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Medical City Dallas appoints new CEO, and more | MED MOVES


VillageMD recently appointed a new president, and other leaders have taken new roles.

Jay deVenny has been named the chief executive officer of Medical City Dallas.

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Jay deVenny

He will lead a 909-bed hospital with more than 3,300 employees and more than 1,500 doctors. In addition, deVenny will also lead Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital.

Since January 2022, deVenny has served as CEO of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas. He will continue leading the pediatric and women’s hospitals until a successor is named. A national search for his replacement is underway.

As CEO of the children’s hospital, deVenny has expanded services, including congenital heart and pediatric oncology programs.

Previously, deVenny served as the chief development officer of Medical City Dallas, among other leadership roles.

“Jay is known for his strategic focus on growth, collaboration with physicians across a complex array of specialties, and his ability to deliver an exceptional experience for patients and families,” Allen Harrison, president of Medical City Healthcare, said in a statement. “It is an exciting time for the Medical City Dallas family of hospitals and I am confident Jay will lead them to the next level of healthcare excellence.”

Medical City is part of HCA Healthcare.

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Jim Murray

VillageMD appoints president and COO

Jim Murray is the new president and chief operating officer at VillageMD.

The value-based care provider includes Village Medical, Summit Health and CityMD. Walgreens Boots Alliance is the majority owner of VillageMD, which offers primary care, urgent care and specialty care.

Murray has spent more than four decades in the healthcare industry. Most recently, he served as COO and chief transformation officer of Centene, the managed care company with more than 27.5 million covered lives. He previously served as president and COO of Magellan Health, which was acquired by Centene in 2022.

Murray also held executive roles at Humana for 28 years.

“VillageMD is on an exciting trajectory to transform healthcare and I’m looking forward to working with the innovative teams dedicated to helping patients live longer and healthier lives in the communities Village serves,” Murray said in a statement.

Tim Barry, CEO and chairman of VillageMD, called Murray “a consummate operations leader.”

“We have laid important groundwork to become one of the nation’s leading care platforms by providing high-quality, compassionate care with our patients’ best interests at the center,” Barry said. He added that Miller will help VillageMD reach “the next level of clinical, financial and operational performance.”

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Lisa Yerian

Cleveland Clinic names chief clinical and improvement officer

Lisa Yerian, MD, has been named the new executive vice president and chief clinical and operational improvement officer.

Yerian began her new role April 15. She has served as the interim chief clinical transformation officer since July 2023. She will report to Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic.

She has been part of Cleveland Clinic for two decades, joining the anatomic pathology department in 2004. She has held several leadership positions in the organization and is a former member of the board of governors.

In 2021, Yerian launched Cleveland Clinic’s “Access Transformation” to connect patients with digital health and traditional care options.

Mihaljevic said Yerian has led many key initiatives, including “an enterprise-wide improvement training program.”

“In her new role, she will lead more than 1,000 caregivers in building an improvement culture and driving strategic improvements in safety, quality, patient experience, continuous improvement, and patient access throughout Cleveland Clinic,” Mihaljevic said in a statement.

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Kim Ruscher

PeaceHealth selects CMO for Oregon network

Kim Ruscher, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer for the PeaceHealth Oregon network.

Ruscher began her new role on April 1 and leads the medical staff of PeaceHealth’s hospitals in Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence. She had been serving in an interim capacity, succeeding Jim McGovern, MD, who became chief hospital executive of PeaceHealth’s Oregon network. She has been serving as chief medical officer-surgical since March 2023.

McGovern called her “the perfect person to fill this position.”

“The breadth and depth of the experience that she’s amassed throughout her career serves as an excellent foundation for her to excel as PeaceHealth Oregon’s new chief medical officer,” McGovern said in a statement. “I have been consistently impressed with Kim's leadership approach and perspective on safety, and I look forward to working alongside her as we continually strive to provide the best care to the people of western Oregon.”

Ruscher joined PeaceHealth in 2013 as a pediatric surgeon, and has tackled a host of leadership roles.

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a nonprofit Catholic health system serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

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