University of Michigan Health hires a new patient safety officer, Tampa General Hospital appoints a chief nursing officer, and others move into new roles.
A longtime veteran of Emory Healthcare has been appointed as the top executive of three facilities.
Jen Schuck has been named chief executive officer of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long-Term Acute Care. She has been serving as interim CEO of the three facilities.
Schuck has been working in the Emory system for 28 years. She began her career as a social worker.
Now, Schuck is leading three facilities with more than 3,200 staff and 3,700 physicians.
“I am honored to take on this permanent role and look forward to our ongoing work with an amazing health care team, focused on providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care to our patients and their families,” Schuck said in a statement.
“My continued priorities will be maintaining access to care at our community-based hospitals, strengthening the patient experience, collaborating with our surrounding communities and improving operational efficiency.”
Bryce Gartland, MD, Emory Healthcare Hospital Group President, describes Schuck as “a phenomenal leader.”
“She is a strategic thinker, focused operator and compassionate leader,” Gartland said in a statement. “I am excited to see Jen take this next step in her career at Emory Healthcare, as we welcome her permanently to the CEO role.”
University of Michigan Health hires new patient safety officer
Nicole Templeton has been named the University of Michigan Health’s patient safety officer.
Templeton holds over 17 years of experience in healthcare quality and safety learning. She spent nearly seven years as the administrative director of patient safety.
“We are so fortunate to have Nicole lead us into the next chapter of U-M Health’s safety journey,” Katie Bates, associate chief clinical officer and associate professor of pediatrics at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “She has experience leading safety efforts both here and at other health systems, and a deep passion for patient safety.”
Templeton has been a registered nurse for 24 years.
“Every person on the interdisciplinary care team is essential to safe patient care. All of us who work behind-the-scenes, in those non-clinical settings, have crucial roles as well,” Templeton said.
Templeton said the Office of Patient Safety is focused on improving safety for patients across the system.
“Our team is amazing. They work hard partnering with others to help correct system deficiencies and reduce the chance of preventable harm,” she said.
Tampa General Hospital chooses chief nursing officer
Wendi Goodson-Celerin has been named senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Tampa General Hospital.
Goodson-Celerin brings 35 years of advancing nursing practice and leadership to the role. She will lead all nursing services across Tampa General with a focus on further developing collaboration among nursing teams throughout hospital departments.
She joined Tampa General in 1988 as a clinical nurse and has served many roles in the organization.
"I am honored to achieve this role at Tampa General, where I've spent more than three decades serving patients and delivering high-quality and compassionate care to those in need," Goodson-Celerin said in a statement. "As chief nursing officer, I want to ensure our incredible nursing team members have the ongoing training, mentorship and leadership development they need to grow and succeed."
Kelly Cullen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tampa General, said Goodson-Celerin is “an integral part” of Tampa General.
"Her outstanding communication abilities, exemplary collaboration skills, and proven leadership style will continue to drive strategic nursing innovation at Tampa General that prioritizes compassion, integrity, respect and accountability,” Cullen said in a statement.
NYC Health + Hospitals appoints VP of quality management
Hillary Jalon has been named NYC Health + Hospitals’ vice president of quality management for the healthcare system.
Jalon will oversee patient safety, performance improvement, accreditation, and quality measures reporting. Jalon will also lead a comprehensive strategy for continuous quality improvement across the system.
In her previous role, Jalon served as senior assistant vice president for quality & safety since 2019.
“I have devoted my career to healthcare quality improvement, and I am delighted to be in this leading role in quality at NYC Health + Hospitals with such a dedicated staff always striving to make a difference,” Jalon said in a statement.
“We all play an essential role in quality and improving care, and with our mission-driven teams, I am so excited to continue our quality journey to foster a culture of continuous improvement across all levels at NYC Health + Hospitals.”
Jalon is an associate professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Health Policy and Management where she teaches the continuous quality Improvement course.
Previously, Jalon worked as director of quality improvement at the United Hospital Fund. She also worked with the Greater New York Hospital Association and at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Tegria names two key leaders
Tegria, a consulting and technology services company, has appointed two leaders to its executive team.
Jen Morgan is joining Tegria as its chief financial officer, and Prasanna Gunjikar has been named the firm’s new chief growth officer.
Morgan brings more than 20 years of experience in financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, and mergers and acquisitions, most recently as CFO of SENTA partners, a consolidator of physician practices. She has held executive leadership roles with Eyecare Partners and Express Scripts, and she has 11 years of experience in public accounting with Ernst & Young.
Gunjikar has extensive international experience managing healthcare businesses. Most recently, Gunjikar was senior vice president and head of HTC Global Services’ healthcare & insurance market unit. Previously, he was a principal in CapGemini Consulting’s healthcare strategy & consulting division,
“Jen and Prasanna bring decades of experience growing companies, from startups to global corporations, across all facets of healthcare,” Brian Cahill, chief executive officer of Tegria, said in a statement.