16 recent hospital, health system COO moves

The following hospital and health system COO moves have been shared with or reported by Becker's since Dec. 14:

Editor's note: This live webpage was updated June 3 and will continue to be updated. 

April 19 to June 3

1. Isabella Chisholm was named COO of Caldwell, Idaho-based West Valley Medical Center.

2. John Greely was named senior vice president and COO of the University of Maryland Baltimore (Md.) Washington Medical Center.

3. Sarah Frost was named chief of hospital operations for Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan and president of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. 

4. Tracey Lewis Taylor was named COO of Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Health. 

5. John Gizdic was selected as Novant Health's COO.

6. Brett Esrock, executive vice president, CFO and COO of Health First, is leaving the Rockledge, Fla.-based organization following the hiring of an external candidate for the CEO role. Gaithersburg, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare announced in April that its president and CEO, Terry Forde, will leave the helm on Aug. 2 to become president and CEO of Health First.

7. Harry Weis, president and CEO of Truckee, Calif.-based Tahoe Forest Health System, was placed on paid administrative leave May 16. The decision followed his previous announcement of his retirement date of Jan. 2, 2026. COO Louis Ward was appointed acting CEO.

8. Frank Korich has shared plans to retire in July as COO of Geneva, N.Y.-based UR Medicine Finger Lakes Health. Lara Turbide will succeed Mr. Korich.

9. Bob Ortmyer was named president and COO of both Middlebury, Vt.-based Porter Medical Center and Elizabethtown (N.Y.) Community Hospital.

10. LeighAnn Sidone, DNP, RN, was named president and COO of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

11. Michael Stern was named president of West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health and will continue to serve as COO. 

12. Kevin Poole was selected as COO of AdventHealth Apopka (Fla.).

13. Jacalyn DeHarte, BSN, was named COO and chief nursing officer of Methodist Hospital Atascosa in San Antonio, Texas.

14. Adam Cheriff, MD, was appointed COO of Weill Cornell Medicine's Physician Organization, based in New York City.

15. Tina Griffin, DPN, RN, is retiring as COO and vice president of patient care services of Athol (Mass.) Hospital, part of Gardner, Mass.-based Heywood Healthcare.

16. Chris Jones has resigned as COO and interim CEO of St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid, Okla., part of King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services.

March 20 to April 18

1. Peter Grevelding was promoted to COO of Wallingford, Conn.-based Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

2. Kevin Giordano was named president of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and COO of Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital Physicians Organization. He was also named senior vice president of operations for Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham.

3. Sajit "Saj" Pullarkat was named COO of Dignity Health's St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif., and St. John's Hospital Camarillo (Calif.).

4. Jason Demke was named COO of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith (Ark.).

5. Diana Richardson, president of Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, is exiting her role. Phil Okala, COO of Tufts Medicine, was selected as interim president of Tufts Medical Center. 

6. Megan Remark was named COO of the HealthPartners care group. HealthPartners is based in Bloomington, Minn.

7. Bruno Giacomuzzi retired as senior vice president and COO of two hospitals in Kentucky: St. Elizabeth Florence and Williamstown-based St. Elizabeth Grant.

Feb. 20 to March 19

1. Anthony Saul, CFO of Atlanta-based Grady Health System, is adding on the duties and title of COO.

2. Justin Turner was appointed COO of Point Pleasant, W. Va.-based Rivers Health, part of Huntington, W. Va.-based Marshall Health Network.

3. Aaron Hajart was named COO of Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J., part of West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health.

4. Michael Ash, MD, is promoted to president and COO of Nebraska Medicine.

5. Carlos Vasquez was named vice president and COO of Franciscan Health Crawfordsville (Ind.), in addition to his role at Franciscan Health Rensselaer (Ind.).

6. Mark Amox was named COO of HCA Florida North Florida Hospital in Gainesville.

7. Tyler Winks, who previously held the interim COO position, is transitioning into the permanent role of executive vice president and COO at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System.

8. Joe Hurshe, former COO of Ascension Michigan, has accepted a new role as president of Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. 

9. Mike Hoyt was named COO of Riverside (Calif.) Community Hospital.

10. Garrick Richards was named COO of Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Medical Group, part of BayCare Health System.

11. Vera Hall, MSN, was named COO of Covington, Ky.-based St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

12. Tom Manion was named COO of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

13. Stacy Harberson was named COO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Ark.

Jan. 10 to Feb. 19

1. Crystal Farmer, MSN, RN, was selected to serve as both COO and chief nursing officer of Fishersville, Va.-based Augusta Health.

2. Tom Patrias was named COO of University Medical Center New Orleans. 

3. C.J. Marbley, COO and chief nursing officer at New Orleans East Hospital, will expand his role to serve as vice president of nursing services for University Medical Center New Orleans.

4. Gary Havican, DHSc, was named COO of Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based Catholic Health.

5. Heather Havericak was named COO of Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

6. Jimmy Bolanos was appointed COO of AdventHealth South Overland Park (Kan.). 

7. Brian Floyd, RN, president of ECU Health Medical Center and COO of ECU Health in Greenville, N.C., will focus time solely on his COO responsibilities.

8. Karteek Bhavsar was promoted to senior vice president and COO of Valley Health System.

9. Monica Smith, MSN, RN, resigned as COO of Columbia, Mo.-based Boone Health. 

10. Michael Garcia, RN, COO of Houston Methodist Hospital, was selected as the new CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital.

11. Jacob Stercula was named COO of Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

Dec. 14 to Jan. 9

1. Jim Willis was named COO of Richmond, Va.-based VCU Medical Center.

2. Melissa Emerson, BSN, RN, is the new COO of Boynton Beach, Fla.-based Bethesda Hospital. 

3. Keith Biddle, COO of Point Pleasant, W.Va.-based Rivers Health, will retire from healthcare in mid-January. 

4. Andrew Pete was named COO of Fountain Valley (Calif.) Regional Hospital.

5. Dave Estorge is the permanent COO of St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

6. Lydia Hendrix is the new COO of UF Health St. John's in St. Augustine, Fla. 

7. Ruth Brooks was named COO of Farmington. N.M.-based San Juan Regional Medical Center.

8. Jessica Glover was appointed assistant vice president and COO of Orlando (Fla.) Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

9. Robert "Bo" Cofield, DrPH, was named COO of Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona Healthcare. 

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