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UF Health selects new CEO, and more | MED MOVES


The leader of Presbyterian Healthcare Services is going to retire, and other leaders tackle new roles.

In less than two weeks, Stephen J. Motew, M.D., will take over as president and CEO of the UF Health clinical enterprise.

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Stephen J. Motew

The University of Florida announced Motew’s appointment earlier this month. He begins his new role on April 1.

A vascular surgeon, Motew brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. He joins UF Health from the Inova Health System in Virginia, where he has served as the executive vice president and chief of clinical enterprise. Previously, he also served as a senior vice president for Novant Health.

Based in Gainesville, UF Health includes clinical programs at UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Central Florida, and UF Health St. Johns, along with partnerships with health care systems around Florida.

The UF Health corporation is a new legal entity approved by the university’s board of trustees in December. It will serve as the parent corporation to guide the UF Health hospitals and physician practice plans.

“This is important work, and I am excited to embark on this journey with my new colleagues at UF Health, one of the nation’s most successful and well-respected health care organizations,” Motew said in a statement. “Together we will continue to develop common goals focused on serving our patients and our communities.”

Ben Sasse, president of the University of Florida, said Motew’s appointment is a key step in UF Health’s growth plans.

“Steve is simply stellar, an advocate for patient-focused quality clinical care and innovation,” Sasse said in a statement.

Motew also spent eight years as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a medical officer.

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Dale Maxwell

Presbyterian Healthcare Services CEO plans to retire

Dale Maxwell, chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, has announced that he is retiring.

Maxwell said he plans to step down July 31, 2024. He has served as the CEO of New Mexico’s largest health system since 2016 and has spent more than 24 years with the organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside the dedicated staff at this incredible organization,” Maxwell said in a statement. “Through their commitment to excellence, compassion for our patients and members, and respect for each other, we have accomplished extraordinary things. I will forever remain personally devoted to Presbyterian and the people who make it great.”

During his tenure at CEO, the system built a nine-story tower at Presbyterian Hospital and expanded care into rural communities.

Presbyterian’s board will begin a national search for a new leader of the system.

Norm Becker, chair of Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ board of directors, said Maxwell “made a significant impact on our organization and healthcare across the state.”

“His legacy of strength, commitment and compassion have transformed how we deliver care and coverage to New Mexicans,” Becker said in a statement.

Presbyterian operates nine hospitals, a health plan, and a medical group. Last year, Presbyterian had planned a merger with UnityPoint Health, but the two systems dropped the plans.

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Michael Ivy

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare names new chief medical officer

Michael Ivy has been named the chief medical officer of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Connecticut.

Ivy held several leadership posts at Yale New Haven Health, most recently serving as deputy chief medical officer. He succeeds Stephen Holland, who is retiring from Gaylord.

“Gaylord’s reputation is very well-deserved. During my early career as a trauma surgeon, I regularly referred patients to Gaylord Hospital because I saw so many make remarkable recoveries there,” Ivy said in a statement. “Gaylord is such a critical part of our state’s healthcare system, and all of the acute care hospitals across Connecticut appreciate the value and quality it brings to our community. I look forward to helping lead with the great team at Gaylord.”

Sonja LaBarbera, Gaylord’s president and chief executive officer, called Ivy “a wonderful addition to our leadership team.”

“He is a dynamic leader whose patient-first mindset closely aligns with Gaylord’s values,” LaBarbera said in a statement. “Mike will be a driving force in helping Gaylord continue to solidify our position as a national leader in medical rehabilitation.”

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Bradley Goettl

Emergency Nurses Association names first chief clinical officer

Bradley Goettl has been named the first chief clinical officer of the Emergency Nurses Association.

The association said Goettl will aim to amplify the organization’s clinical expertise. He will also offer guidance to the ENA’s teams on research and practice excellence.

“Accepting this position as ENA’s first chief clinical officer is the best way to celebrate my 20 years of ENA membership,” Goettl said in a statement. “Now, I have the opportunity to support emergency nurses in the same way ENA has supported me throughout my career.”

Goettl, 40, previously served as the director of advanced practice provider fellowships programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and an assistant professor at UT Health San Antonio.

Nancy MacRae, CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association, said she looks forward to seeing Goettl’s leadership as the organization aims to improve emergency nursing.

“Bradley’s depth of knowledge and experience, as well as his mindset toward growth and innovation, make him an ideal fit for helping ENA grow its voice and impact,” MacRae said in a statement.

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