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MED MOVES: CEOs at Jefferson, CommonSpirit to Retire, New Diversity Role at UVM Health Network, and More


The CEOs at CommonSpirit Health and Jefferson Health are both retiring, the University of Vermont Health Network hires for newly created diversity and inclusion role and more.

CommonSpirit Health CEO to Retire

Lloyd Dean will retire as CEO of CommonSpirit Health in summer 2022. Dean has been one of the leading voices in the fight for health equity and during his 22 years, he contributed to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and partnered with the Obama administration to rally support for the bill.

Dean served as CEO of Dignity Health (previously Catholic Healthcare West) for 19 years before becoming CEO of CommonSpirit following Dignity Health’s merger with Catholic Health Initiatives in February 2019. The board has established a search committee to identify the next CEO.

Caravan Health Names CIO

Tom Hawkes has been named chief information and digital product officer at Caravan Health, a leader in accountable care. The role is newly created and Hawkes will continue in his role as head of product, infrastructure, and info-security.

Caravan Health’s clients are hospitals, health systems, and healthcare providers who partner with accountable care organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion Role Created at UVM Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network has hired Jackie Hunter in the newly created role of chief diversity and inclusion officer. As part of the leadership team, Hunter will advance the network’s commitment to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture for employees, patients and communities.

Hunter most recently led diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with Banner Health in Arizona.

New CMO for Dignity Health Markets

Victor Waters, MD, JD, FCLM, has been named the chief medical officer (CMO) for Dignity Health’s Arizona Central and West Valley Market. Waters has more than 30 years of clinical experience and approximately 20 years of administrative leadership experience.

Previously, he was CMO at Dignity Health St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif., and interim president and CEO of Nexus Fort Washington Medical Center.

Jefferson Health’s Klasko to Retire at End of Year

Stephen M. Klasko, MD, MBA, will retire as president and CEO of Jefferson Health, effective December 31, 2021, after eight years as president. He will remain a special advisor to the board of trustees.

Klasko was key during the 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University.

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