Other C-Suite Job Changes

• Philip W. Guarneschelli was appointed president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System, Harrisburg, Pa. He had been senior vice president and COO, and has been with PinnacleHealth for more than 30 years.

• Karima Bentounsi was appointed CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been with Weiss since 2012 and served as interim CEO since January. Before that, she was chief operating officer and was a key leader in developing the hospital’s Gender Confirmation program, one of five in the country. Previously, she was senior director of operations at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

• Dean Alexander was named president and CEO of Christus Santa Rosa Health System, San Antonio. He was market executive vice president for TeamHealth’s Central Group in Nashville.

• Owen Bailey, COO of USA Health since March 2016, was named CEO and senior associate vice president for medical affairs. Bailey will be responsible for the management and operation of the University of South Alabama hospitals and outpatient centers.

• Presence Health in Chicago named Robert J. Erickson president of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center–Joliet. He was CEO at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

• Jason Wells was named president and CEO of Adventist Health’s Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, Calif. He has worked for 11 years with Adventist Health System, and had been COO of the physician enterprise and vice president of experience at Park Ridge Health, a 103-bed hospital near Asheville, N.C.

• St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, La., appointed Austin Reeder CEO in February. Reeder was vice president of service lines and operations at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La.

• Kent Bishop, M.D., became chief experience officer for ProMedica, Toledo, Ohio, on March 1. In this newly created role, he will lead ProMedica’s systemwide focus on the patient and family experience throughout all touchpoints. Bishop, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, is also president of ProMedica’s women’s service line.

• Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, appointed Orson Mason chief diversity and inclusion officer. Mason has been with IU Health for more than 18 years and was vice president of human resources. In his new position, Orson will develop and lead a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion throughout the IU Health system, partnering with key system and community leaders as well as a new statewide Diversity Inclusion Task Force.

• Medical City Plano, part of Medical City Healthcare, named Patrick Rohan COO. He came from HCA’s Plantation General Hopsital where he served as COO since 2013.

• Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Health, appointed Harry R. Phillips III, M.D., chief medical officer. He is also professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, associate director of the Duke Heart Center, and chief medical officer of Duke Network Services for Duke University Health System.

• Colette Menzel was named chief financial officer of Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster, Calif. For the past six years, she had been vice president of finance for Corra, an e-commerce agency with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

• Gina Marone, R.N., was appointed vice president of health care services and chief nurse executive for Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. She will have oversight of nursing for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab and Willowcrest. In addition, she will have administrative responsibility for the emergency department. Marone was vice president of clinical operations at multiple New Jersey locations for MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center.


Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association President and CEO Lynn Nicholas will retire at the end of 2017. "For the past decade as president and CEO of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, Lynn has been among the most influential voices on health care policy and strategy in the Commonwealth," said Board Chair Keith Hovan. "She has worked collaboratively and tirelessly to protect access to high-quality, affordable health care for patients. Under Lynn’s leadership, MHA has provided an equal voice to all patients and providers no matter the circumstances."

In Memoriam

• H. Robert Cathcart, administrator at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital for 43 years until his retirement in 1991, and a health care leader who helped to shape American Hospital Association policy, died at 92. Cathcart served as AHA chairman in 1976, received the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1983 for his contributions to the health care field and was inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame in 1997. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack called Cathcart “one of the health care giants. Much of the AHA’s movement during the second half of the 20th century toward a vision of hospitals as grand instruments for community service, of pushing clinical services into the community beyond the walls of the hospital, had Bob Cathcart’s fingerprints all over it.”