MED MOVES: Allina Health CEO Retiring, New President at VCU, and More Executive Moves

Allina Health’s CEO will retire at the end of 2021 while McLaren Bay Region announced a new CEO and the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has a new president. Meanwhile, two interim leaders will fill in at OSU Wexner Medical Center.

Michigan hospital names new CEO

McLaren Bay Region hospital, located in Bay City, Mich., has announced Darrell Lentz, MBA, as the new president and CEO. Lentz is assuming the role following the resignation of Clarence Sevillian, who was in the position since 2014. Lentz will continue in his position as president and CEO of McLaren Central Michigan.

He joined McLaren in August 2020 and has a 20-year career in hospital and health system operations management.

New president at VCU Medical Center

Effective December 2021, Michael Roussos will be the new president of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center. Roussos will succeed Ron Clark, MD, who served as interim president since 2019.

Roussos comes to VCU Medical Center from University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. While there, he spearheaded the hospital’s COVID-19 response and championed the creation of the Center of Life, only the second hospital-based, regional center for organ donation in the United States.

Allina Health CEO to retire

Penny Wheeler, MD, announced she will retire as the CEO of Allina Health at the end of the year. President and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Shannon will replace her. Wheeler started her tenure as CEO in 2014, but she has a long career with Allina Health as a physician, president of the Abbott Northwestern medical staff, and chief medical officer.

Shannon has held a variety of leadership roles, including at OhioHealth Corporation, Spectrum Health, and Catholic Health Initiatives at KentuckyOne Health.

OSU Wexner appoints 2 interim leaders

With the CEO of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, Harold Paz, MD, resigning, two interim co-leaders are being appointed. Mark Larmore, the chief financial officer, and Andrew Thomas, MD, chief clinical officer and senior associate vice president of health sciences, have been named the interim replacements.

President Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, said in a letter to the faculty and staff that the appointments are effective immediately and the medical center will launch a national search to find a permanent replacement.