Management and organizational changes were announced last week at three prominent health systems, Catholic Health East, Catholic Healthcare West and University Hospitals, continuing a trend that began earlier this year.
Changes from East to West
Catholic systems, University Hospitals change execs
Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., announced Judith Persichilli will succeed Robert Stanek as president and CEO. Stanek, chief executive of the 23-hospital Catholic system since December 2003, is expected to step down by the end of 2010. Persichilli, a registered nurse, has been named CHE executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. She succeeds Mark O’Neil as COO, who stepped down in November. She was previously the system’s executive vice president of acute care, a position she has held since 2008, according to a news release announcing her appointment. A number of other providers already announced managerial or organizational changes (Aug. 31, p. 6).
Catholic Healthcare West named Scott Nordlund to the newly created role of vice president of new venture and partnership development. Nordlund, 45, was previously the 38-hospital system’s vice president of strategy for Arizona and Nevada and chief strategy officer at its
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a 738-bed in Phoenix. Nordlund will oversee the San Francisco-based system’s push to diversify beyond acute-care, he said. The effort will focus on deals or investments in ambulatory care, episodic care, and post-acute care, he said.
University Hospitals in Cleveland announced it reorganized in an effort to adjust to expansion in recent and coming years. Physician Michael Nochomovitz is president of the new University Hospitals Physicians Services, overseeing the seven-hospital system’s 1,400 physicians. The new management structure brings together University Hospitals Medical Group, which is the faculty practice based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and University Hospitals Medical Practices. Nochomovitz, 58, previously was president and chief medical officer of the latter group.
Nochomovitz reports to COO Achilles Demetriou. Also reporting to Demetriou are University Hospitals Case Medical Center President Fred Rothstein and a new and unnamed president of community hospital and ambulatory networks. The system’s new chief nursing officer, Cathy Koppelman, and CMO, Eric Bieber, 49, will also report to Demetriou. Bieber was executive vice president for strategic network development of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa. He replaces Nathan Levitan, who was named president of the UH Ireland Cancer Center earlier this year.
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