Health systems naming new CEOs include Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, Pa., and Central (Lewiston) Maine Healthcare.

Tim L. Hingtgen became president and COO of Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 1. He succeeds David L. Miller, who will retire at the end of the year. Miller will complete his 20-year tenure at Community Health Systems by serving as a special adviser to the chairman of the board and CEO. Hingtgen joined the organization in 2008 and most recently was executive vice president of operations.

Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, Pa., promoted Steve Tucker, CEO of Conemaugh’s hospital division and president of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, to system CEO. He succeeds Scott Becker, who recently announced plans to retire. Tucker has been an executive with the health system for more than 30 years.

Jeff Brickman becomes president and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare on Sept. 19. He succeeds Peter E. Chalke, who has been with the system for 33 years and has served as president and CEO since 2002. Chalke remain involved in key community initiatives through the coming year. Brickman was group president, Mountains and North Denver Operating Group, for Centura Health in Englewood, Colo., and president and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.

Brian Sinotte became CEO of UP Health System–Marquette (Mich.) in August. He was CEO of Maria Parham Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility in Henderson, N.C. Meanwhile, Duke LifePoint Healthcare promoted Bert Beard to CEO of Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, N.C., on Aug. 22. He was COO of Duke LifePoint’s Wilson (N.C.) Medical Center.

Robert J. Weil, M.D., becomes senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colo., this month. Weil held several roles at Geisinger Health System including: chief medical executive in northeastern Pennsylvania; associate chief scientific officer for clinical and translational research for the system; and medical director of care support services, the system’s enterprise supply chain and pharmacy division. 

Paul E. Cleckner was named COO for Saint Thomas Health, Nashville, Tenn., a ministry of St. Louis-based Ascension Health. Cleckner was vice president of operations, Eastern Group, at LifePoint Health, Nashville. Michael P. Browning was named chief financial officer of ProMedica, Toledo, Ohio, in August. Browning was CFO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C. And Andre Churchwell, M.D., the Levi Watkins Jr. Chair, professor of medicine, biomedical engineering and radiology and radiological sciences, and senior associate dean for diversity affairs, was appointed to the newly created role of chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. In his new role, Churchwell will continue to oversee the Officer for Diversity Affairs.

Other Appointments

  • Verity Health System, based in Redwood City, Calif., promoted Andrei Soran to CEO in July. Soran joined Verity in April as COO. He succeeds Mitchell R. Creem, who has become chief administrative officer for the hospital system. B. Joseph Badalian was appointed COO. Badalian was CEO of the 400-bed Fountain Valley (Calif.) Regional Hospital & Medical Center.
  • David Ziolkowski became CEO of Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, N.C., on Aug. 22. He was chief operating officer of Saint Joseph Health–Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Calif. Ziolkowski replaces Bob Singletary, who had been interim CEO since April.
  • Feliciano Jiron was appointed CEO of Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, N.M., in August. VVMC is part of LifePoint Health’s Western Group. Jiron was CEO of LifePoint’s Los Alamos (N.M.) Medical Center.
  • David S. Wagner was appointed CEO for HCA’s Pearland Medical Center, Houston, in August. He had been vice president of facilities management and support services at the Saint Francis Health System, Tulsa, Okla., since 2011.
  • Alex Villa becomes CEO of Tennova Healthcare–Clarksville (Tenn.) on Sept. 6. Villa was CEO of Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, Ariz.
  • John O'Malley becomes president of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, Howell, Mich., on Sept. 12. The hospital is part of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. O'Malley will lead day-to-day operations of both the hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Brighton health center, leading the expansion projects at both campuses and serving as executive liaison within the community. St. Joe's health facilities in Livingston County are undergoing a $41 million renovation to upgrade St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital and develop a short-stay center for overnight stays at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton. Previously, O'Malley was CEO of Select Specialty Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. 
  • Pamela Lindemoen becomes president of Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, on Sept. 12. She was vice president of hospital operations for the Northern California region of Kaiser Permanente.
  • Mark Modesto became vice president and chief marketing executive of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, on Aug. 15. He was executive vice president and managing director of Epsilon Agency, a marketing and advertising agency.
  • North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Mont., appointed Jason Cohen, M.D. chief medical officer following the retirement of Ron Miller, M.D. Ryan Gunlikson, M.D., was named chief of staff. Cohen is board-certified in internal medicine and has been a hospitalist at North Valley since 2013. Gunlikson is a surgeon at the hospital.
  • The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) appointed Rich Umbdenstock and Jeffrey Burnich, M.D., to its board of directors. Umbdenstock retired last year as president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. Burnich is senior vice president of medical and market networks for Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health. “We stand on the brink of enormous change in care delivery, payment models and community supported care for those living with advanced illness,” Umbdenstock said. “How we move forward will affect millions of people at an incredibly vulnerable time in their lives. C-TAC has worked to help find and implement care delivery models that work. They are well-poised to act as a continuing catalyst for change and I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to the table.”

In Memoriam

Mike Bromberg, who was the leader of the Federation of American Hospitals for 25 years, from 1969 to 1994, and served as vice chairman of the FAH board since 1995, died in August. “Mike was a trailblazer whose career spanned the most dynamic years of policy development and growth of the American health care system,” current FAH President and CEO, Chip Kahn said in a statement. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said in a statement, “Mike Bromberg was both a highly respected association leader, and a professional lobbyist in the very best sense of the word, who left his fingerprints on many initiatives that improved health care in America. … He had unquestionable integrity and was a mentor to so many, including me.”