CommonSpirit Health appoints a chief philanthropy officer, and other leaders take new roles.
Keith Gray has been named the next chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Joe Landsman, the current CEO, has announced his plans to retire after 25 years with the system. Gray became president of UTMC on July 1. He’ll take over as CEO on April 1, 2024 when Landsman steps down.
Landsman has served as president and CEO since 2005. He joined UTMC in 1999, initially serving as the chief financial officer.
"It has been the privilege of my career to lead UTMC’s growth from a $265M to a $1.4B academic health system, extending high-quality care to more East Tennesseans,” Landsman said in a statement.
Landsman also praised the choice of Gray as his successor.
“His visionary thinking and problem-solving abilities have been central to UTMC’s growth thus far and make him a natural choice to lead us going forward,” Landsman said.
Gray joined UTMC in 2007 as a surgical oncologist. Since then, he has held a host of leadership roles, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief medical officer.
The UTMC board unanimously chose Gray to serve as the next CEO.
“I’m honored to have been chosen by the board to build on the foundation Joe and others have laid and am grateful to my family, colleagues, and mentors who have supported my journey,” Gray said in a statement.
“The next phase for UTMC will include working together to expand clinical services, strengthen educational programs and make new discoveries that provide access to affordable care for more East Tennesseans.”
CommonSpirit Health appoints chief philanthropy officer
Nancy Bussani has been appointed CommonSpirit Health’s executive vice president and chief philanthropy officer.
Bussani has also been named president of the CommonSpirit Health Foundation. She began the new role June 26.
She previously served as the ministry’s system vice president and later the system senior vice president of philanthropy strategy and governance starting in 2019.
Bussani returned to CommonSpirit in 2019 after serving briefly as Renown Health’s system vice president of philanthropy.
Prior to Renown, she served with Dignity Health for six years as system vice president of philanthropy and foundation board director. She also served as the vice president of university advancement and CEO for the Tower Foundation while at San Jose State University for more than 10 years.
She has been a guest lecturer at both San Jose State University’s College of Business and the University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business.
She also served on the Advisory Committee of Awaken Reno, a nonprofit focused on ending human trafficking, and also as a board director and officer of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.
Mass General Brigham names inaugural chief of infection control
Erica Shenoy was recently named chief of infection control at Mass General Brigham, a new leadership role for the system.
Previously, Shenoy was the medical director for infection control. In her new role, Shenoy will oversee the development and implementation of infection control strategies, policies, and measurement across the system. She is an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Shenoy was also recently appointed to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), a federal body that provides guidance on healthcare policy. In her role, she will offer expertise on infection control practices and reducing healthcare-associated infections.
“I am honored to be selected to serve on the HICPAC,” said Shenoy. “The focus on infection prevention and control has possibly never been greater during the COVID-19 pandemic, the global mpox outbreak, and surges of RSV and influenza last fall.”
Tom Sequist, chief medical officer at Mass General Brigham, said Shenoy will be “a tremendous asset” to the committee.
“In the aftermath of a global pandemic, infection prevention and control remain essential to ensuring quality healthcare delivery,” Shenoy said in a statement.
ChristianaCare elevates interim COO
After serving in an interim capacity, Richard G. Cuming has been named ChristianaCare’s chief operating officer.
Cuming has been serving as interim COO since the beginning of 2023. He joined ChristianaCare in 2016 as the system’s first chief nurse executive.
“Ric has been an invaluable asset to ChristianaCare over the past seven years, especially in navigating the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Janice Nevin, ChristianaCare’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Prior to coming to ChristianaCare, Cuming oversaw the strategic direction of nursing services, perioperative and emergency services at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab, Einstein Center One and Willowcrest, a skilled nursing center.
He also previously worked at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, as senior vice president and chief nursing executive, and he served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Jackson South Community Hospital.