Cincinnati Children's appoints a chief human resources and diversity officer, and others take new roles.
Bradley Haws has been named CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and associate vice president of UI Health Care.
Haws will begin his new role on Nov. 29.
He possesses more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, including some time at UI Health Care. He formerly served as chief financial officer and associate vice president of UI Health Care from 2018-21.
“I am eager to come back to UI Health Care in this new role, especially during a time of transformative growth for the organization and with new opportunities to expand access to high-quality health care for Iowans,” Haws said in a statement. “UI Health Care is a remarkable organization. I’ve always been inspired by its mission along with its culture of collaboration. I’m excited to work with this incredible team again.”
Most recently, Haws served as CFO with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. He also served as CEO of University of Virginia Physicians Group, and senior associate dean for finance and chief administrative officer of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Haws also spent 14 years with Intermountain Healthcare Inc., where he was the founding CFO of the Intermountain Medical Group.
Haws succeeds Kim Hunter, who has served as CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics on an interim basis since 2022. Hunter will continue to serve as chief nurse executive for the system.
Denise Jamieson, UI vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, said she is “thrilled” that Haws is going to serve as the next CEO.
“Brad has a proven track record of excellence in health care management, particularly in academic medicine,” Jamieson said. “He’s a great collaborator and brings a passion for serving our mission.”
Cincinnati Children’s appoints chief diversity officer
Peter Adebi has been named a senior vice president and chief human resources and diversity officer of Cincinnati Children’s.
Adebi will begin his new role in January 2024. He succeeds Nerissa Morris, who announced her retirement in 2023.
He joins Cincinnati Children’s from Nemours Children’s Health, where he spent 21 years. He held a number of roles in human resources, most recently as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.
“I am honored and excited to join the team at Cincinnati Children’s, which is ranked the No. 1 children’s hospital and health system in the nation,” Adebi said in a statement. “I am looking forward to listening, learning and working together to build upon the excellent foundation and progress in human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and community relations.”
Abedi was named the 2023 CHRO of the Year by HR Person of the Year Award. He’s written extensively on coaching and the development of teams
Steve Davis, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Children’s hailed Adebi’s accomplishments.
“Peter’s proven expertise in helping organizations, teams and individuals maximize their potential and achieve their goals will help us continue to build upon the incredible culture we have and help us achieve our big dreams and aspirations,” Davis said in a statement.
Kaleida Health hires new CIO
Courtney Lewis Starnes has been named senior vice president and chief information officer of Kaleida Health.
Starnes began her new role on Nov. 13. She previously worked at Saint Luke’s Health System, which operates 14 hospitals and campuses and nearly 200 clinics in and around Kansas City. At St. Luke’s, she served as associate chief information officer for five years.
Previously, she was senior director of information services program management for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She also has spent 12 years with Cerner Corporation, the electronic health record company serving Kaleida Health.
Don Boyd, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, cited Starnes’ experience, including her work with Cerner.
“There is no doubt her familiarity with the Cerner platform and serving a diverse client base will give her a running start as she transitions into the top IT position at Kaleida Health,” Boyd said in a statement. “Our executive team is very excited about the wealth of knowledge, leadership capabilities and enthusiasm she brings to the table. She’s going to be an invaluable asset as we work to modernize our IT infrastructure over the coming years.”
Starnes takes over for Linda Koester, who had been serving as interim CIO beginning in March.
Summa Health appoints chief medical officer
Dean Frate has been named the new chief medical officer of Summa Health.
Frate will begin in his new post on Dec. 3. Based in Akron, Ohio, Summa operates three hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, and other sites of care.
Frate said he’s excited about his new role and looks forward to developing new and innovative solutions to improve healthcare.
"In an evolving and growing organization like ours, it's crucial to maintain operations while simultaneously shifting and scaling,” Frate said in a statement. “Success will require cross-disciplinary collaboration and being attentive to providers and staff at the bedside."
Charles Zonfa, senior vice president and chief quality officer of Summa Health, said Frate will serve in a “leadership triad” with the hospitals’ president and chief nursing officer.
“Dr. Frate will help align key quality strategies throughout the organization by standardizing clinical priorities of department chairs and institute leads with nursing quality initiatives and operational goals,” Zonfa said in a statement.
Frate joined Summa in 2019 as a lead physician for hospital information management, clinical documentation improvement and utilization management.