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Emory University Hospital names chief nursing officer, and more | MED MOVES


Mayo Clinic appoints a new top research executive, and other leaders take on new positions.

Robert Boesch has been named the chief nursing officer of Emory University Hospital.

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Robert Boesch (Emory University Hospital)

Boesch will begin his new role on Feb. 5. In the position, Boesch will also serve as chief nursing officer for Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Hospital at Smyrna.

He has been working with Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he serves as chief nursing officer for Lynchburg General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital. Previously, he spent 13 years at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he held vice president posts in acute care nursing services and surgical services.

Boesch says he’s “truly honored and excited” to join Emory.

“Emory has a rich legacy of excellence in patient care, education and research,” Boesch said in a statement. “I am eager to collaborate with this team of dedicated professionals to advance our mission of improving the health of individuals and communities at home and throughout the world.”

Boesch serves as president-elect of the Virginia Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Matt Wain, president of the Emory Healthcare University Hospital Division, lauded Boesch’s nursing leadership experience.

“He is well positioned to lead our nursing workforce,” Wain said in a statement.

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Vijay Shah (Mayo Clinic)

Mayo Clinic chooses new research executive

Vijay Shah has been named Mayo Clinic’s Kinney Executive Dean of Research.

Shah succeeds Gregory Gores, who has held the post for 10 years. He begins his new role on Feb. 1.

Shah is chair of internal medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is the Carol M. Gatton Professor of Digestive Diseases Research.

He has led federally-funded research programs related to advanced liver disease at Mayo Clinic for 25 years. Mayo Clinic says his work has included basic science as well as artificial intelligence.

"I'm honored to be able to work with my colleagues in this new position as we pursue innovations that lead to new treatments to help our patients," Shah said in a statement.

Gianrico Farrugia, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, said he is confident that Shah will help spur more breakthroughs in research.

"We look forward to Dr. Shah's leadership into a new era of research as we pursue innovations that lead to new cures for our patients,” Farrugia said in a statement. “We are also grateful for Dr. Gores' many contributions over the past 10 years.”

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David Lowry (UNC Health Caldwell)

UNC Health Caldwell names president and CEO

David Lowry is the new president and CEO of UNC Health Caldwell.

Lowry replaced Laura Easton, who retired as CEO at the end of December.

He previously served as the UNC Health’s chief medical officer and has been with the organization for 19 years.

“My time at UNC Health Caldwell has defined my career,” Lowry said in a statement. “Each member of our team is devoted to patients and families across Caldwell County and beyond. I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the months and years to come.”

Lowry takes the post as the hospital begins a $33 million expansion that will add a new cardiac catheterization lab, clinical lab, inpatient pharmacy, kitchen and cafeteria.

Easton said she can’t think of a better person to succeed her.

“As a physician, David understands the importance of our role in keeping patients healthy and happy,” Easton said in a statement. “He cares deeply for each and every teammate and has been devoted to the Caldwell County community for many years.”

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Martinson Arnan (Bronson Healthcare)

Bronson Healthcare appoints chief physician executive

Martinson Arnan has been appointed senior vice president and chief physician executive for Bronson Healthcare, a system based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Most recently, Arnan has ​​served as Bronson Medical Group’s chief clinical officer and Bronson Healthcare’s vice president of community health advancement.

The system says Arnan will oversee clinical care and strategy and quality and safety initiatives across the regional system, which includes four hospitals and other clinics and healthcare locations.

Arnan joined Bronson in 2015 as a vascular neurologist and went on to serve the system in several leadership roles. He is on the faculty at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.

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