Jordan R. Herget became president and CEO of Verity Health’s O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., and St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, Calif., on Nov. 14. Herget had been chief operating officer of HCA’s Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose since 2012.

Megan Marietta becomes CEO of West Houston Medical Center on Dec. 19. She succeeds Todd Caliva, who was named CEO of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, in October. Both facilities are part of the HCA Gulf Coast Division. Marietta has been with the division since 2001, most recently as COO of Kingwood (Texas) Medical Center.

Scott Cihak became CEO of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 28. He succeeds Heather Rohan, who was promoted to HCA’s TriStar Health Division, which encompasses middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Cihak had been CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami since 2011.

• HCA COO Samuel N. Hazen was promoted to president and COO. He is a 33-year veteran of HCA, based in Nashville, Tenn., and has been COO since 2015.

Matt Roberts was named CEO of Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, W.Va., in November. He replaces Harold Siglar, who had been interim CEO since May 2016. Roberts was CEO of Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, La.

Gary Malaer will become CEO of Carolinas Hospital System, Florence, S.C., on Jan. 1. He was CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge (Fla.).

Greg Pearson became CEO of Minden (La.) Medical Center on Dec. 5. He replaces Steve Selzer, who had been interim CEO since longtime CEO George French retired earlier this year. Pearson was CEO of Merit Health River Region, a 361-bed acute care facility in Vicksburg, Miss.

• Parkland Medical Center, Derry, N.H., appointed Jeff Scionti CEO. Scionti has been in a number of leadership roles at Parkland Medical Center, including several stints as interim CEO and as COO.

• Integris Miami (Okla.) Hospital President Jordan Cash will become president of Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City on Jan. 3. Cash joined Integris in 2008 as assistant vice president of Integris Grove (Okla.) Hospital, then moved to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid, Okla., as assistant vice president of operations and physician practice management. He was named president of Integris Miami Hospital in 2014.

Richie Splitt was appointed president and CEO of Norman (Okla.) Regional Health System after serving in that role on an interim basis for the previous eight months. Previously, he was chief administrative officer of the Norman Regional HealthPlex and Norman Regional Moore (Okla).

Brooke Kensinger became CEO of Central Community Hospital, Elkader, Iowa, in October. She was senior director of business health solutions at Mercy Physicians Services. Kensinger succeeded Fran Zichal, who will stay on to assist with the transition process until the end of the year.

Douglas J. Moyer will become president of Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg, Va., on Jan. 3. Since 2014, he had been CEO of CHS Virginia Hospital Network and CHS/Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va.

Joseph F. Scott was appointed executive vice president in the Office of Health Care Transformation at RWJBarnabas Health, West Orange, N.J. He will continue as president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas facility, while launching and leading the transformation office.

 • Adeptus Health Inc., Lewisville, Texas, appointed Gregory W. Scott, chairman of its board of directors, as interim CEO. In September, Thomas S. Hall informed the board of his plans to retire. Prior to joining Adeptus as an independent director in 2013, Scott was the co-president of Universal American Corp., a publicly traded health care company. Adeptus Health is a large operator of freestanding emergency rooms.

G. Thor Thordarson was named executive vice president and COO, and Stuart Marcus, M.D., was appointed to the new position of chief clinical officer for Amita Health, Arlington Heights, Ill. Thordarson was president and CEO of IU Health La Porte (Ind.) Hospital. Marcus was president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport, Conn.

• South Florida-based Memorial Healthcare System appointed Maggie Hansen, R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing executive. She was chief nursing officer of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

Juli Stec became COO of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Arkansas. She was CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Smith.

• LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tenn., appointed Jennifer Peters senior vice president, chief operations counsel. She had been vice president and chief operations counsel since 2014.

Karl Nebel in November was named chief strategy and information officer for Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif. He was managing director of Midtown Consulting in Orlando, Fla.

• Lee Health, Fort Myers, Fla., appointed Mary Andrews system director, government and community relations. She was director of economic development at Boise State University in Idaho.


Bill Gorski, M.D., will retire in July after 16 years as president and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford, Ill. Michael Born, M.D., SwedishAmerican’s chief medical officer and chief quality officer, will succeed him. Under Gorski’s leadership, projects were completed on the main campus, including construction of a heart hospital, modernization and expansion of the emergency department and construction of physician office towers. A community hospital in Belvidere, Ill., was acquired and renovated in 2010 with a focus on cost-effective ambulatory care and  24-hour emergency care. The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center opened in 2013 in conjunction with University of Wisconsin Health, and served as a catalyst for SwedishAmerican’s merger with UW Health in 2015.


JFK Health, Edison, N.J., and Hackensack Meridian Health, Monclair, N.J., executed a letter of intent regarding a potential affiliation.

CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason Health System, two health care providers in the Pacific Northwest, have signed a letter of intent to create a clinical partnership and strategic affiliation designed to expand access and improve care quality and safety across the Puget Sound region. They will remain separate organizations. CHI Franciscan will remain a faith-based health system and Virginia Mason will remain a nonreligious health system.

• The affilation of Catholic Medical Center, Huggins Hospital and Monadnock Community Hospital in New Hampshire is expected to be finalized by the end of this month. The affiliation will result in the formation of a new organization, GraniteOne Health, which will enable the hospitals to grow their clinical relationships, build economies of scale and improve value to patients. Each hospital will have representation on the GraniteOne Health board of trustees. GraniteOne Health should be operational in January.

Southwest Health System, McComb, Miss., and Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, announced a strategic partnership designed to offer patients access to more highly specialized, innovative care locally and to provide an opportunity to share best practices and protocols while increasing learning opportunities for physicians and leaders at both organizations. Each organization will retain its name, assets and employees, and the deal does not change the governance of either.