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MED MOVES: University of Utah Health names COO, and more


Northwestern Memorial Healthcare announces its next CEO, HCA Virginia selects the CEO of a Richmond hospital, Atrium Health hires a chief science officer, and others take new roles.

Gina Hawley

Gina Hawley

Gina R. Hawley has been named chief operating officer for University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics.

She takes the post on January 3, 2023.

Hawley has worked at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), most recently as vice president of professional & support services. She also has worked at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and other institutions.

“I am thrilled for this opportunity to serve at such a highly reputable, strong academic health system with such a talented team,” Hawley said in a statement. “I have a passion for learning, teaching, research, and community-based care and am excited about the growth trajectory of U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics. I believe I can make an impact in this already impressive organization.”

Dan Lundergan, chief executive officer of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, said in a statement that Hawley will be “a key member of U of U Health and will be critical in advancing our mission and ongoing connection with our community.”

“I’m excited she is bringing her leadership, enthusiasm, and expertise here to help lead our incredible teams,” Lundergan said.

University of Utah Health includes five hospitals and 11 medical centers.

Howard Chrisman, left, and Dean Harrison

Howard Chrisman, left, and Dean Harrison

Northwestern Memorial Healthcare announces next CEO

Howard Chrisman has been named as the next president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

He will take the post Jan. 1, 2023. Chrisman succeeds the current CEO, Dean Harrison, who will become the new executive chairman of Northwestern Memorial, also on Jan. 1.

Chrisman, an interventional radiologist, has been a member of the Northwestern Memorial medical staff since 1997. He has held numerous clinical, academic and administrative leadership roles.

Most recently, Chrisman president and chief operating officer for the health system. He remains a professor of radiology and surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Chrisman has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and remains clinically active, with expertise in treating fibroid disease using endovascular techniques.

Harrison joined Northwestern Memorial in 1998. The system said Harrison will support Chrisman's efforts to advance Northwestern Medicine’s strategic goals and "Patients First" mission.

Northwestern Medicine operates 11 hospitals and more than 200 ambulatory and diagnostic sites.

Allyssa Tobitt

Allyssa Tobitt

HCA Virginia appoints CEO of Richmond hospital

Allyssa Tobitt has been named the new CEO of Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

The hospital is part of HCA Virginia, a division of HCA Healthcare. She starts in her new role on Nov. 7.

Tobitt is currently the chief operating officer of Reston Hospital Center, where she oversaw the opening of a new standalone emergency room on the hospital’s campus.

She began her career with HCA Healthcare in 2012, working at the Nashville corporate office. Tobitt has held a host of leadership roles across three of HCA’s Florida markets, including Doctors’ Hospital of Sarasota, South Bay Hospital and Aventura Hospital.

“Allyssa has a proven track record of operational excellence and we look forward to her joining the Parham Doctors’ team,” Ryan Jensen, chief executive officer of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, said in a statement. “She drove robotic surgery growth while at Reston and she will be an asset to our program here at Parham Doctors’, which is an orthopedic leader in Central Virginia.

Ebony Boulware

Ebony Boulware

Atrium Health names chief science officer

Dr. L. Ebony Boulware has been named the new dean of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the new chief science officer of Atrium Health.

Boulware will also serve as vice chief academic officer of Atrium. She’ll join the medical school in January 2023.

She will succeed Julie Ann Freischlag, who remains as CEO of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and chief academic officer of Atrium Health.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to join Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health at this transformational time to advance a vision for improving health and health equity through our educational, research and clinical missions," Boulware said in a statement.

Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health said in a statement that Boulware “brings the type of transformative leadership that will propel us to be the model for academic learning health systems across the nation.”

"Her depth of experience and commitment to health equity, translational research and clinical excellence will help guide our vision of educating and training the next generation of caregivers, leaders and innovators,” Woods said.

Boulware most recently led the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, in Durham, North Carolina, as vice dean for translational science and associate vice chancellor for translational research at Duke University. She was also a professor of medicine and served as chief of the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Joyce Oh

Joyce Oh

Moffitt Cancer Center hires new CIO

Joyce Oh has joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa as the organization’s new vice president and chief information officer.

Oh will lead Moffitt’s information technology teams and oversee key digital business functions as well as cybersecurity. She brings more than 25 years of technology experience to the role.

She comes to Moffitt from Beaumont Health, in Michigan, where she was the divisional chief information officer.

Oh brings some very personal motivation to the post.

“I am honored and humbled to join Moffitt Cancer Center. Having lost both my mother and grandmother to cancer, Moffitt’s mission resonates profoundly and personally,” Oh said in a statement. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer while transforming the provider, researcher and patient experience via technology.”

Edmondo Robinson, Moffitt’s chief digital officer, said he’s thrilled that Oh is joining the cancer center.

“Her years of experience in technology will play a critical role as we continue to enhance our digital infrastructure, aligning with Moffitt’s strategic plan,” Robinson said in a statement.

Mike Packnett, left, and Rick Henvey

Mike Packnett, left, and Rick Henvey

Parkview Health CEO plans to retire, successor named

Mike Packnett, chief executive officer of Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has announced he will retire at the end of 2022.

Packnett has served as CEO of the system for 16 years. Parkview Health’s board said Rick Henvey, president of healthcare operations, will lead the organization as CEO starting in January 2023.

Henvey came to Parkview Health in 2006, shortly after Packnett. Henvey and Packnett worked together at Mercy Health Center in the Oklahoma City area. Henvey also brings leadership experience from the Dallas, San Antonio and Denver markets.

“Rick and I have served together for 23 years, and I am so grateful to him for his friendship and leadership,” Packnett said in a statement. “Parkview wouldn’t be where we are today without him, and we could not have a better person to serve as our next CEO. I look forward to seeing how Rick will continue to improve and enhance the many ways we serve northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.”

During Packnett’s tenure, Parkview expanded the system’s footprint, opened Parkview Regional Medical Center, and added specialized cancer care with the Parkview Cancer Institute.

“Mike Packnett has served Parkview Health, as well as the northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio region, in the best way he knows how – for others,” Dan Starr, chairman of Parkview Health’s board of directors, said in a statement. “He is an incredibly humble and compelling leader who has spent years cultivating a culture focused on delivering compassionate care.”

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