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 omore 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.
Two Adventist Health System, Altamonte Springs, Fla., executives took on new CEO responsibilities. Adventist Health System 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 in 1996, was vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Hospital Orlando.
Other CEO job changes
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 to be a board resource for the rest of his contract period, which ends in March 2019.