Keeping Up

December 1, 2021



CommonSpirit Health's Dignity Health announced these changes in its greater Sacramento, California, market, effective Nov. 25:

  • Edmundo Castañeda is departing as president and chief executive of Mercy General Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital to pursue a new opportunity in Houston.
  • Dr. Brian Evans to president and chief executive of Mercy General Hospital in addition to his current role as president and chief executive of Mercy Hospital of Folsom. He will not continue as president and chief executive of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
  • Dr. Gregory Eberhart to interim president and chief executive of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He is chief medical officer of Mercy San Juan Medical Center.
  • Gena Bravo to interim president and chief executive of Woodland Memorial Hospital. She is chief operations officer and chief nurse executive.

Dr. David Meiners to president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. He replaces Steve Mackin, who is incoming president and chief executive of the hospital's parent, the Mercy system. Meiners most recently was chief administrative officer for Mercy Clinic and surgery department chair in Mercy's eastern Missouri region.

Ed Smith will retire as president and chief executive of St. Anthony Regional Hospital of Carroll, Iowa, in the summer. The St. Anthony board of directors is working to identify Smith's successor.

Organizations within Trinity Health have made these changes:

  • Damien Cabezas to president at Mercy Care, a community health center in Atlanta. He was chief executive of Horizon Behavioral Health of Lynchburg, Virginia. He replaces Alan Bradford, who retired.
  • Nancy Graebner-Sundling plans to retire in March as president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea of Michigan. A planning process is underway to name her successor.
  • Steve Kastner plans to retire as president and chief executive of Trinity Health Senior Communities, effective June 30. The organization is undertaking a national search for Kastner's successor.

Thomas Leahy to interim president of Mercy College of Health Sciences of Des Moines, Iowa, following the departure of the previous president. Leahy is vice president of business and regulatory affairs.

Providence St. Joseph Health and organizations within that system have made these changes:
  • Dr. Hoda Asmar to chief medical officer of Providence St. Joseph.
  • Dr. Daniel Carey to chief medical officer of the Providence Physician Enterprise team, effective after Jan. 1, and Prasanna Mohanty to chief operating officer of that team, effective Dec. 6.
  • Andy Chu to senior vice president of product and technology incubation at the Providence Digital Innovation Group.
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Washington, has made these changes: Susan Scott to chief operating officer and Adam Richards to chief nursing officer.

Deborah Dage to chief financial officer of Saint Francis Health System of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ascension has made these changes: Dr. Stacy Garrett-Ray to senior vice president and chief community impact officer; and Sally Hurt-Deitch to the newly created position of senior vice president of operations.

Judith "Jodi" Naderhoff to chief financial officer of the Carmelite System at Germantown, New York, effective July 1.

Covenant Health of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and a facility within that system have made these changes: Vamsi Dwaran to system vice president of digital health for Covenant, and Debra Anthoine to executive director of philanthropy for the foundation of St. Mary's Health System of Lewiston, Maine.

Organizations within CommonSpirit Health have made these changes: Ron Yolo to chief nursing officer of CommonSpirit Health's newly formed Southern California Division. Dianne Aroh to senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington.

Susan M. Marotta to general counsel of Calvary Hospital in Bronx, New York.

Nikki Rivers to chief nursing officer of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels in Texas.

Keith Waters to chief financial officer — vice president of finance for St. Mary's Healthcare of Amsterdam, New York.

Breanna Bork to executive director of the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center foundation. St. John is in Longview, Washington.

Jane Gobler to director of the foundations of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and of St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Dr. Jeff Ciaramita to senior vice president and chief physician executive of Mercy Clinic, a medical group connected with Mercy health system of Chesterfield, Missouri.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-Medical Center, San Antonio, 35 years.

The Mercy Medical Center Foundation of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has received a commitment for a $1 million gift from John, Cindy and Bailey Bloomhall of Cedar Rapids and Naples, Florida, to support the Family Caregivers Center of Mercy. The donation will partially fund the salaries and benefits of two new staff positions at the center over the course of five years. The positions will support family caregivers who are aiding a loved one who is living with dementia or another chronic condition.

Mercy Health, which is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, has received an $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Mercy will use the funding as a provider partner in the federal agency's "Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network." RETAIN providers are exploring return-to-work/stay-at-work strategies for workers who have nonoccupational illnesses or injuries. Mercy Health in Youngstown, Ohio, already had been taking part in an earlier phase of this pilot program through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, part of CHRISTUS Health, has received a $5 million gift from philanthropist Harvey E. Najim, through the Najim Charitable Foundation. The gift will fund a pediatric surgical center at the facility. Najim founded Star Data Systems in 1980, renaming that organization Sirius Computer Solutions in 1991. He started the foundation with the proceeds of a 2006 deal with a private equity firm. The foundation aids children's charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area, including those focused on providing kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical treatment, and early childhood education.

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