New hospital and health system CEOs were named at hospitals and health systems in South Carolina, Indiana and Illinois, including at Roper St. Francis and Franciscan Health. Intermountain Healthcare, meanwhile, has a new CEO and a new transformation center.

Lorraine Lutton was named president and CEO of Roper St. Francis, Charleston, S.C., the first time in its 150-year history that a woman will lead the private, nonprofit health care system. Lutton was president of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Roper St. Francis president and CEO David Dunlap had announced in February that he planned to retire after a 45-year career in health care, 13 years of which he spent leading Roper St. Francis. He plans to remain available to assist in the transition through the end of the year.

Franciscan Health named two executives to oversee five hospitals. Patrick Maloney president and CEO of its hospitals in Dyer, Hammond and Munster, Ind. Matthew Teolis, D.O., interim CEO since May, will resume his full-time duties as vice president of medical affairs. Separately, Allan Spooner was named president and CEO of Franciscan Health hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights, Ill. Spooner succeeds Arnie Kimmel, who was recently named senior vice president of corporate services for Franciscan Health.

Additional people news

  • Todd Caliva became CEO of HCA-affiliated Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, Texas, on Oct. 24. He has been with HCA in Houston since 1997. Since 2006, Caliva has been CEO of HCA-affiliated West Houston Medical Center.
  • Rex Jones will become CEO of the Magnolia (Ark.) Regional Medical Center in December. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the health care field, including more than 16 years in CEO positions in rural hospital settings. Jones was CEO of Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, Ark. He will succeed Margaret West as Magnolia Regional CEO. West announced her December retirement earlier this year, ending 30 years of service at MRMC.
  • HCA Virginia named Greg Lowe CEO of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, Richmond, Va. Lowe was CEO of HCA’s Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla.
  • Larry Cohen, was named CEO of Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, Wash. He had been interim CEO since November 2015.
  • Angela McConnachie, R.N. was promoted to CEO of Deckerville (Mich.) Community Hospital on Oct. 1. She was chief nursing officer and has been with the hospital since 2005.
  • Darryl Elmouchi, M.D. was named chief medical officer, Spectrum Health Hospital Group, Grand Rapids, Mich. Elmouchi was cardiovascular division chief.
  • Marilyn Schock was appointed president of UCHealth Greeley (Colo.) Hospital, which is expected to break ground in 2017 and open in late 2018. Schock has been the chief operating officer at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins since 2014.
  • Jacob Groenewold has been named system vice president, supply chain, for Presence Health, Chicago. He was senior vice president of supply chain at Vizient Inc. (formerly University HealthSystem Consortium) in Chicago.
  • Gerry Lewis was appointed Ascension senior vice president and chief information officer and CEO of Ascension Information Services. AIS provides information technology services across Ascension, which is based in St. Louis and includes health ministries in 24 states and Washington, D.C. Lewis was vice president of IT strategy and business development and chief data officer for AIS.
  • Rebecca Parker, M.D. is the new president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is senior vice president of practice and payment integration for Envision Healthcare and an emergency physician for Vista Health in Waukegan, Ill. In addition, she is president of Team Parker LLC, a consulting group.

Business news

Susquehanna Health, Williamsport, Pa., officially joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, becoming UPMC Susquehanna. UPMC has made a $500 million investment and has committed to advance Susquehanna’s goals to expand health care services, maintain its patient-focused mission, invest in information technology and introduce more choice for health insurance for the region.

And Utah philanthropist Kem Gardner will donate $20 million toward the construction of the Intermountain Transformation Center. The 120,000-square-foot center, is to be built and operated by Intermountain Healthcare on the Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray, Idaho. The center will be the home for institutes that train health care leaders seeking to transform the way care is provided, achieving the highest clinical quality at the lowest sustainable cost. Construction of the four-story facility should be complete in 2018. 

Gardner has served on Intermountain boards for 34 years, was chair of the Intermountain board from 2007 to 2012, and currently chairs the Intermountain Foundation Board.

The Transformation Center will be the base for a number of Intermountain programs, including:

  • Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, led by Charles Sorenson, M.D., who retired as president and CEO of Intermountain in October. A. Marc Harrison, M.D., replaced him. Harrison was chief of international business development for Cleveland Clinic, headquartered in Ohio, and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The Leadership Institute will offer multiday courses to senior-level health care physician leaders and administrators. 
  • Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, led by Brent James, M.D., Intermountain’s chief quality officer, has trained nearly 5,000 senior physician, nursing and administrative executives in clinical management methods. The institute also has nearly 50 “daughter” training programs in eight countries.
  • Clinical and innovation programs encompassing more than 1,500 active research studies in more than 20 clinical areas.