By Matt Skoufalos
Washington Hospital Healthcare System (WHHS) of Fremont, California will see its CEO Nancy D. Farber retire after 25 years in the role and 35 in the health system. Farber first joined Washington Hospital in 1984 as its chief of strategic management; on May 1, she submitted her 180-day notice to the WHHS board, which will name her successor.
AssureCare of Cincinnati, Ohio, named James Gartner its EVP of Clinical Strategy. Gartner holds more than 30 years of experience, most recently as SVP of CareSource. He was previously involved in the PBM industry, consulting, and also owned and operated retail pharmacies and home infusion business. Gartner holds an MBA with Health Care Administration concentration from Cleveland State University.
Clinical Innovations of Salt Lake City, Utah named Carl Rickenbaugh VP of business development and strategy. Rickenbaugh has served on boards of med-tech startups, and was previously VP of New Business Development at Bard Peripheral Vascular, preceded by positions at Abbott Laboratories. Rickenbaugh holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Affinity Living Group of Hickory, North Carolina promoted VP of sales and marketing Neal Lail to COO and Sheila Madigan to SVP of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Affinity, Lail held senior positions in the acute care, post-acute care, hospice care, and Medicare Advantage payer industries. Madigan joined Affinity in February 2016 having spent 16 of her last 30 years in the business in senior housing at the regional and national levels.
The Boca Raton, Florida-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) named Gyasi C. Chisley its President of CTCA Hospitals and Clinics. Chisley was most recently Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Strategy and Payment Policy/Innovation for UnitedHealthcare; before that, he was CEO of Methodist Healthcare and SVP for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis. Chisley has also been President and Site Administrator for Mercy Health Anderson Hospital. He holds a master’s degree of Health Services/Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated of Franklin, Tennessee promoted VP of Financial Reporting and Chief Accounting Officer Leigh Ann Stach to EVP and Chief Accounting Officer, a role she’d held from 1994 to 2013. Stach, a licensed CPA, has also been a senior accountant in financial reporting and an internal auditor with HCA.
Eisai, Inc. of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey added Harald Hampel as VP of Global Medical Affairs and Michael Irizarry as VP of Clinical Research. Hampel has 25 years of clinical trial experience in AD and related neurodegenerative diseases, and is the founding director of the Alzheimer Memorial Center at the University of Munich. Most recently, he was a the Excellence Chair, Scientific Director at the Institute for Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease, European Center of Excellence in Neurodegenerative Disease at Sorbonne University. Hampel holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Munich, an M.A. in Hospital Administration from the University of Cologne, and an M.A. from the University of Dublin. Irizarry, who joined Eisai in 2018 as VP of clinical research for epilepsy and sleep/wake therapies, will become responsible for the clinical development and overall strategy of the Eisai. Irzarry spent 12 years as a researcher at the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, has held leadership positions in neuroscience at Eli Lilly and in epidemiology at GlaxoSmithKline. He holds a medical degree from Georgetown University and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Cleveland, Ohio-based Center for Health Affairs named Brian Lane its president and CEO, effective May 15. Lane succeeds Phil Mazanec, who was its interim president and CEO. Lane has 20 years of experience in administration and senior management; most recently, he was key account director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) at Oracle, had been Oracle’s global client advisor for Cigna and CVS, and also had been the lead healthcare strategist for HHS and the U.S. Defense Health Agency.
Kindbody of New York, New York added Annbeth Eschbach as its president and Debbie Markowitz as CFO. Both worked together previously at Exhale Spa, which Eschbach founded in 2003 and which was sold to Hyatt Hotels in 2017. Markowitz most recently was CFO of Acorns.
Centurion Service Group of Franklin Park, Illinois has named John H. Biggers, Jr. to its Board of Directors. Biggers was group VP of group purchasing services and SVP of supply chain services at Premier Inc. (formerly the SunHealth Alliance). He has been the CEO of Premier subsidiary S2S Global before becoming Premier’s EVP of Supply Chain Strategy and Operations.
The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) of McLean, Virginia will accept the resignation of President-CEO Frank Wilton, effective May 31st, 2019. The AATB board will appoint his successor.
Medicx Media Solutions of Scottsdale, Arizona named Eric Trepanier its EVP and GM and Loretta Lurie becomes SVP of Strategy and Account Services, both new roles for the company. Most recently, Trepanier was SVP of Marketing Sciences at WebMD; he previously founded Global Health Consulting, and holds an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Pharm. D. from the University of Toronto.
Lurie has held leadership positions at Spark Foundry, Outcome Health, and PHD Worldwide.
UPMC Insurance Services Division of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named Joon S. Lee its Chief Medical Officer, effective May 15. Lee is currently Division Chief of Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Executive Director of UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). Lee has a Duke University medical degree. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow in the American College of Cardiology.
Acuity Link of Boston, Massachusetts added John Shermyen to its board of directors. He has 25 years of experience in the ambulance and NEMT industry, having begun with EMTrack; in 1986, Shermyen established LogistiCare, Inc., and was most recently SVP of health care innovations at Almost Family, Inc.
The San Francisco, California-based HealthTech 4 Medicaid (HT4M) added four members to its board of directors: Mark McClellan, Director of Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University; Manik Bhat, CEO of Healthify; Tim Petrikin, CEO of Ampersand Health; and Adam Kaufman, CEO of Canary Health.
Halfaker and Associates of Arlington, Virginia named David Januchowski its Director of Health and Human Services (HHS) Programs. Prior to the appointment, Januchowski was Deputy Group Director in the Information Technology office for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has been a program VP with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT).
CareCentrix of Hartford, Connecticut added strategic advisors Ken Goulet and Ken Fasola. Goulet was most recently EVP of Anthem, Inc. and president of the Anthem commercial and specialty business division. Fasola has been CEO of Secure Horizons with UnitedHealth Group and COO of market operations for Humana; he’s currently president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group subsidiary HealthMarkets, Inc.
Theromics Inc. of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts named Ron Murphy its CEO, replacing Thomas Ryan, and added Joseph Amaral to its board of directors. Murphy has worked in medical device companies across multiple therapeutic platforms, including orthopedics, cardiovascular, and obstructive sleep apnea, and has spent years in investment banking. Amaral most recently was VP of Surgical Innovation at J&J Ethicon; he has also been CEO and President of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Chairman in the Department of Surgery at Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Chief of Surgery of Rhode Island and Lifespan Hospitals, and President of University Surgical Associates.
RLDatix of Chicago, Illinois named Jeff Surges its CEO, replacing outgoing CEO Seyed Mortazavi. Surges joins RLDatix with 20-plus years of experience managing healthcare IT; he most recently was CEO of Connecture.
The Washington, D.C.-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) named Sr. Mary Haddad its 10th president and CEO. Haddad is currently VP of sponsorship and mission services for CHA; she succeeds Carol Keehan, who announced last fall that she will retire in June 2019. Prior to joining CHA, Haddad was administrative fellow at Saint Anthony’s Health System in Alton, Illinois and served on the regional leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy, St. Louis. She has an MBA in health care from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Gateway Health added Glenn Pomerantz as SVP of Health Services, Ellen Duffield as SVP and COO, Brian Dobbins as SVP of markets, and Phil Barr as chief strategy officer and chief of staff. Pomerantz was most recently Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and has held medical leadership roles at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Aetna and Cigna. Duffield joins Gateway Health from DST Health Solutions, where she was president; she formerly held senior leadership positions at Visiant Health Solutions, OptumRx, and Anthem. Dobbins joins Gateway Health from Evolent Health, where was market president for its Fort Myers, Florida-based business segment. Barr was VP of growth for Clover Health, and held leadership roles at CareCentrix, Aetna and American Express.
DaVita Inc. of Denver, Colorado named DaVita Kidney Care CEO Javier J. Rodriguez to succeed outgoing CEO Kent Thiry on June 1, 2019. Rodriguez will also join the DaVita board of directors, of which Thiry will become its executive chairman. He has been CEO of DaVita since 1999, and chairman or co-chairman of the board since that time. Before joining DaVita, Rodriguez worked for Baxter Health Care Corporation and previously was director of operations for CBS Marketing Inc. in Mexico City. He holds a Harvard MBA.