MED MOVES: New CFO for Trinity Health, Retirement in Georgia

Isacksen promoted at Trinity Health. Daniel P. Isacksen Jr. has been named the new executive vice president and chief financial officer for Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems, according to a statement released Friday. Isacksen’s appointment takes effect July 4, 2021, and he succeeds Cynthia Clemence, who is retiring. Isacksen will lead all financial functions for the system and across the national organization’s health ministries, in including financial enterprise development, treasury, financial reporting, payer strategies and revenue excellence. Isacksen has been with Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, one of Trinity's regional Health Ministries, since 2013. He has served recently as executive vice president and regional CFO, working on a plan for stabilization for the health system. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and has spent the last 25 years in Catholic health care.

Scherneck joins departing CEOs. Michael D. Scherneck of Southeast Georgia Health System will join the list of retiring health system CEOs when he steps down early in 2022. Scherneck, who has been in his current role since 2015, joined the health system almost 20 years ago and previously spent 12 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer. The April 30 announcement of his pending retirement noted the growth of Southeast Georgia’s affiliated physician practice on his watch and a $142 million campus expansion project. Besides leading the health system through COVID-19, Scherneck has also shepherded Southeast Georgia Health through three hurricanes, according to the statement from the board. Southeast Georgia Health System said in its statement that a succession plan has been in the works since September, with a search committee established and an executive search firm hired to fill the opening.

New Medical Affairs Director at Big Health. Digital therapeutics company Big Health has named Juliette McClendon, PhD, as director of Medical Affairs, with a focus on communicating the value of the company’s solutions to its clients and the public, advancing mental health equity and expanding the reach of Big Health’s evidence-based mental health solutions. McClendon is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the research and treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. An expert on racial and ethnic health disparities, she works to address the impact of stress and trauma on the mental and physical health of people of color. She previously served as an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and a psychologist at the National Center for PTSD in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the Veteran’s Affairs Boston.