5 health systems zeroing in on exec teams

At least five health systems announced changes to executive ranks since Dec. 1. 

The changes come as hospitals continue to grapple with financial challenges, leading some organizations to cut jobs and implement other operational adjustments. Changes to executive ranks include reorganizing executive responsibilities and executive appointments.

The following changes were announced since Dec. 1 and are summarized below, beginning with the most recent, with links to more comprehensive coverage of the changes. 

1. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare announced nine executive changes Jan. 19, including the retirement of Executive Vice President and CFO Daniel Cancelmi at the end of 2023. United Surgical Partners International President and CEO Brett Brodnax is also retiring at year's end. Mr. Cancelmi has agreed to onboard and mentor his successor, while Mr. Brodnax has offered support in a nonmanagement role after this year. All nine of the leadership changes are listed here.  

2. Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health is reorganizing executive leadership for its hospitals, which will be grouped into three divisions instead of five. Each division will be overseen by one leader. The system is also implementing executive job cuts. Richard Webster, MSN, RN, president of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, and Alison Ferren, president and COO of Abington (Pa.) Health, are among the executives exiting Jefferson Health.

3. Cleveland-based MetroHealth made changes to its executive team under the health system's new president and CEO, Airica Steed, EdD, RN. Jane Platten left her role as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at the end of 2022 "by mutual agreement." MetroHealth is not replacing the chief administrative officer position. The health system also hired Dr. Olusegun Ishmael to serve as COO and president of the hospital division, a newly created role.

4. Gainesville, Fla.-based UF Health Shands promoted two executives after revamping leadership responsibilities. The hospital has separated the chief medical officer and chief of staff responsibilities, which were previously combined into one role. Timothy Morey, MD, was promoted to chief medical officer, while Jennifer Hunt, MD, was selected as chief of staff. 

5. Hutchinson (Kan.) Regional Healthcare System eliminated the chief strategy officer position as part of an executive team reorganization. The position was eliminated Dec. 9, affecting Charles "Chuck" Welch. Mr. Welch had served as chief strategy officer since October 2021. Meanwhile, the organization also hired an interim CEO, Jeff Egbert.

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