MED MOVES: New Leaders for Lutheran Health Network, UNC Health Southeastern

Teffeteller named CEO. Scott Teffeteller, FACHE, on Wednesday was named chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Teffeteller most recently served as senior vice president and regional operating officer for AMITA Health’s Chicago Metro Regional and president and CEO of AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago. While in Chicago, Teffeteller expanded an ambulatory care network and led capital planning and facility development. At Lutheran Health, his immediate priorities will include the opening of Lutheran Downtown Hospital and joint venture with Acadia Healthcare on a behavioral health hospital. Teffeteller will report to Mark Medley, who will have oversight for Community Health Systems-affiliated hospitals including Lutheran Health Network and Northwest Health in northwest Indiana. Teffeteller’s appointment becomes effective August 16, 2021.

Transition at UNC Health Southeast. Following the announcement of the retirement of Joann Anderson, who had served as CEO for 14 years, the UNC Health Southeastern Board of Trustees have named Chris Ellington as her successor. Ellington will start October 11, and Anderson will continue in an advisory role through December 31.

UNC Health Southeastern has 30 primary and specialty care clinics across four counties, a freestanding ambulatory surgery center and clinic facility, and the Southeastern Health Mall, which provides outpatient services. Previously known as Southeastern Health, the health system and UNC Health announced completion of a management services agreement (MSA) in December 2020, which included the name change that took effect January 1, 2021.

Ellington, whose current role is president of UNC Health Care Network Hospitals, became known to the UNC Health Southeastern board during the development of the MSA.

Watson to retire from Maury Regional. Alan Watson recently announced his retirement as CEO of Maury Regional Health, based in Columbia, Tennessee. The MRH Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a new CEO, according to a statement from the health system. Watson became CEO in 2012 following his promotion from chief operating officer. During Watson’s tenure, the health system has received national recognition for quality and safety, including being named a 15 Top Health System six times since 2011. Watson told the Maury County Commission that the pandemic and personal events had caused his family to “change our focus on what is important,” according to local news reports, and that he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren on his family’s 100-acre farm in East Tennessee.