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Gawande nominated for Biden administration role; Baylor Scott & White CEO stepping down

Gabriel Perna | July 20, 2021

In this recurring article, we track the career moves of  health care executives. For this version, we’re looking at who’s been on the move in June and July. If you recently made a career change,let us know here.     

Providers 

Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor, Scott & White, announced his retirement in late June. Hinton has been CEO at the Dallas-based health system since 2017. Hinton is transitioning the role to Baylor, Scott & White President Pete McCanna, effective January 1, 2022. Prior to joining Baylor Scott & White, Hinton spent 33 years shaping New Mexico’s largest health care provider, not-for-profit Presbyterian Healthcare Services.  

Brian E. KeeleyCEO of Baptist Health South Florida, announced his impending retirement in 2022 after 50 years at the South Florida health system. He was appointed CEO in 1986. Keeley oversaw Baptist Hospital’s mergers with South Miami Hospital and Homestead Hospital in 1995, subsequently becoming the President and CEO of the newly formed Baptist Health South Florida. Keeley spearheaded additional growth of the health system that now includes 11 hospitals and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.  

Encompass Health, one of the largest providers of hospice and home health companies in the U.S., named Barbara A. Jacobsmeyer, President, Inpatient Hospitals, as the CEO of its Home Health and Hospice arm. 6/21  

Jeff Mengenhausen was named the CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital in Colorado. 6/21 

Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the appointment of K. Alicia Schulhof as the new president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. 6/24 

Paul Stewart, long-time president and CEO of Sky Lakes Medical Center, announced his retirement effective January 1, 2022. 6/29 

Kenneth (Ken) West was named President and CEO at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, which is part of the HCA Healthcare system6/29 

Karen Bowling was officially appointed the CEO of Princeton Community Hospital, an affiliate of WVU Hospital, on July 6th 

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) President and CEO, Lyle E. Sheldon, has announced he will retire in December 2021 after 34 years with the health system, including 26 as its executive leader. 7/6  

Brandon Nudd was named president and CEO for AdventHealth Hendersonville. 7/6  

Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) announced Jason Szczuka has been named as its first Chief Digital Officer. 7/8 

Amberwell Health announced John Broberg, CEO, has set his retirement date to be effective August 31, 2021. It will mark the end of a 49-year career. 7/12  

The Guthrie Clinic, in Pennsylvania and New York State, named Edmund Sabanegh, Jr., MD as President and CEO, effective September 13, 2021.  He was previously at the Cleveland Clinic where, among other roles, he served as President, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Regional Hospital. 7/13 

Scott Teffeteller was named CEO of Lutheran Health Network. 7/14 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has selected Cheryl Lee, MD to serve as its first chief health equity officer and lead the newly formed Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 7/15 

 

Payers 

Humana named Susan Diamond as the insurer’s permanent CFO. Diamond had been the interim CFO and helped the insurer acquire the remaining 60 percent interest in Kindred at Home valued at $5.7 billion. 6/28. The insurer also named Caroline Coats as the interim director of the Humana Foundation. She replaces Walter Woods, who stepped down in early July. 7/15 

John Orner joined Highmark as senior vice president and chief investment officer after serving at BCBS Minnesota. 6/28 

Flume Health, a health plan administration platform, announced that Ann Joo Kim, formerly of Haven, has joined the company as chief operating officer. 7/1 

Kaiser Permanente announced that Jenny J. Ming, a veteran retail executive who was most recently president and CEO of Charlotte Russe, has been named to the boards of directors for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. 7/6  

Cigna named Bonnie Evelyn as market president for its health care and related benefits plans in Georgia/Alabama. 7/13 

SCAN Health Group named Scott Weingarten, MD as its first-ever chief innovation officer. 7/19 

 

Government 

Atul Gawande, MD was nominated by President Biden to the assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development. Gawande, who is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a bestselling author, New Yorker columnist, the founder of Ariadne Labs and was recently CEO of Haven, would be leading America’s public health efforts around the globe. “I’m honored to be nominated to lead global health development at @USAID, including for COVID. With more COVID deaths worldwide in the first half of 2021 than in all of 2020, I’m grateful for the chance to help end this crisis and to re-strengthen public health systems worldwide,” Gawande wrote on Twitter.  

President Biden also nominated Rahul Gupta, MD, a former top health official in West Virginia, as the next head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. 7/13  

Former director of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Brad Smith announced the start of Main Street Health, a new company focused on delivering value-based care to rural America. 6/30 

Meena Seshamani, MD, formerly of MedStar Health System, was named the deputy administrator and director of Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  7/6 

 

Life Sciences 

General Catalyst announced that Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck Executive Chairman and former CEO, will be joining the firm in the newly created role of Chairman, Health Assurance Initiatives. 7/21

Athira Pharma has announced that President & CEO Leen Kawas, PhD has taken a temporary leave of absence. Mark Litton has assumed day-to-day responsibilities. 6/17 

TRexBio named Johnston Erwin, formerly of Eli Lilly, as its new CEO. 6/22 

Alchemab Therapeutics tapped Douglas Treco, PhD as CEO. 6/22  

Merck named Michael Klobuchar its executive vice president and chief strategy officer, a newly created role, effective July 5, 2021. 6/24 

Susan Galbraith, Ph.D. Jpined AstraZeneca as executive vice president of oncology research and development. 6/28 

Lengo Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel precision medicines targeting driver mutations in oncology, today announced the appointment of Enoch K. Kariuki, Pharm.D, as its CEO. 6/28  

Moderna named Kate Cronin as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer. 7/1  

Ferring Pharmaceuticals appointed former Novo Nordisk President and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen as chairman of the board of directors. He replaces Frederik Paulsen. 7/1 

Amgen named Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD, formerly of AstraZeneca to serve as the company’s senior vice president of oncology. 7/6  

Axel Hoos, MD will join Scorpion Therapeutics as its new CEO. He was previously Senior Vice President, R&D Governance Chair, and Therapeutic Area Head for oncology at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK). 7/7  

Convergent Therapeutics, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing next generation radiopharmaceutical therapies for prostate and other cancers, announced Philip Kantoff, MD as its new CEO. 7/13  

 

Tech/Other 

Mark Ganz, former CEO of Cambia and a member of Health Evolution’s Leadership Committee, was named to the strategic advisory board of Innovaccer, a data analytics company that’s focused on creating a unified patient record. 7/1  

The American Medical Association named Gerald E. Harmon, MD as the organization’s 176th President during a special meeting of the professional organization’s House of Delegates. Harmon has been an AMA board member since 2013, serving as board chair from 2017 to 2018.  He replaces Susan Bailey, MD, who becomes the Immediate Past President of the organization. 6/15 

Mary Beth Donahue was named the CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, a group of 160 organizations that support Medicare Advantage. Donahue was the Chief of Staff to HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala during the early days of Medicare Advantage as “Medicare+Choice.”  6/21  

The Digital Therapeutics Alliance, a global non-profit trade association of industry leaders in the digital therapeutics space, announced the selection of Andy Molnar as the organization’s incoming CEO. 6/24 

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) announced April N. Kapu, DNP was appointed to a two-year term as president of AANP. 6/29  

Wellframe named Terry Beck, formerly of Teladoc, as its Senior Vice President of Growth. 6/29  

Ludi announced the addition of Megan Heim to its leadership team as Senior Vice President of Business Development. 7/1  

Dollar General became the latest retailer to step into the health care world when it named Albert Wu, MD as the company’s first-ever chief medical officer. 7/7  

The National Quality Forum named Dana Gelb Safran, MD as its next President. He replaces Shantanu Agrawal, MD, who stepped down at the end of last year. 7/8  

Edifecs CEO Sunny Singh announced he is stepping down from the role and that Venkat Kavarthapu will become the new chief. 7/8  

About the Author

Gabriel Perna, Senior Manager, Digital Content

Gabriel Perna is the Senior Manager of Digital Content at Health Evolution. He brings 10+ years of experience in covering the intersection of health care and business. Previously, he was at Chief Executive, Physicians Practice and Healthcare Informatics. You can reach him via email at gabrielp@healthevolution.com or on Twitter at @GabrielSPerna