Keeping Up

March 15, 2022






Scott Wester has transition from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System market president for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and president of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center of Baton Rouge. He now is a system executive focused on the new strategic partnership between FMOLHS and Louisiana State University, as well as on statewide advocacy. Beth O'Brien, chief strategy officer of FMOLHS, is interim market president.

Kyle Grate to president of SSM Health – St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri. He was vice president of operations and interim president at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis, Missouri.

Facilities within CommonSpirit Health have announced these changes: Dr. Scott Neeley to president and chief executive of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, California. He was vice president and chief medical officer of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, California. Michael Schnieders has retired as president of CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska.

Timothy Charles plans to retire as president and chief executive of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, effective
Dec. 31.

Karl Keeler, MercyOne Central Iowa president, and Phil Harrop, MercyOne Central Iowa interim chief operating officer, are leaving the MercyOne system to pursue other opportunities. As MercyOne seeks new leadership, Mike Wegner, executive vice president, chief financial and operations officer, is interim MercyOne Central Iowa president; and Dr. Hijinio Carreon, chief medical executive, is interim MercyOne Central Iowa chief operating officer. Both Wegner and Carreon will continue in their roles during the transition.

Dr. Andrea Teague to vice president of cancer services for CHRISTUS Health of Irving, Texas.

Organizations within CommonSpirit Health have made these changes: Dr. Sam Hessami to chief medical officer of Dignity Health–St. Bernardine Medical Center of San Bernardino, California. Cindi Richter to director of the CHI Health Good Samaritan Foundation, which is affiliated with CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska.

Dr. Lisa Ivanjack to chief medical officer of PeaceHealth Medical Group, Vancouver, Washington.

CHA has made these changes: Jill Fisk to director, mission services; and Margaret Kriso to governance administrator/board liaison.

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PeaceHealth of Vancouver, Washington, has received a $50 million donation from Peter H. Paulsen to help expand PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington. The gift is the largest in PeaceHealth history. A future proposed Peter Paulsen Pavilion at the hospital will significantly expand health care access with a new emergency department and advanced care for women, children and newborns. Paulsen is a retired real estate developer. Paulsen made his gift through PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center's newly launched Stronger Together fundraising campaign.

French Hospital Medical Center of San Luis Obispo, California, has received a $500,000 gift for the Beyond Health campaign from John Couch, a former Apple executive and author. The donation will go toward the hospital's $150 million expansion project, which includes the addition of a new patient care tower.

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