Stephen Lawler will become president of the North Carolina Hospital Association on July 1. He is senior vice president of the regional group for Carolinas HealthCare System based in Charlotte, N.C. Before joining Carolinas HealthCare, he filled numerous leadership roles over 20 years at Vidant Health, including seven years as president of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Other recent appointments and retirements

In Louisville, KentuckyOne Health announced a change to its leadership structure. Ruth Brinkley has decided to leave her role as president and CEO, effective July 14. Chuck Neumann, current interim president of University of Louisville Hospital, will become interim president and CEO of KentuckyOne. Brinkley will work with Neumann in an advisory role through mid-September. Brinkley has been CEO of KentuckyOne since 2012.

Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, Fla., appointed David Ottati president and CEO of the Central Florida Division-North Region. He was CEO for Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares. Abel Biri succeeded him as CEO of Florida Hospital Waterman on May 30. Ottati came to Adventist Health System in 1996 as a management resident and was CEO of Florida Hospital Flagler from 2006 to 2013. Biri, who joined the Adventist system in 1996, was vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Hospital Orlando.

Michael Harlovic is slated to become president and CEO of Oswego (N.Y.) Health July 3. He has more than 31 years of health care experience, having started as a registered nurse and advancing to president and CEO of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Joseph Mitchell will become CEO of Lafayette (La.) General Health's Acadia General Hospital on June 26. Interim CEO Glenn Dailey will return to his role as associate administrator. Mitchell was president of Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison, Ohio. 

Kelly Linden became CEO of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., in May. She was executive vice president and COO of St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif. St. Mary is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, an organization formed last year, uniting Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health system, based in Irvine, Calif.

Chris Peek became president and CEO of CaroMont Health, Gastonia, N.C., in May. Peek was deputy county manager and chief of staff for the Mecklenburg County Government in North Carolina.

Bob Ritz was named CEO of Mercy Health Network in West Des Moines, Iowa. He had been president of Mercy Des Moines since 2013. Ritz succeeds Dave Vellinga, who announced his retirement as CEO in November 2016.

Imran Andrabi, M.D., is slated to become president and CEO of ThedaCare, Appleton, Wis., on June 19. He succeeds Dean Gruner, M.D., who retired in October 2016 after leading the system for nine years. Andrabi had been president and CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo (Ohio) region.

Larry Antonucci, M.D., becomes president and CEO of Lee Health, Fort Myers, Fla., this month. He has been Lee Health COO since 2011. He succeeds Jim Nathan, who stepped down as president, but will remain as a board resource for the rest of his contract period, which ends March 2019.

Brian Marger was appointed CEO of TriStar Health’s TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn. He was COO of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Stephen Daugherty became CEO of HCA’s Coliseum Medical Centers, Macon, Ga., on May 1. He had been interim CEO since January and CEO of Coliseum Northside Hospital, also in Macon, since 2014.

Jay de los Reyes was appointed CEO of Lake Huron Medical Center, Port Huron, Mich. He was interim CEO of Memorial Hospital of Salem County, N.J. Previously, he was COO of Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind.

Hoyt Skabelund was named CEO of Banner Health’s Sterling (Colo.) Regional MedCenter. He was CEO of Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, Nev.

Shawn Lerch was named CEO of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac, Wis. He was CEO for five years at Miners’ Colfax Medical Center in Raton, N.M.

Chris Thomas was appointed CEO of North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Mont. She had been COO of the hospital for the last three years. Thomas replaces Tate Kreitinger, who has taken on additional outreach oversight responsibilities at Kalispell Regional Healthcare in addition to his role as CEO of The HealthCenter.

Rex McKinney was named president and CEO for Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg, Ind. He was vice president for IU Health, where he led efforts to improve patient access.

Donovan Blackburn was appointed assistant CEO for Pikeville (Ky.) Medical Center. He was the Pikeville city manager.

Paul Sierzenski, M.D., was named vice president and chief medical officer, acute services, for Renown Health, Reno, Nev. He spent the last 17 years in a number of leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware. Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, nonprofit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California.

Rachel Rosenblum was appointed COO of Atrius Health in Massachusetts. She joined Atrius Health as vice president of business development in February 2016. Previously, she was vice president of clinical program design and business development at New England Baptist Hospital, also in Masschusetts.

Rosemary Ventura, M.D., was named New York-Presbyterian’s first chief nursing informatics officer in May. For the past four years, Ventura has been director of nursing informatics at New York-Presbyterian. Prior to that, she was director of IT clinical services at Health Quest in New York state.

Jerald Novak became the chief people officer of the University of Vermont Health Network, Burlington, in May. The position replaces the former chief human resources officer function. Novak had led human resources for global assets at Biogen in Cambridge, Mass.

Dave Kapaska, M.D., regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, S.D., since October 2010 will retire on June 30. David Flicek, chief administrative officer of Avera Medical Group, will succeed him and will continue his role with the medical group. Kapaska oversaw a 545-bed tertiary hospital in Sioux Falls, 14 community hospitals, more than 70 primary and specialty care clinics and long-term care facilities, as well as fitness and sports centers. Kapaska also sat on the Avera Health Operations Council.

After nearly 13 years as president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, M.D., announced that he will begin a succession process to transition out of the top executive role later this year. During his tenure, Cleveland Clinic has grown into an $8.5 billion health system with locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada, Abu Dhabi, and, in 2020, London. It has become Ohio's largest employer with more than 50,000 caregivers and is considered a global leader in clinical outcomes, patient experience, innovation and wellness. The Governance Committee has asked Cosgrove to continue on in an advisory role.

Steve Ralph will retire after 22 years as president and CEO of Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. He has been at the hospital for 30 years, and has helped it to become a regional leader in innovative patient care and outcomes with an emphasis on delivering care with kindness and dignity. Once the new CEO is hired, Ralph will remain with Huntington Hospital as a senior advisor to his successor and the board of directors.

Jack Ivie will retire as president of Dignity Health’s Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital on June 30. He started his health care career in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist practicing at St. John’s Regional Hospital in Oxnard, Calif. Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Ivie’s effort to further the Dignity Health mission recently earned community accolades for Glendale Memorial, including the 2016 Armenian American Medical Society Legacy Award and the 2017 Glendale Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Partner of the Year.