Chief operating officer slots were filled at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Hospital; New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women; Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas; and University of (Charlottesville) Virginia Medical Center, among other recent job changes.

Michael Rawlings was named COO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and William Hicks was appointed CEO. Hicks had been acting CEO since February and previously was the hospital’s COO. Rawlings joined NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in 2009 and most recently was senior associate executive director of facilities management.

Craig Albanese, M.D., became senior vice president and COO of New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women in June. Albanese was vice president of quality and performance improvement at Stanford Children’s Health. He also served as the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn director of pediatric surgical services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center.

And David S. Lopez was appointed executive vice president and COO of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. He was interim COO. Prior to joining Parkland, Lopez was COO for four years and CEO for nine years at Harris Health System in Houston.

William Fulkerson becomes COO of the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) Medical Center on Aug. 1. He was associate operating officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital & Clinics in Nashville, Tenn.

Health System Appointments

Chad P. Christianson became CEO of Ocala (Fla.) Health in June. He succeeds Randy McVay, who retired. Ocala Health is an affiliate of HCA and includes Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, as well as other facilities. Christianson has been in leadership roles in various HCA operations for 10 years, most recently as COO of CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

Kenneth Rempher, R.N., will become executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Cone Health, Greensboro, N.C., in August. He was chief nursing officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Health Care.

Lewis Seifert will become chief financial officer Sept. 4 for Adventist Health System’s Multi-State Division. He has held leadership roles at Adventist Health System for more than 15 years, and currently is senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of the West Florida Region.

Jaewon Ryu, M.D., will become executive vice president and chief medical officer of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., at the end of September. A board-certified emergency medical physician, Ryu was president of integrated care delivery at Humana in Louisville, Ky.

Catherine Mohr, R.N., was appointed chief nursing officer of Guthrie, a nonprofit integrated health system in north-central Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Mohr joins Guthrie from the Children’s Hospital at Providence/Women’s Services for Providence Health & Services in Alaska. She now oversees nursing at all four Guthrie Hospitals and the Guthrie Medical Group. 

At Hospitals

Nicole Thomas was appointed the next president of Baptist Medical Center South, Jacksonville, Fla. She will succeed Ron Robinson, who will retire in the fall after 11 years as hospital president. Thomas will be the first female hospital president in the Baptist Health system. She had been vice president of operations and specialty services at Baptist Health since 2011. ... Bill Masterton became president and CEO of University Medical Center New Orleans on June 1. Masterton most recently was CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. Bradley S. Talbert succeeds Masterton as CEO of Piedmont Medical Center. Talbert has more than 15 years of executive leadership experience, most recently at Coastal Carolina Hospital. ... Alan George becomes CEO of Rockdale Medical Center, Conyers, Ga., this month. He had been CEO of another LifePoint Health hospital, Palestine (Texas) Regional Medical Center. ... Tim Plante, R.N., was named president and CEO of Memorial Community Hospital & Health System in Blair, Neb. He succeeds Bob Copple, who left his position in May. ... Plante was associate vice president of patient care services at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. 


SSM Health President and CEO William P. Thompson will retire next year, after more than 36 years with the health care system. He became president and CEO in 2011 after the retirement of long-time leader Sr. Mary Jean Ryan. Thompson held a number of other executive leadership roles at SSM Health, including COO and senior vice president of strategic development. Under Thompson’s leadership, physicians were given a voice on the health system’s board of directors and on the senior leadership team. SSM Health also consolidated its system structure to move toward a value-based model of care delivery and grew with the acquisitions of Dean Health System in Wisconsin, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital and St. Anthony Shawnee Physicians group in Oklahoma, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain in Missouri and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the system’s first adult academic medical center, which enables it to train future clinicians in partnership with Saint Louis University School of Medicine. SSM Health has become one of the largest integrated health care systems in the nation and has doubled its revenue to nearly $6 billion, while also improving the patient experience and providing better care coordination. In 2003, SSM Health became the first health care organization in the country to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The health system has been recognized by the American Hospital Association as one of Health Care’s Most Wired and is a national leader for the depth of its electronic health record integration.  

Thomas W. Chapman will retire in April 2017 as president and CEO of the HSC Health Care System, Washington, D.C. He has led the system’s parent company, the HSC Foundation, for nearly 20 years. Since 1988, Chapman has initiated the implementation and expansion of a wide range of community-based programs, working specifically to address the social determinants that often prevent access to health care services, and the development of a National Youth Transitions Center. Previously, Chapman served as a senior associate vice president for network development and professor of health services management and policy at George Washington University, CEO of the George Washington University Hospital and president of the Greater Southeast Healthcare System.

Steve Barron, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health’s Southern California service area, has announced his retirement after nearly 40 years in executive-level health care positions in Washington and California. He will remain in his current position through October. Barron joined Dignity Health, then known as Catholic Healthcare West, in 1999, serving as president of St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif., for 15 years. In 2010, he also became head of Community Hospital of San Bernardino. In 2012, when Dignity Health’s Southern California hospitals were consolidated into service areas, Barron assumed responsibility for the Southern California East region. In his current position, he guides the strategic direction of the six hospitals in the Southern California service area.