Laura Kaiser has been named president and CEO of SSM Health, effective May 1. She will succeed William Thompson, who is retiring after 37 years with St. Louis-based SSM, the past six years as chief executive.
Dr. Richard Besser, 57, is the new president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He will succeed Dr. Riza Lavizzo-Mourey, who served in the role for 14 years. He is expected to take over in April.
Debi Pasley is the new Senior VP and chief nursing officer of 23-hospital Christus Health, Irving, Texas.
Dr. Richard Bankowitz named executive VP for clinicial affairs at America's Health Insurance Plans, and other news makers
Dr. Richard Bankowitz has been named executive VP for clinical affairs at America's Health Insurance Plans, the primary lobbying group for health insurers. He succeeds Carmella Bocchino.
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers' executive director, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, will leave his post and take a new role as Unitedhealthcare's senior vice president of integrated health and human services.
Trip Pilgrim has been named CEO of Baptist Health System in San Antonio. He succeeds Graham Reeve, who will stay on at Baptist as president and COO.
Rev. Dennis Holtschneider will oversee the Ascension Solutions Division, subsidiaries of Ascension Information Services and the Ascension Ministry Service Center, as well as the system's national strategy and advocacy functions.
Jessica Bauer has been named president of Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee and Aurora St. Luke's South Shore in Cudahy, Wis., both part of Aurora Health Care. She replaces Carolynn Glocka, who has retired.
Joe Mullany, CEO of Detroit Medical Center for the past four years, was replaced last week. He has been succeeded by Dr. Tony Tedeschi, former CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s four-hospital Chicago market. Tenet is DMC's parent company.
Dr. Shantanu Agrawal has been named president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that aims to improve healthcare through quality metrics. He replaces Helen Darling, who was interim CEO since March 2016.
Thomas Strauss has been named president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health System based in Cleveland. He replaces Terrence Kessler, who retired at the end of 2016 after serving as president and CEO of the system since 2013.
Chief medical officer of Ascension's Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Northwest Hospital and Seton Southwest Hospital, all in Austin, Texas. She replaces Dr. David Martin, who was promoted to CMO of Ascension Texas in August.