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Henry Ford Health, Acadia name CEO of behavioral health hospital, and more | MED MOVES


HCA Healthcare has revamped its leadership team, and other leaders take new posts.

Emily Sexton has been named chief executive officer of Henry Ford Behavioral Health Hospital.

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Emily Sexton

In a joint venture, Henry Ford Health and Acadia Healthcare are building the new 192-bed behavioral health hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The hospital is slated to open at the end of the year.

Sexton has two decades of nursing experience with Henry For Health. She had worked as the director of hospital operations and nurse executive for Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital.

“I am honored to be selected for this role and thrilled to get started as we reimagine the delivery of behavioral healthcare,” Sexton said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity to build and lead a team that brings the best of both organizations together to meet the growing need for quality healthcare in this space. I look forward to building on our culture of compassion and clinical excellence, following in Henry Ford Health’s legacy of unwavering care and advocacy for our patients.”

Adnan Munkarah, president of the care delivery system & chief clinical officer for Henry Ford Health, said the appointment of Sexton “is a crucial step in the successful opening and operation of this hospital.”

“We are pleased that through our partnership with Acadia, we were able to find an executive of Emily’s caliber with roots in Michigan to lead this hospital,” Munkarah said in a statement.

Michael R. McAlevey

Michael R. McAlevey

HCA Healthcare revamps leadership team

Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, has made several changes in the leadership team of the health system.

“These changes are part of our ongoing endeavor to streamline efforts and align organizationally around key strategic initiatives,” Hazen said in a statement.

Michael R. McAlevey, is being promoted to HCA’s executive vice president – chief legal and administrative officer. The system said he will oversee marketing and corporate affairs, government relations, development, ethics and compliance and information protection and security. He joined HCA in 2022 after working with General Electric.

In another move, Hazen has revamped the team so Chad Wasserman, senior vice president and chief information officer, and Dr. Mike Schlosser, senior vice president of care transformation and innovation, will report directly to the CEO. The system said this will enable the better use of data-driven information to make changes.

In addition, Mike Marks, who was recently named executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume responsibilities for most areas that report to the CFO position.

HCA Healthcare’s three operating groups will report directly to Jon Foster, HCA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. The move is designed to improve planning and advance the sharing of best practices.

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Lynda Markoe

RWJBarnabas Health names chief people officer

Lynda Markoe has been named chief people officer of RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey.

Most recently, she served as the chief people and culture officer of Bed, Bath & Beyond. Previously, she held human resources at retailers such as J. Crew and Gap, Inc. The system said she “will be instrumental in advancing a culture of kindness and accountability as reflected in RWJBarnabas Health’s mission.”

Mark E. Manigan, RWJBarnabas Health president and CEO, hailed Markoe’s experience.

“Lynda is a highly regarded human resources professional with more than thirty years of experience in the retail and consumer goods sectors,” Manigan said in a statement. “She has a proven track record of success.”

West Palm Beach hospital appoints chief nursing officer

Colleen Thielk has been named as the new chief nursing officer of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Colleen Thielk

Theilk brings more than 25 years of healthcare expertise to the role. She previously served as Intuitive Health’s regional vice president of operations for the Florida and Delaware markets.

Sheri Montgomery, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center, praised Thielk’s experience.

“Colleen earned this opportunity based on her excellent track record of achieving stellar results throughout her career,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We look forward to her leadership to help ensure the continued level of excellence in our nursing care that our community has come to know and expect.”

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