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American Academy of Pediatrics names senior VP, and more | MED MOVES


Texas A&M names a vice chancellor for health, and other leaders take new roles.

Nivedita Mohanty, MD, has been named senior vice president of child health finance and quality of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Dr. Nivedita Mohanty

The AAP says she’ll help lead initiatives on healthcare financing, quality improvement, and health information technology. She’ll begin her new role in August.

Mark Del Monte, the CEO and executive vice president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Mohanty will be a valuable part of the organization’s leadership team.

“Dr. Mohanty brings significant experience in clinical care, health care quality and patient safety, health information technology and research that will be critical to the Academy’s success in these initiatives,” Del Monte said in a statement.

Mohanty has been working as chief health impact officer of AllianceChicago, a support organization to a network of federally qualified health centers across 19 states.

She is a clinical associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has clinical responsibilities at Erie Family Health Centers and Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

“It is such an honor to serve the mission of the AAP,” Mohanty said in a statement. “Both as a practicing pediatrician and in my work across health systems, I constantly adjust my focus to serve the needs of individual patients and families and contribute to measurable improvements across the broader systems that care for them.”

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Dr. Roderic Pettigrew

Texas A&M names vice chancellor for health

Dr. Roderic Pettigrew has been appointed vice chancellor for health and strategic initiatives at Texas A&M.

Pettigrew joined Texas A&M six years ago to help establish the School of Engineering Medicine. The program enables students to earn a medical doctorate and a master’s in engineering.

In announcing the appointment, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said, “Excellent programs need excellent faculty. Dr. Pettigrew will help supercharge our efforts to focus on centers of excellence.”

Before joining Texas A&M, Pettigrew was the founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served for 15 years.

Pettigrew is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“We’re addressing quality-of-life challenges that demand a multidisciplinary approach, including the social and behavioral sciences,” Pettigrew said in a statement.

Pettigrew will stay in Houston and be the system’s liaison within the Texas Medical Center and will oversee the expansion of the School of Engineering Medicine in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital.

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Dr. Andrew Weinfeld

AdventHealth appoints chief clinical officer to East Florida division

Andrew Weinfeld, MD, has been named the chief clinical officer of AdventHealth’s East Florida Division.

Weinfeld begins his new role July 8. He has served as chief medical officer for several hospitals in the HCA Healthcare system, most recently at HCA Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, a 680-bed hospital that shares a campus with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

He will oversee patient safety and the clinical effectiveness of seven hospitals with a total of 1,397 beds. The AdventHealth East Florida Division operates facilities in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Orange City, New Smyrna Beach, Palm Coast, and Tavares.

The division includes nearly 400 doctors and advanced practitioners in 70 practice locations.

Audrey Gregory, executive vice president and CEO for the AdventHealth East Florida Division, said she is “incredibly excited to have Dr. Weinfeld join our team.

"His extensive experience and commitment to enhancing patient care make him the perfect fit for our organization,” Gregory said in a statement. “We are confident that his leadership will help us continue to deliver the exceptional, compassionate care that our community depends on."

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Jordan Ruch

AtlantiCare names chief information officer

Jordan Ruch has been named the chief information officer of AtlantiCare, a health system based in New Jersey.

Ruch has more than 20 years of experience in technology, and is the former chief technology officer for RWJBarnabas Health.

He will play a key role as the system moves forward with its “Vision 2030” initiative, which includes transforming its health campus and building a new medical school.

“I am honored to join AtlantiCare at such an exciting and transformative time,” Ruch said in a statement. “I look forward to driving innovation, enhancing patient care, and leading the IT and digital strategies to achieve VISION 2030.”

Michael Charlton, president and CEO of AtlantiCare, said Ruch will be an important part of the system’s plans to offer better care.

“We’ve set big goals for the organization, and Jordan’s leadership, innovative mindset, and deep experience in healthcare technology will be instrumental in propelling AtlantiCare forward,” Charlton said in a statement. “I am confident that under Jordan's leadership we will enhance both our operational capabilities and patient care delivery — setting a new standard in excellence."

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