Steven E. Leonard was appointed president and CEO Designate for the Peninsula Regional Health System and the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He will succeed Peggy Naleppa, R.N., who is retiring after a 15-year career with PRHS and PRMC, the last eight years as its president and CEO. Leonard, current vice president of operations optimization and innovation at PRMC, will work closely with Naleppa through Jan. 4, 2018, on an executive leadership succession plan that has been established to ensure a smooth transition.

John Whiteside has been named CEO for Los Alamos (N.M.) Medical Center. He had been interim CEO since August.

Christy Hockaday became CEO of Assumption Community Hospital, a subsidiary of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La., in January. She has been administrator of shared services for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and will retain those responsibilities in addition to her new duties at Assumption Community Hospital. Hockaday succeeds Wayne Arboneaux, who retired at Assumption Community Hospital, where he had been CEO for 20 years. 

Jonathan Curtright became interim CEO of University of Missouri Health Care in February. He will continue in his duties as COO. Prior to this appointment at MU, Curtright was COO of Indiana University Health, where he led Methodist and University hospitals, and COO of University of Kentucky HealthCare in Lexington.

Ram Raju, M.D., has been appointed senior vice president and community health investment officer at Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, N.Y. Raju was president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals from January 2014 until November 2016.

LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tenn, appointed several people to new roles: Melissa Waddey, former senior vice president, operations strategy and integration, was promoted to president, ambulatory and operations services; Jeff Seraphine, previously president of the Eastern Group of hospitals, was named chief development officer; Victor Giovanetti, formerly president of the Western Group of hospitals, was named Eastern Group president; and Robert Klein, previously COO of the Central Group of hospitals, was promoted to Western Group president.

Krysla Karlix was named COO of Medical City Green Oaks Hospital, Dallas. She succeeds Pam Whitley, who retired. Karlix was CEO at Garland (Texas) Behavioral Hospital. She also was executive director at the Medical City McKinney Wysong campus, under the management of Medical City Green Oaks Hospital.

Kerry Swanson will become president of hospital operations for SSM Health’s Southern Illinois region on April 3. Swanson, the current president of SSM Health St Mary’s Hospital–Janesville (Wis.), succeeds Phil Gustafson, who retired on March 17. Gustafson had held the role since 2008.

Zubin J. Eapen, M.D., became chief medical officer of CareMore Health System, Cerritos, Calif., in February. He succeeds Sachin H. Jain, M.D., who was appointed CareMore’s president last April. Eapen was associate professor of medicine of the division of cardiology and medical director of the Same-day Access Heart Failure Clinic at Duke University.

The University of Virginia Health System named Regina Verde compliance and privacy officer. She has more than 18 years of experience in health care compliance, including previous working experience as a corporate compliance and privacy officer in both large academic medical centers and smaller community health systems.