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New York hospital system promotes interim chief, and more | MED MOVES


Corewell Health names a new regional president, and other leaders tackle new roles.

After serving as interim leader of the system since January, Staci Thompson has been named president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network in New York.

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Staci Thompson

Bassett’s board voted unanimously to appoint Thompson to the permanent role. She succeeds Tommy Ibrahim.

Thompson arrived at Bassett Healthcare Network in 2023 after serving at The Guthrie Clinic for more than 28 years. She held several executive leadership roles at Guthrie, including as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Guthrie Medical Group.

“It is an honor to continue this work and lead Bassett forward surrounded by a team of talented and capable leaders. I am also humbled to work alongside 5,000 amazing caregivers who are dedicated to our patients and communities,” Thompson said in a statement.

She said that she is focused on bringing in top talent and keeping the network’s clinicians.

“My focus will continue to be recruiting physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, other clinical professionals, and the many other roles needed so Bassett can provide the care our patients and communities deserve,” Thompson said.

Doug Hastings, chair of Bassett Healthcare Network’s board of directors, said Thompson’s skills will be vital to Bassett at a critical time.

“Staci is an accomplished leader with decades of experience and knowledge – with a deep passion for rural health,” Hastings said in a statement.

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Lamont Yoder

Corewell Health names regional president

Lamont Yoder has been named the new president of Corewell Health’s Southeast Michigan region.

Yoder will take the new post on May 6. He will be reporting to Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, Corewell’s chief operating officer, and will also serve as a member of Corewell Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker’s top leadership team.

Yoder said he is “thrilled” to be joining Corewell.

“Throughout my career, I have always looked to our hard-working care teams at the frontline to teach me what they need to be successful,” Yoder said in a statement. “My priority will be to listen to and learn from the incredible physicians, nurses and clinical care teams. I was born in Ohio, and I’m excited to move back home to the Midwest.”

Yoder joins Corewell Health from Banner Health in Arizona, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, where he currently serves as division president of 13 of the system’s 30 hospitals.

Elmouchi explained why he is excited for Yoder to join the team.

“We were searching for a dynamic, proven health care leader to oversee our eight hospitals in the metro Detroit area,” Elmouchi said in a statement. “Lamont has more than 25 years of heath care leadership experience across the country. Throughout it all, he has maintained his nursing license and always put people first.”

Yoder has held leadership positions, including multiple chief nursing officer roles, at Vanguard Health Systems, Inc., and OhioHealth.

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Lisa Morina

Cooper Foundation selects philanthropy officer

Lisa Morina has been named senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer of The Cooper Foundation, the fundraising arm of Cooper University Health Care in New Jersey.

Morina is a business executive with more than two decades of experience in healthcare, government, and community outreach. She joined Cooper from the Jefferson Health executive team. Previously, Morina served as director of economic and business development for the government of Gloucester County in southern New Jersey.

“Lisa is a strong leader and a skilled executive who will drive The Cooper Foundation forward to great success in the years to come,” Kevin O’Dowd, co-CEO of Cooper University Health Care, said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to have Lisa on the Cooper team.”

Philip A. Norcross, chairman of The Cooper Foundation’s board of trustees, said Marino has built strong relationships with supporters.

“We know that Lisa will excel in this new role as she leads our seasoned team of fundraising professionals as Cooper grows and expands as a leading academic health system in the region,” Norcross said in a statement.

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Kelsi McDonald Harris

Accolade appoints chief people officer

Kelsi McDonald Harris has been named chief people officer and senior vice president of Accolade, Inc., a personalized healthcare company.

In her new role, McDonald Harris will oversee employee experience for Accolade, which employs more than 2,400 workers. She has been promoted after serving as vice president of strategy and planning.

She will lead the company’s business unit responsible for talent acquisition, diversity, equity and inclusion, and employee experience.

"During my time at Accolade, I have been inspired by our work to reinvent healthcare in this country,” McDonald Harris said in a statement. “I am honored to assume the position of chief people officer and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our talented team doing what I love most: building a workplace where all can grow and thrive.”

McDonald Harris joined Accolade in 2017. She previously held human resources roles at Target Corporation.

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