MED MOVES: No Reason for Baptist Health CEO Resignation; Rothman Plans Expansion

April 24, 2021
CHE Staff

News in orthopedics, technology, and neurodiagnostics.

McClung to leave May 1. Less than two years after taking the helm at Baptist Health, the Jacksonville-based health system that serves Northeast Florida, CEO Brett McClung announced his resignation effective May 1, 2021, telling the Florida Times-Union in a statement that it was a “difficult decision that I reached after much reflection.” According to the report, the health system’s board was aware of McClung’s plans to step down and announced plans for a thorough internal and external search for a new CEO. Michael Mayo, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, will serve as interim president and CEO.

A first in orthopedics. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute has named Christopher T. Olivia as its new CEO ahead of plans for a national expansion. Olivia, who started in April, is an ophthalmologist who returns to the Philadelphia area, where the orthopedics company has been buying up practices in the region. Rothman plans to grow from 212 physicians to 500 over the next three to five years. Olivia told The Philadelphia Inquirer this week he would like to see Rothman become what he called the “first national musculoskeletal brand. No one has one.”

A new CEO for CereHealth. James Chomas, PhD, has been named CEO of CereHealth Corp., a data analytics technology company that provides medical analytics as a service. Chomas will work closely with John Kelley, who has been CEO since 2009 and will transition to the role of executive director and continue as board chair. Kelley is credited with taken CereHealth from a single site brain imaging clinic to a nationwide neurodiagnostic network and leader in advanced central nervous system data analytics and technologies. Chomas is experienced in startup leadership, investor relations, product development, and FDA approvals. He previously founded Surefire Medical (now TriSalus Life Sciences), which develops innovative oncology drug delivery systems. As CEO he raised $55 million in venture capital and led the company from concept through commercialization.

CHOP names new executive VP and CFO. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has appointed Sophia G. Holder as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Holder has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently at Boston Children's Hospital. There, Holder led employee engagement efforts in finance and was an active participant in achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. At CHOP, she will oversee all financial functions in support of the institution, upholding a culture of collaboration, transparency, and accountability. She replaces Tom Todorow, who is retiring after 20 years at CHOP.