17 hospitals, health systems with newly created executive roles in 2018 so far

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Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospitals and health systems created new executive positions in 2018.

They are listed below beginning with the most recent.

1. New Orleans-based Children's Hospital selected Raymond G. Watts, MD, to serve as pediatrician-in-chief.

2. Children's Health in Dallas selected Michael Wiggins to serve as senior vice president of system operations.

3. Waconia, Minn.-based Ridgeview Medical Center appointed Alvaro Sanchez, MD, its CMO.

4. Children's Hospital Los Angeles selected Omkar P. Kulkarni to serve as chief innovation officer.

5. Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System named Keith Persinger its first-ever chief performance improvement officer.

6. UC San Francisco selected Aleksandar Rajkovic, MD, PhD, to serve as chief genomics officer of UCSF Health.

7. St. Louis-based SSM Health tapped Steve Little to serve as its regional COO, effective May 1.

8. Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health named Mike Patterson market president in Western Arizona, effective April 1.

9. Cincinnati-based TriHealth appointed Kelley Ealy chief information security officer, effective March 5.

10. San Diego-based Scripps Health appointed Ghazala Sharieff, MD, its corporate vice president and chief experience officer.

11. Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health selected Neil Weissman, MD, to serve as chief scientific officer.

12. Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn., tapped Geoffrey Lifferth, MD, to serve as CMO.

13. Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Ore., selected Nicole Williams to serve as COO.

14. Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System selected Amy Carrier to serve as COO of Richmond-based Bon Secours Virginia.

15. Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System selected Rena Freeman to serve as vice president of total rewards.

16. Morgantown, W.Va.-based Mon Health named Mark Gilliam CIO and Lisa Simon chief transformation officer.

17. Northwestern Medicine's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago selected Firas Wehbe, MD, PhD, to serve as chief research informatics officer.

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