Johns Hopkins Health System and UHS are experiencing transitions at the top of their organizations.

John Carrigg was named president and CEO of UHS Hospitals, based in Binghamton, N.Y., effective June 1, and is expected to become president and CEO of UHS System on Jan. 1. He had been executive vice president and chief operating officer of UHS since 2013. He will succeed Matthew Salanger, who becomes a part-time senior strategic adviser to the organization. Salanger also will continue to serve on the board and its executive committee.

With more than 44 years of service to Johns Hopkins under his belt, Ronald R. Peterson has announced plans to retire as president of Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine at the end of this year.  He was chosen to be executive vice president and COO of the health system in 1995. A year later, he was named president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. When the school of medicine and health system came together under the Johns Hopkins Medicine banner, Peterson was appointed executive vice president of that new organization. Peterson was president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 19 years. He oversaw the opening of a new comprehensive cancer center and undertook one of the most expansive private building campaigns in Maryland history, culminating in two new state-of-the-art hospital towers for adult and pediatric patients. As president emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Health System, Peterson will be for at least one year a special adviser to the dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

Other appointments

  • John Couris will become president and CEO of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital in September. He has been president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County since 2010.
  • Dan Woods was appointed CEO for El Camino Hospital. Woods was president and CEO of Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, the flagship hospital of WellStar Health System in Georgia. El Camino Hospital is an acute care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif.
  • Kevin Coughlin became president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth (Mass.) on June 12. Coughlin, who joined BID–Plymouth in 2014 as senior vice president of system development, has been interim president and CEO since October 2016.
  • Jeffrey Graham was named president and CEO of Adena Health System, Chillicothe, Ohio. Graham has been president and CEO of Mercy Health’s East Market in the Cincinnati area.
  • Charles Button was appointed CEO of Regional Medical Center, Manchester, Iowa. He had been CEO of Star Valley Medical Center, Afton, Wyo., since 2012. 
  • Wade Johnson, CEO of Valor Health in Emmett, Idaho, will become CEO of St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Mont., on July 31. Johnson will succeed Fred Olson, who has been interim CEO since June 1, 2016.
  • Michele Chulick will become president and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center in Casper in July. President and CEO Vickie Diamond will retire on Aug. 1. Chulick was president of CHST Ventures, a division of Children's Health System of Texas.