Keeping Up — May Edition

May 2024













Trinity Health regions have announced these changes:

  • Shelleye Yaklin has retired as president of Trinity Health Grand Haven, a hospital that joined Trinity Health in 2022. Gary Allore succeeds Yaklin as president. Allore also will remain president of Trinity Health Muskegon and Shelby hospitals. John Foss, who is senior vice president of operations for Shelby Hospital, will lead day-to-day operations for both the Grand Haven and Shelby hospitals.
  • In the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic region, James Woodward plans to retire as president and CEO, effective Jan. 3.

Robert J. Erickson to Hospital Sisters Health System Wisconsin market president and CEO. Most recently, he was president and CEO of UnityPoint Health Trinity Regional Health System, which has a presence in Illinois and Iowa. He succeeds Brian Charlier, who retired. In addition to his market role, Erickson is president and CEO of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He also will oversee HSHS’s two other Wisconsin hospitals, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Facilities within CommonSpirit Health have made these changes:

  • Dr. Christina "Tina" Johnson to Dignity Health Sacramento, California, market president, from president and CEO of Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital. In her new role, she will oversee five Dignity Health hospitals in the Greater Sacramento area. The market leadership role comes as part of a statewide restructuring to better align with organizational goals of CommonSpirit Health, says a release. A search for a new Mercy General Hospital president and CEO is underway.  Michael Korpiel, the prior Sacramento market president, will be president and CEO of Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, California.
  • Katherine Vergos to Dignity Health Las Vegas market president as well as Siena Hospital campus president and CEO, effective May 12. Most recently, she was president of SSM Health’s Fond du Lac,
    Wisconsin, market and president of St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. At Dignity Health, Vergos succeeds Jon Van Boening, who is retiring.

Andrea Burch to president of Intermountain Health's Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, from interim president. She succeeds Scott Peek. He departed the role to become president of Intermountain Health's front range market as well as president of Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Burch will lead Lutheran Medical Center's move to its replacement location this summer.


St. Louis-based Ascension has made these changes: Michelle H. Kohler to executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective June 1; and Amber Sims to executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer.

Jan M. Barrett to executive director of Duluth Benedictine Ministries, the ministerial public juridic person for the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota.

Jill Hackenmueller to senior vice president, people development, for Benedictine in Minneapolis.

Dr. Kim Ruscher to chief medical officer for the PeaceHealth Oregon network.

Margaret M. Horvath to executive director of Providence Alaska Children's Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jason Demke to chief operating officer for Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Arkansas, part of Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy.

Marilyn Alejandro-Rodriguez to community health director for Mercy Health — Lorain in Ohio, part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.


Ascension Saint Thomas River Park in McMinnville, Tennessee, received a $7.6 million grant from the state of Tennessee. Ascension Saint Thomas will match that amount, bringing the total investment to $15.2 million. The hospital will use the funds to enhance various departments. Improvements will include relocating and expanding the emergency department and intensive care unit. Separately, Ascension Saint Thomas River Park will use a $138,000 donation from the Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation for additional upgrades.


Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa, 125 years.



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