MED MOVES: Baylor Scott & White Health selects exec VP, and more

UW Medicine’s longtime CEO announces plans to retire, Boulder Medical Center hires its first female chief executive, and more leaders take new positions.

Steven R. Newton has been selected as executive vice president and chief growth officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit health system in Texas.

Nelson began in his new role on April 25.

"Steve is known as a trusted and progressive leader with an unrivaled knowledge of our markets," Baylor Scott & White CEO Pete McCanna said in a statement. "His understanding of competitive opportunities across the state will guide us as we expand access to high-quality care for the millions of Texans we serve."

Newton has nearly 35 years of healthcare experience and has been with Baylor Scott & White since 2004. He most recently led two North Texas regions, including six hospitals, and served as president of Baylor University Medical Center. He has also served as president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth.

"Steve is known as a trusted and progressive leader with an unrivaled knowledge of our markets," Baylor Scott & White CEO Pete McCanna said in a statement. "His understanding of competitive opportunities across the state will guide us as we expand access to high-quality care for the millions of Texans we serve."

In his time with Baylor Scott & White, Nelson is credited with leading his teams to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes.

"I have spent the past 18 years working alongside my Baylor Scott & White colleagues to expand access, explore new partnerships and strengthen relationships with trusted providers," Newton said.

"It is a privilege to work for an organization deeply committed to those it serves, and I look forward to finding new ways to deliver high-quality care when, where and how our customers want it."

A search will be conducted to fill Newton's role at Baylor University Medical Center. For now, Kyle Armstrong, the hospital's chief operating officer, will serve as interim president.

Baylor Scott & White operates 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points.

UW Medicine CEO plans to step down

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine, has announced his plans to retire this summer.

Ramsey plans to step down as CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine on June 30. He will fully retired from the University of Washington on July 31.

Ramsey is concluding a career at UW Medicine that has lasted for more than four decades. He has served as CEO of UW Medicine since 1997.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Ramsey wrote, “UW Medicine has grown dramatically over the past 40 years, but the core values that attracted me to spend the majority of my career here remain.” “When I think of the many colleagues with whom I have worked, words that come immediately to mind are integrity, respect, collaboration, commitment to excellence, innovation, humility, and caring.”

Ramsey also saluted the UW Medicine staff for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You have been global leaders in the clinical, research, public health, and learning response to the pandemic,” he wrote.

Boulder Medical Center appoints first female CEO

Donna Basden has been named chief executive officer of the Boulder Medical Center, making her the first female CEO of the organization.

Basden joined the medical center on April 4, succeeding Interim CEO Mindy Markley, who retired. She brings over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field across complex academic, not-for-profit, and for-profit environments. She previously served as the chief operating officer of Lovelace Medical Group at Lovelace Health System in New Mexico.

“It is an honor to join Boulder Medical Center, an organization committed to improving the health and well-being of the citizens in our community,” Basden said in a statement. “BMC’s commitment to patient-centered care is more than words. I have witnessed a consistent theme in the way care decisions are made and care is delivered throughout the organization. Everyone is enthusiastic about doing the right thing for our patients.”

“I am passionate about caring for people and am thrilled to partner with an organization that aligns with my values,” she said.

Allina Health selects Minneapolis hospital leader

David Joos has been selected as the new president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Allina Health announced.

Joos will take the position when Ann Madden Rice retires in May 2022. Joos is currently vice president of operations at the hospital, a role he has held since 2018.

He possesses more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience in several systems. Before joining Allina Health, he served as division vice president of operations at KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Ky., where he led operations at Jewish Hospital. He also oversaw access and care coordination across the delivery system’s 13 hospitals.

He has experience leading patient access, outpatient services and operations at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., and OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.

“It is a great honor to begin this new role with Allina Health at Abbott Northwestern Hospital,” Joos said in a statement.

“It is an outstanding team, and it’s clear why the work of the medical staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is recognized among the top in the nation," Joos said. "The commitment to realizing all the connected needs of a patient and the focus on delivering seamless Whole Person Care are consistently carried out at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.”

Allina Health operates 11 hospitals and more than 90 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Yale New Haven Health chooses COO

Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace has been selected as the new chief operating officer at Yale New Haven Health.

She’ll take the job beginning July 11. Sutton-Wallace has been with New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2019, most recently serving as group senior vice president and COO of the Weill Cornell Division providing operational oversight for four campuses.

Sutton-Wallace spent more than five years at University of Virginia (UVA) Health where she served as the CEO of the UVA Medical Center and later moved into the role of interim leader of the UVA Health Enterprise. She started her academic health system career as an administrative fellow at Duke University Health System in North Carolina.

In her 17 years at Duke, she held a variety of roles, eventually serving as the senior vice president of Hospital Operations at Duke University Hospital.

“I consider it a privilege to join Yale New Haven Health alongside the extraordinary team of healthcare professionals, caregivers and physicians,” she said in a statement. “I welcome the opportunity to advance the mission, strategic direction and culture of this distinguished health system as together we serve our community and promote health equity.”

Butterfly Network names new VP, CFO

Heather Getz has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer at the Butterfly Network.

Getz takes the new post effective May 2. She previously spent 12 years at BioTelemetry, Inc., a remote medical technology company. She served as executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer. She also held  financial leadership positions at Alita Pharmaceuticals, VIASYS Healthcare, and Sunoco.

Butterfly has developed a hand-held, whole body ultrasound system. The company says it aims to make medical imaging more accessible and improve health equity.

“Having played a leadership role in similar business situations and industries, I look forward to supporting Butterfly’s strategic plan to utilize its differentiated technology to fundamentally improve access to ultrasound acquired insights at the point-of-care, benefiting patients around the world,” Getz said.