Lisa Rowen, R.N., was named to the new position of system chief nurse executive for the University of [Baltimore] Maryland Medical System. Rowen (pictured right) had been senior vice president and chief nursing officer for the system’s University of Maryland Medical Center. Rowen has lisa rowen head shotboth a bachelor of arts degree in art history and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Delaware. She also has an M.S. degree from the University of Maryland and a doctor of nursing science degree from Johns Hopkins University, according to the UMMS.

In other recent job changes, Howard Kern officially took over as president and CEO of Sentara Healthcare, howard kern head shotNorfolk, Va. Kern, (pictured left), had been chief operating officer at Sentara for 18 of the 21 years that David Bernd had served as CEO before announcing his retirement for March.

Michael Gentry was appointed to replace Kern as COO in January, and had been senior corporate vice president of Sentara.

Kern’s initial focus, according to a Sentara news release: clinical performance improvement; innovation and growth; and customer “centricity.” The nonprofit system has 12 hospitals, four medical groups with more than 900 providers in Virginia and North Carolina.

Also taking a new job was Paul Milton, who was appointed president and CEO of Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, N.Y. He had been acting president and CEO since last February following the retirement of former president and CEO James Connolly. Prior to taking on the interim leadership role, Milton was Ellis’ executive vice president and COO.

And Matthew Cook became president of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Cook was executive vice president of strategic planning and business development for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, He replaces Jeff Sperring, M.D., who left in 2015, and Paul Haut, M.D., chief medical officer, had served as interim president since then.