National Director of Clinical Outreach for the Substance Use Disorder Division. Davis was formerly national director of referral relations at Recovery Ways in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

The Santa Rosa, California-based Veterans Resource Centers of America named Chris Johnson its president and CEO, succeeding co-founder Peter Cameron, who is retiring. Johnson joins VRC from Evergreen Treatment Services, where he was interim executive director. He has also previously been CEO of Woodcraft Rangers, a 95-year-old youth services agency based in Los Angeles, California.

 

Cantel Medical Corp. of Little Falls, New Jersey has promoted Jeff Mann as SVP, general counsel, and secretary amid the announcement that Eric Nodiff will retire at the end of the month. Mann joined Cantel in 2018; he previously held leadership positions at the Boston Scientific Corporation and served on the board of directors of Preventice Solutions.

 

Acutus Medical of Carlsbad, California named Scott Huennekens as executive chairman of its Board of Directors. Huennekens has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, including at Verb Surgical and Volcano Corporation. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and sits on the boards of Viewray and NuVasive.

 

The American Heart Association of Chicago, Illinois named Opella Ernest chair of its metro Chicago board of directors. Ernest is SVP and chief clinical officer at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). A board-certified family physician, she has a medical degree from Ohio State.

 

The Union City, Georgia-based Christian City, Inc. has named Keith Horton its CEO.

Horton brings 11 years of experience in child welfare services, including at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Atlanta; he formerly was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services and delivery director at First Data. Horton is also a 20-year U.S. military veteran who formerly was deputy director of the Combat Arms Force Management Division for the Pentagon, and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2006.

 

John M. Tabone, Patient Innovations Chairman & CEO

The New York, New York-based Patient Innovations named John M. Tabone its chairman and CEO. Tabone has spent decades in healthcare, holding multiple transformational C-Suite leadership roles with multi-geography P&L responsibility across a broad range of economic cycles.

 

The Boston, Massachusetts-based Activ Surgical added Emily Casey, senior associate at DNS Capital, and Ashok Krishnamurthi, managing partner at GreatPoint Ventures, to its board of directors. Adrian Park, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, and Erik Wilson, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, to its advisory board.

Prior to joining DNS Capital, Casey was an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs. Krishnamurthi most recently founded CAPP Medical and CiberMed, and was one of the early leaders of Juniper Networks.

Park has made major advancements in the improvement of laparoscopic techniques for complex hernia repair, foregut, and spleen surgery, and is editor-in-chief of Surgical Innovation.  Wilson is Co-Founder of the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery and Houston Bariatric Society, and a founder and the Past President of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association.

 

The Baltimore, Maryland-based Senior Helpers named Alan Abrams to its Board of Directors. Abrams joins the company from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where was the Chief Medical Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization.

 

Jarrod McNaughton appointed new Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).

Inland Empire Health Plan of Rancho Cucamonga, California has named COO Jarrod B. McNaughton to succeed outgoing CEO Bradley P. Gilbert, who announced his retirement from the company last November after 23 years with IEHP. McNaughton spent more than 20 years in healthcare leadership, including as President of Kettering Medical Center in Ohio and EVP of the Kettering Health Network. He joined IEHP as COO in May 2018.

 

Cutera, Inc. of Brisbane, California named David H. Mowry its CEO and a member of its board of directors, effective immediately. Mowry succeeds Jason Richey, who has been interim CEO since January. Prior to joining the company, Mowry was president and CEO of Vyaire Medical; he has been president and CEO of Tornier Inc., and was president of the Covidien Neurovascular Division.

 

Modernizing Medicine of Boca Raton, Florida named Brian Boyd its new Chief Revenue Officer. Boyd joins the company from SAP Fieldglass; he holds an MBA from Marquette University.

 

Zelis Healthcare of Bedminster, New Jersey, named Priscilla Alfaro its Chief Medical Officer. Alfaro currently serves as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Healthcare Antifraud Association. Prior to Zelis, she was a senior executive at Anthem, and worked at the Office of the Inspector General for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

 

Will Eaton

Meritech of Golden, Colorado named Will Eaton its VP of Sales. Eaton is the former VP of National Accounts at Checkers Safety Group, and has been Director of Sales and Marketing at Accusonic Voice Systems.