MED MOVES: Michael J. Hennessy Jr. Named to 40 Under 40 List

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MM+M Cites MJH Life Sciences’ Hennessy. This week, MJH Life Sciences™ President and CEO Michael J. Hennessy Jr. was recognized by MM+M was one of the most influential leaders under the age of 40 in the pharma and healthcare marketing sectors. Chief Healthcare Executive™ is one of the latest brands to join the MJH Life Sciences™ family under Hennessy’s leadership. Overall, MJH Life Sciences™ has grown to 60 brands, produces over 975 events and reaches 7.3 million unique visitors per month online and 2 million through print publications. Hennessy joined MJH Associates in 2010 as a national account manager and by September 2015 was elevated to president of the company. As president, Hennessy was responsible for identifying new business opportunities and driving the overall growth of the organization. In 2019, Michael was promoted to president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has increased the number of events and offerings by leveraging MJH Studios™ to pivot to virtual events. A month into the pandemic, the company launched Medical World News®, a channel for healthcare professionals.

Changing of the Guard at Huntsville Hospital Health System. One of Alabama’s most visible healthcare leaders will retire in July, when David Spillers, CEO of the Huntsville Hospital Health System, hands the reins to his successor, Jeff Samz, the current executive vice president and chief operating officer. The health system, which has 2,200 beds and 15,000 employees, made the announcement Tuesday. Spillers has been CEO since 2006 and has led the system through dramatic growth and change, with the biggest challenges coming in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spillers’ profile rose as he took part in coronavirus briefings and publicly called for a statewide mask mandate three months before it was implemented. Spillers received praise from Philip Bentley, chair of the Health Care Authority, who said, “David’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic may be his greatest accomplishment. Few leaders could do what he has done as our hospitals have responded to the crisis.”

Tower Health Replaces Chief Executive. Philadelphia area media outlets reported this week that the financially troubled Tower Health system, which owns six hospitals in the region, had replaced CEO Clint Matthews with an interim leader from its board. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that banking veteran P. Sue Perrotty, 67, takes the reins after the chief financial officer had already left, following an operating loss of $438 million for the year that ended June 30, 2020. The red ink continued to pile up, and a consulting firm and an investment bank have been engaged to weigh whether to sell five hospitals purchased in 2017, which have lost money since that time.