Keeping Up

September 1, 2023








Dr. Richard R. Vath plans to retire in June as president and CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a position he has held since 2019. He has worked as a physician and in health care administration for more than 40 years. FMOLHS has secured executive search firm WittKieffer and has formed a committee to select his successor.

Avera Health has made these changes: Doug Ekeren is transitioning out of the position of regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital of Mitchell, South Dakota, in the next year. He will continue as regional president and CEO of the Avera Sacred Heart region that includes the Yankton, South Dakota, hospital and surrounding facilities. Dr. Hilary Rockwell, who was chief medical officer at Avera Queen of Peace, succeeds Ekeren as regional president and CEO of that facility.

John Emery to president of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center of Mechanicsville, Virginia, and Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital of Kilmarnock, Virginia. He was president of Bon Secours Southside Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia, and Bon Secours Southern Virginia Medical Center in Emporia, Virginia.

Claudio Ferraro to president of Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph of Wichita, Kansas, from Ascension Medical Group Via Christi chief operating officer. Ferraro replaces Robyn Chadwick, who retired Aug. 31.

Russell J. Woolley to president and CEO of CHI Mercy Health in Roseburg, Oregon, effective Oct. 2. He succeeds Kelly Morgan, who has retired. Woolley was vice president and chief operating officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health's St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington. The facility is part of CommonSpirit Health.

CommonSpirit Health and one of its facilities have made these changes: Lilicia Bailey to senior executive vice president and chief people officer. Dr. Charlie Abraham to chief medical officer, Dignity Health — St. Bernardine Medical Center San Bernardino, California. Ardel Guillamas Avelino to vice president and chief operating officer of Dignity Health — St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California.

Catherine Codispoti to senior vice president and chief people officer of Mercy of Chesterfield, Missouri, beginning Dec. 1.

Corinne R. Francis to Trinity Health executive vice president and chief mission integration officer, effective Oct. 23.

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