Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, Fla., overhauled its top management structure after naming a new CEO and chief operating officer.

Terry Shaw was appointed president and CEO in December. He previously worked as executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer,  succeeded Don Jernigan, who retired after 10 years of leading the system. And Lars Houmann, executive vice president for Adventist Health System and president and CEO of its Florida Division, was named COO.

Shortly after those changes were announce, the system unveiled the Adventist Health System Cabinet, as it reformed itself into three distinct divisions from a previous two. The changes were made to allow the system to "focus much of its efforts on four key priorities: capital stewardship, consistent clinical delivery, strategic development and operational integration," according to a news release. Shaw has been with Adventist since 1982, serving in numerous roles, including director of Florida Hospital in Orlando.

HCA also saw some changes to management across its system. Zach McCluskey became CEO of HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond in December. He was CEO of of HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital, also in Richmond. Lance Jones was promoted to CEO of HCA Capital Division's StoneSprings Hospital Center in Loudoun County, Va., on Jan. 1. He was CEO of Coliseum Medical Centers, a member of HCA. Coliseum Northside Hospital CEO Stephen J. Daugherty will become interim CEO of Coliseum Health System. And HCA Far West Division named Jeremy S. Bradshaw CEO of MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. He assumed responsibility of the 340-bed, acute care hospital on Jan. 1. Bradshaw was CEO of UHS Desert Springs Hospital, also in Las Vegas.

Additional Appointments

• Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has named Katherine A. Johnson president. She joined Sentara Healthcare in June 2016 as vice president and COO of SNVMC and in August began the day-to-day oversight of the hospital during the search for a new president. Prior to joining Sentara, Johnson spent eight years as president of Novant Health Thomasville (N.C.) Medical Center. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, nonprofit community hospital in Prince William County, Va.

Scott Briner was appointed CEO of Sweeny (Texas) Community Hospital. He had been vice president of professional services at CHI St. Luke’s Health–Brazosport in Lake Jackson, Texas.

• Lutheran Health Network named Aaron Garofola CEO of Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had been interim CEO since August. Garofola had been CEO of Lutheran Health Network’s Bluffton (Ind.) Regional Medical Center since 2012. Garofola replaces Chad Towner who became president and CEO of the multihospital Saint Joseph Health System in Mishawaka, Ind.

Andre Boyd became executive vice president of the hospital division of New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. He was CEO of Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Fla. He succeeds John Gizdic who was promoted to CEO of NHRMC. Gizdic assumed his new role on Jan. 1.

R. Scott Latimer has been appointed vice president, financial planning and strategic transactions, for Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. Lastimer is joining Einstein after 34 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with health care organizations.

Angie Bridges, R.N, was appointed CEO of Mount Carmel Rehabilitation Hospital, which is scheduled to open in April in Westerville, Ohio. The facility is a partnership between HealthSouth Corp. and Mount Carmel Health System. Bridges was chief nursing officer and interim administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati.

• University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va., named Jeffrey Keller as its first chief innovation officer. His role is to quickly identify, develop and determine the effectiveness of new technologies and treatments. Keller has worked in biomedical research, business and the development of early-stage technologies. He has a doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Vanderbilt University and performed postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David H. Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research.


• The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System’s new medical center in New Orleans activated all of its outpatient services in late 2016. The 1.7 million-square-foot facility replaces critical medical infrastructure irreparably damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Located on a 34-acre campus adjacent to the new University Medical Center New Orleans, Louisiana State University Health Science Center and Tulane Medical Center, the new VA medical center is part of an expanding medical district on the edge of the central business district in New Orleans. Designed and constructed for maximum resiliency, the facility can remain fully operational during a major storm or natural disaster, with enough provisions and accommodations for up to 1,000 staff and patients for five days. Critical health care functions, including the emergency department, are located at least 21 feet above the base flood elevation, and travel from building to building can take place entirely indoors. The campus also features an emergency transport heliport and boat dock and is designed with a full backup power system and the capacity to handle double inpatient occupancy in times of disaster. It was constructed by Clark/McCarthy Healthcare Partners, a joint venture of Clark Construction Group LLC, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc., with local partners Landis Construction and Woodward Design+Build.

Medical City Dallas announced plans for a $125 million Women’s Hospital that will add five floors to the top of one of its care towers, and will feature a total of 222 private patient rooms. Patient suites will feature a larger bedroom for mothers, a room for families and a spalike bathroom. The suites will accommodate families for overnight stays, allow easy access to a nursery on the same floor, and include such concierge amenities as upgraded linens, chef-prepared meals, family meal options and city views. Construction is expected to be complete in March 2018 with additional patient rooms opening in April 2018.