MED MOVES: Temple University Hospital gets a new CEO, and more

McLaren Oakland announces new leaders, and HCA Virginia selects chief executive for Richmond hospital

Temple University Hospital names new CEO

Abhinav Rastogi has been named president and CEO of Temple University Hospital.

Rastogi assumed his new role Jan. 1. Michael A. Young will remain president and CEO of Temple University Health System.

Rastogi has served as executive vice president of Temple University Health System and Temple Hospital’s chief operating officer since July 2020.

“Abhi’s effective leadership and thorough familiarity with the day-to-day operational and financial performance of Temple University Hospital make him ideally-suited to take on the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead for TUH,” Young said in a statement.

With the shifting responsibilities, Rastogi will focus on the operational effectiveness and financial health of Temple Hospital’s Main, Jeanes, Episcopal, and Northeastern campuses. Young will focus on the Temple Health System, Temple said in a news release.

Rastogi has been with Temple for 19 years. He has served as director of the project management office, associate hospital director of the pulmonary service line, and senior vice president of professional services. Before joining Temple, he was a data analyst at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy, a consultant for IBM, and a project team leader at Tata Infotech.

McLaren Oakland names new leaders

Tracey Franovich has been named president and CEO of McLaren Hospital in Pontiac, Mich.

She began her new role at the 318-bed hospital on Jan. 3. Franovich succeeds Margaret Diamond, who left for another opportunity.

Franovich previously served as vice president of operation transformation at the non-profit Franciscan Alliance health system serving Indiana and south suburban Chicago. She held several leadership roles during her 17 years with the system.

She will oversee the organization’s operations at the main hospital and all offsite facilities, including the McLaren Clarkston campus.

“Meeting with the leaders of this organization and getting to know more about McLaren, I was impressed with the system’s reach and capabilities, and enthusiastic about our opportunities to grow,” Franovich said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of this system, joining this team at McLaren Oakland and beginning to work with an exceptional group of professionals.”

Timothy Kasprzak has been named as the chief medical officer at McLaren Oakland hospital. An oncologic diagnostic radiologist by training, Dr. Kasprzak has spent the past several years in leadership positions.

He succeeds Dr. Ronald Shaheen, who stepped into the role of interim chief medical officer following the retirement of longtime CMO Dr. Steven Calkin.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Oakland community and McLaren system in this role,” Kasprzak said in a statement. “We look forward to addressing ongoing challenges while growing and leading healthcare initiatives in Oakland County and the City of Pontiac.”

HCA Virginia names CEO of Richmond hospital

David McKnight has been named the CEO of Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va. McKnight took the role effective Dec. 27. He previously served as CEO of HCA Virginia’s Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, where he was credited with improving cardiac care and expanding services for women and children, the company said.

He has been with HCA Healthcare for 11 years.

McKnight replaces Zach McCluskey, who was named CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division.

Dr. William Lunn, the CEO of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, said McKnight is “an accomplished executive and leader, but more importantly, he is a hands-on team player.”

“His trusted ability to mentor and engage with colleagues will not only support our mission, but also ensure that we continue providing the highest level of care to our community.”

Northwest Health names new CEO

Chris York has been named CEO of Northwest Health in Arkansas.

He will begin his work in his new role Jan. 24. Northwest Health operates five hospitals in northern Arkansas.

York has spent nearly 30 years in the healthcare industry. He has spent the last 14 years with Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas. Most recently, he has served as president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine.

“Northwest Arkansas and Northwest Health have an exciting future – especially with the rapid growth the area has seen over the last 10 years,” York said in a statement. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with our teams across the market to further the health system’s initiatives and enhance access to quality health care for patients in the community.”

Peter Christie, mayor and chairman of the Northwest Medical Centers’ board of trustees, hailed York’s collaborative leadership style and “passion for quality.”

“Chris is a highly accomplished health care executive who has a demonstrated track record for expanding health care services and creating an excellent experience for patients and staff,” Christie said in a statement.

Longtime Tomah Health CEO plans to retire

Phil Stuart, who has served as CEO of Tomah Memorial Hospital and Tomah Health, for 27 years, has announced his plans to retire.

Stuart said he would step down in June 2022. He informed the hospital’s board of his retirement plans on Dec. 21.

“It has been my honor and privilege to have been in this position for 27 years,” Stuart wrote to the board.

“It is bittersweet as it feels like I am leaving at a time when healthcare and Tomah Health are faced with very significant challenges,” Stuart added. “I am confident that the team is well positioned to handle whatever comes their way.”

Stuart said that his plan to retire has been in the works for several months.

“If the transition to a new CEO takes longer than anticipated, I will be available to ensure a solid handoff,” Stuart added.

The hospital said it expects to take several months to find Stuart’s successor.