By Matt Skoufalos
Ventech Solutions of Columbus, Ohio added Vivek Ramakrishnan as its managing partner of new ventures. Ramakrishnan previously was the managing director of innovation banking at Xinova, president of AxioSonic, and a director at Intellectual Ventures. He has also worked at Johns Hopkins University, the National Institutes of Health, and Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope. Ramakrishnan has a doctoral degree in biophysics from Brigham Young University and a management degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University.
The THEO Executive Group of Irving, Texas named Craig W. Jones senior advisor. Jones retired in January 2019 as president and CEO of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, and has been president and CEO of Norman Regional Hospital (now Norman Regional Health System). He also was a part-time associate professor in the department of health administration and policy at the University of Oklahoma.
Jones is a Life Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and holds a master’s of health administration from Washington University School of Medicine.
SoClean of Peterborough, New Hampshire named Egbert van Acht its global business growth advisor for Europe and Asia. Van Acht was the former CEO of the Personal Health business for Philips.
Decision Resources Group of Burlington, Massachusetts named Girish Venkatachaliah its new chief product & technology officer. Girish most recently was VP of data strategy, analytics and AI/ML at athenahealth, and was VP of product development at IBM.
The New York, New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) named Harvinder S. Sandhu and Andrew A. Sama as the new co-chiefs of its spine service. Sandhu and Sama succeed Frank Schwab, who will continue his practice as chief emeritus of HSS Spine.
BD of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey will see CEO Vincent A. Forlenza retire January 28, 2020; Forlenza will continue to chair the BD board of directors. President and COO Thomas E. Polen will become CEO and president. Forlenza has been BD CEO since October 2011 and chairman of the board since July 2012. He has also been chairman of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017, chairs its legal committee, and also serves on the Moody’s Corporation board of directors and chairs The Valley Health Systems board of trustees.
Silver Hill Hospital of New Canaan, Connecticut has named Peter Fonagy to its Board of Directors. Fonagy is chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre, a professor of contemporary psychoanalysis and developmental science, and head of the division of psychology and language sciences at University College London, England.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors San Antonio, Texas named Scott Rheinschmidt its clinic director. Rheinschmidt is a retired Air National Guard veteran of 24 years. He holds a master’s degree in community counseling from St. Mary’s University.
Healogics of Jacksonville, Florida named Rob Doll its chief marketing officer. Doll was most recently of VP of Marketing and Strategic Development at IntegraMed.
The San Francisco-based Blue Shield of California named EVP of Markets Todd Walthall its new COO, and transitioned EVP of Customer Experience and CII Michael Mathias into a new role supporting growth initiatives and reporting to the CEO. The company will search for a new CIO who will report to Walthall.
Amplifire of Boulder, Colorado has turned over “overall responsibility for the company’s healthcare-related activities” to Chief Healthcare Innovation Officer Bryan Bushick. Bushick, joined the senior leadership team earlier this year, has been COO at DocSite and Prominence Health Plan, SVP of performance measurement and improvement at Allina Health System, and SVP of business development at CareScience. In 2004, he founded Falcon Health Solutions.
Proton Therapy Partners of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania named Neil Jesuele, Bruce Lawrence, and Michael G. Rock to its board of directors. Jesuele has spent more than 35 years in senior positions with Johnson & Johnson and the American Hospital Association (AHA); he most recently was the AHA EVP of leadership and business development and President of its for-profit subsidiaries, Health Forum and AHA Services, Inc. Lawrence is president-CEO of Lawrence Strategic Solutions, and had been president and CEO of INTEGRIS Health. Rock is a surgeon and educator who spent a long tenure with Mayo Clinic Hospitals/Mayo Foundation, most recently as its Chief Medical Officer.
The Minneapolis-based Children’s Minnesota named Laurin Cathey its VP of human resources and Serge-Alain Wandji its VP of strategy, business development, and innovation. Cathey was most recently executive director of human resources at St. Paul Public Schools. Wandji joins Children’s from Cargill, where he spent 13 years in intellectual asset management.
The Chicago, Illinois-based Chartis Group named Paul Murphy principal of its informatics and technology practice. Murphy was an advisor at ECG Management Consultants and Encore Health Resources and practice leader for the Healthcare IT Strategy team at Kurt Salmon Associates. He has been an active member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for 20 years, most recently on the Innovation Committee. Murphy earned an MBA in healthcare administration from Baruch College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
The Seattle, Washington-based Allen Institute debuted its 2019 Next Generation Leaders, a group of six early-career neuroscientists who will form an advisory council for its Allen Institute for Brain Science. They include Aparna Bhaduri, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco; Christina Kim, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University; Scott Linderman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Stanford University; Michael Lodato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Nick Steinmetz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Washington; and Eric Yttri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.