MED MOVES: Cleveland Clinic names new diversity chief, and more

RWJBarnabas Health announces a successor to a longtime executive, a Tennessee provider gets a new CEO, and other systems choose new leaders.

Jacqui Robertson has been named the Cleveland Clinic’s new chief of diversity and inclusion.

She began in her new role March 1.

Robertson possesses nearly two decades of experience in leading diversity and inclusion strategies, the system said in a news release.

“I believe the health, wellbeing and sense of belonging of our talent must be our priority,” Robertson said in a statement. “Equally important is our relentless focus on building a pipeline for new talent and welcoming them to Cleveland Clinic in a manner that underscores our commitment to building a culture of belonging.

"I’m proud to be part of the Cleveland Clinic family and I look forward to contributing to the organization’s mission.”

Before joining the Cleveland Clinic, Robertson was the global head of talent, diversity and inclusion at William Blair & Company, an investment bank and financial services company in Chicago. She had held that role since 2016.

Previously, Robertson was a senior director of inclusion and diversity at WW Grainger. She also held senior leadership positions at ING America.

RWJBarnabas Health announces new president

Mark E. Manigan has been named the new president of RWJBarnabas Health.

He is succeeding Barry H. Ostrowsky, who is planning to retire as CEO on Dec. 31, 2022, after leading the organization for over thirty years. On Jan. 1, 2023, Manigan will assume the role of both president and CEO for the system.

The system announced Manigan’s new role March 1.

Manigan joined RWJBarnabas Health in 2019 as executive vice president of business development, and was later promoted to chief strategy and development officer in 2020. Before joining RWJBarnabas Health, Manigan was a healthcare attorney at Brach Eichler, LLC, where he counseled a wide array of healthcare clients, the system said.

“I am humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this incredible health system,” Mr. Manigan said in a statement. “I have been proud to work with Barry Ostrowsky, a true luminary in the field, whom I consider a friend and mentor. I am deeply moved by the commitment my 38,000 outstanding colleagues have to our mission and the communities we serve, particularly in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

Ostrowsky was credited with a host of significant milestones, including the formation of the RWJBarnabas Health system in 2016 and an academic partnership with Rutgers University.

“Barry will always be recognized as an inspirational leader,” Marc E. Berson, chairman of the RWJBarnabas Health board of trustees, said in a statement.

Maury Regional Health names new CEO

Davin Turner has been named the new chief executive officer of Maury Regional Health in Tennessee.

Turner took the role beginning Feb. 24. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.

Most recently, he served as president and chief medical officer at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph, a 352-bed hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. He had been with Mosaic Life Care since 1996. Turner also served as chief medical officer and president of Mosaic Life Care Clinic.

“I am honored to lead Maury Regional Health as we deepen our commitment to being southern Middle Tennessee’s first choice for health services by delivering superior access, quality, value and patient experience,” Turner said in a statement.

He said he’s looking forward to advancing the system’s mission.

“This is an exciting time for the health system as we experience unprecedented growth,” Turner said. “We are going to remain the highest quality healthcare provider in our region, and we are going to provide those crucial services in ways that don’t require patients to travel long distances.”

LIJ Valley Stream Hospital names new director

Jason Tan has been named the new medical director of Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital, a part of Northwell Health in New York.

Tan succeeds David Seligman, who had led the hospital since 2019. Seligman is moving to his new role as deputy regional executive director for Northwell Health’s western region.

Since joining LIJ Valley Stream seven years ago, Tan has held different leadership roles. For the past two years, he has served as deputy executive director for the hospital. Prior to that he was the associate executive director of quality management and associate executive director of operations.

“I’ve been fortunate to work at LIJ Valley Stream for seven years and during that time I’ve witnessed the hospital’s transformation into a center of excellence for multiple health care disciplines,” Tan said in a statement. “We have elevated the level of patient care and the patient experience for our community, which is as diverse as the hospital itself.

“I look forward to continuing to build on the achievements we’ve made and I’m excited for what we will create in the future.”

Columbia Memorial Health selects new nursing leader

Stephanie A. Hisgen has been named chief nursing officer of Columbia Memorial Health.

Hisgen joins Columbia Memorial Health following the retirement of Mary Ellen Plass as chief nursing officer.

The system cited Hisgen’s leadership roles throughout her career. She had served as corporate director of nursing for Prospect Medical Holdings, a 17-hospital health system operating in five states.

Hisgen also served as chief operating officer of Visiting Nurse Service Northeastern New York. She was also director of nursing recruitment at SUNY Upstate Medical University and director of nursing excellence at Glens Falls Hospital.

Dorothy Urschel, chief operating officer at Columbia Memorial Health, pointed to Hisgen’s experience leading and supporting nurses.

“Stephanie Hisgen brings to CMH a wealth of nursing leadership experience and skills,” Urschel said in a statement. “Throughout her career she has demonstrated a strong commitment to high quality patient care by supporting nurses and generating opportunities for nurses to advance their expertise. We enthusiastically welcome her to the CMH leadership team.”

St. Mary’s Medical Center hires new CEO

Kelly Pearce has been selected as the new chief executive officer at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Pearce has spent the past 12 years in leadership roles within a Catholic healthcare system. He had been vice president of hospital operations at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, a 523-bed hospital.

Previously, he served as vice president of hospital operations, at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, a 180-bed hospital in St. Louis and as administrative director of nursing operations for SSM Health.

“I believe that I’m stepping into this role at a very exciting time,” Pearce said in a statement. “I’m confident that together we can push through the remaining stages of the pandemic and set our focus on how we best serve the community with exceptional health care moving forward. I’m humbled and excited to join the St. Mary’s team and look forward to leading our team to further success.”

He said he looks forward to being St. Mary’s “ambassador in the community” and is glad to continue working within faith-based healthcare.