9 hospital & health system chief learning officers to know

The role of chief learning officer is becoming more common at hospitals and healthcare organizations today. The CLO is in charge of several professional development aspects at the hospital and often oversees education programs.

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Here are nine individuals in charge of a hospital and health system's learning and development initiatives to know.

Aimee Allbritton, PhD. Vice President, Organization Development and CLO of Memorial Health System (Springfield, Ill.). Ms. Allbritton provides strategic leadership for developing, enhancing and maintaining employee engagement programs at Memorial Health System. She facilitates a talent management program with leadership competency development; identifying and developing individuals with leadership potential; and succession planning. Ms. Allbritton's experience includeds several leadership roles at Memorial Health System. She earned her doctorate in organization development at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., with a dissertation on leadership behaviors and operating methods for healthcare CEOs in transition.

Alfanso N. Cornish. System Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development and CLO of Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). Mr. Cornish has been with Norton Healthcare since March 2006 and is responsible for the leadership of Norton University staff, physician, leadership and executive development programs. He also heads the health system's e-learning initiatives and leads media services, career and succession planning as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mr. Cornish has more than 30 years of experience in the field of human resources, operations management, administration and training. He serves on the CLO Magazine's Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board and Talent Management Human Capital Executive Research Board.

Kathleen Gallo. Senior Vice President and CLO of Northwell Health (Great Neck, N.Y.). Ms. Gallo led the efforts to develop Northwell's Center for Learning and Innovation and Patient Safety Institute, which focuses on transforming the health system through workforce development. She is also the founding dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. In her role as CLO, Ms. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization and development of a comprehensive learning strategy. She has 25 years of experience in emergency nursing and held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island. She serves on the advisory boards for the executive program in work-based learning leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the IHI Open School for Health Professionals. Previously, Ms. Gallo was an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award Program.

Neil Jasani, MD, MBA. CLO and Vice President, Medical Affairs, Designated Institutional Official of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Dr. Jasani was appointed CLO of Christiana Care's Learning Institute in December 2015. He has extensive background in medical education and served as the program director for emergency medicine at Christiana Care Health System since 2007. His appointments also include an independent examiner for the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award. Dr. Jasani has experience as chief academic officer and is tasked with bringing innovation to the health system's academic mission. Dr. Jasani earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., and completed a physician executive MBA from the College of Business, University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Nancy Pennell, MA, PhD. Vice President and CLO of St. Charles Health System (Bend, Ore.). Ms. Pennell has more than 20 years of executive experience in healthcare consulting, operations, program development, strategic planning and change management. She currently heads cultural evolution at St. Charles and leads in team formation. She began working with St. Charles as an organizational development consultant in 2011 and took on the vice president and CLO role in January 2013. Her previous experience includes time as the senior director for organizational development and learning at Banner Health.

Paul Rumsey. Vice President and CLO of Parkland Hospital and Health System (Dallas). Mr. Rumsey has held the CLO position at Parkland Hospital and Health System since February 2016. He is charged with aligning the hospital's talent development and cross functional strategy with Parkland's 2020 Strategic Priorities. He facilitates strategic planning meetings and goals with the C-suite executive vice presidents and their direct reports. Mr. Rumsey also directs talent review and succession management strategy and implementation. His previous experience includes serving as vice president of global learning and development at TGI Friday's.

Stephanie Speights, PhD. Vice President and CLO of Children's Health (Dallas). Ms. Speights has more than 20 years of experience in the learning and development field. In her current role with Children's Health, she leads a team of learning professionals and organizational development consultants to meet the needs of the expanding health system. Ms. Speights provides talent development and learning solutions for Children's Health. She has previous experience in the financial services industry at Capital One and Washington Mutual Bank. She earned her doctorate in English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and master of arts in English at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Tod Tappert. Vice President, Chief of Staff and System CLO of Greenville Health System. Mr. Tappert joined Greenville Health System in 2007 and is responsible for leading the GHS Academy of Leadership and Professional Development as well as education and professional development initiatives for the health system's 15,000 employees. He is tasked with integrating the health system's principles of "conscious professionalism/conscious leadership" into the culture. He is the internal and external resource and speaker on a variety of healthcare leadership topics. Mr. Tappert is a 30-year veteran in health administration. He has experience as senior staff to the CEO at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and held leadership positions at The Joint Commission and Multiple Sclerosis Society's Greater Illinois Chapter.

David F. Woolwine, Jr. Vice President of Learning and Organizational Development of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). Mr. Woolwine is responsible for the integrated succession, talent review and talent development for the director level and above. He presents leaders with individual development plans, including attendance at the health system's ADVANCE programs, which focus on moving between leadership levels. He developed and published annual learning reports, including quantitative and qualitative metrics reflecting learning satisfaction and measurable outcomes of key strategic initiatives. The health system's learning opportunities also include virtual learning with eLearning modules and WebEx presentations featuring Sentara senior leadership. They are also publishing their first online class this fall.

*This list was updated on 10/20/2016 to remove former CLO of Orlando Health Lisa Cannata, who is no longer with Orlando Health.


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