Keeping Up

August 15, 2015


Organizations within Ascension of St. Louis have made these changes: Karen Springer to senior vice president, Ascension Health/Tennessee ministry market executive and president and chief executive of Saint Thomas Health of Nashville, Tenn., from president and chief operating officer of Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Mike Schatzlein to senior vice president, Ascension Health/group ministry operating executive, from Saint Thomas Health chief executive and Ascension Health ministry market leader for Indiana and Tennessee. James K. Beckmann Jr. to senior vice president and chief operating officer of Ascension Holdings of St. Louis.

Leslie D. Hirsch to president of Saint Peter's Healthcare System in New Brunswick, N.J., from president and chief executive of Saint Clare's Health System of Denville, N.J.


Mercy Health System of Conshohocken, Pa., has made these changes: Dr. Gary Zimmer to senior vice president and chief executive of Mercy Health System's Clinically Integrated Network, which includes a physician network and accountable care organization. Brian Burgess to senior vice president, strategy and business development for Mercy Health System.

Organizations within Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System have made these changes: Rick Tolson to chief people officer of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., and HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and Fr. Biju Chennala Kunjukutty to priest chaplain of HSHS Sacred Heart in Eau Claire.

Leslie Buddeke Smart to vice president of development for KentuckyOne Health of Louisville, Ky.

Denise M. Peterson to vice president, professional nursing practice and quality and chief nursing officer, Saint Francis Care, Hartford, Conn.

Dr. Kevin Bray to chief medical officer of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D.

R. Wayne Reid to chief operating officer of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital of Fairfield, Ohio.


Eugene "Gene" Woods, president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Health of Irving, Texas, has been named the chair-elect designate of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees.





Fr. Kunjukutty






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