Keeping Up

February 15, 2022
Fr. Alaribe


Organizations within CommonSpirit Health made these changes: E.J. Kuiper to chief executive of CHI Health and president of CommonSpirit Health's Midwest division, which includes 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health centers, and more than 150 employed physician practices in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. Kuiper was president and chief executive of Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois, a nine-hospital division. Gena Bravo to president and chief executive of Dignity Health's Woodland Memorial Hospital in California, from interim president. She previously was the hospital's chief operations officer and chief nurse executive.

Steve Mackin, who will become president and chief executive of Mercy of Chesterfield, Missouri, on April 1, has announced his senior leadership team, with the changes already in effect:

  • Shannon Sock to Mercy's chief operating officer and chief strategist. He was executive vice president and chief strategy and chief financial officer.
  • Dr. John Mohart to president of Mercy Communities, a position that covers Mercy's hospital operations. He was senior vice president and chief clinical officer.
  • Cheryl Matejka to senior vice president and chief financial officer. She was senior vice president of financial operations.
  • Dave Thompson to senior vice president, strategic integration. He was senior vice president of strategic finance.
  • Ajay Pathak to senior vice president and chief strategic ventures officer. He was chief strategic ventures officer.
  • In addition to those named, the following executives will continue as members of Mercy's senior leadership team: Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer, executive vice president, chief administrative officer; Dr. Jeff Ciaramita, senior vice president, chief physician executive; Dr. Gavin Helton, senior vice president, population health; Joe Kelly, executive vice president, transformation and business development officer; Kevin Minder, senior vice president, mission and community health; Betty Jo Rocchio, senior vice president and chief nursing officer; and Phil Wheeler, senior vice president and general counsel.
  • Separately, Dr. Ray Weick to president of Mercy Clinic St. Louis and Mercy Clinic South. He will continue as interim Mercy Clinic president in the Joplin and Kansas communities.

Carol Campbell to senior vice president, consumer experience, for Ascension of St. Louis.

Sarah Ness to executive vice president of people and culture at PeaceHealth of Vancouver, Washington.

Vamsi Dwaram to system vice president of digital health for Covenant Health of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Facilities within CommonSpirit Health have made these changes: Kim Brown Sims to chief nursing officer for Dignity Health's Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. Kiley Grzywa to vice president of patient care services for CHI Health St. Francis, which serves the communities of Breckenridge, Minnesota, and Wahpeton, North Dakota. Carmel Jones to president of the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group in Lexington, Kentucky.

Shana McClone to chief nursing officer of HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Kenneth D. McCoy Jr. to Providence St. Joseph Health Alaska's first regional chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer. Providence Alaska is based in Anchorage.

Angela Swearingen to chief operating officer of St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

Fr. Felix Okechukwu Alaribe to vice president of mission integration for CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.

The Federal Communications Commission has awarded Mercy of Chesterfield, Missouri, a $2.2 million grant to expand and upgrade telehealth services for patients across Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations of Lexington, Kentucky, and three foundations of CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities have secured grants for "Telehealth Solutions for Rural Kentucky." The funds will go toward scaling telehealth to 50 Kentucky counties and offering home health services to more than 3,000 patients.

As part of this work, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations has received $403,191 from the Federal Communications Commission Telehealth COVID-19 Round Two Program.

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation and the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation each received $223,879 in federal grants.


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