Chutes & Ladders — Amedisys Announces CEO; Mercy adds 5 to the senior management team

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Paul Kusserow

Paul Kusserow will retire from his role as CEO of Home Health, Hospice and Personal Care Amedisys April 15th.

He will be succeeded by the President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Gerard, who drops the latter title and at the same time joins the company’s board of directors. Kusserow remains in his role as chairman of the board.

Kusserow has led Amedisys since 2014 and during that time has expanded its service lines to include personal care, palliative care, hospital in the home and skilled nursing in the home.

Chris Gerard

Amedisys also increased its market value from $ 900 million to more than $ 5.3 billion, its revenue by over 74% and its Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star score from 3.5 to 4.33 stars below his watch.

His successor has been with Amedisys for just over half a decade and the wider home, health and hospice for over 20 years.

Gerard was the co-founder, president and CEO of IntegraCare Home Health, which he sold to Kindred Healthcare in 2012. He stayed with Kindred as part of its Kindred at Home business for about four years before traveling as president of its South Central Region.


Incoming Mercy President and CEO Steve Mackin has announced a host of new senior management members who will accompany the director after his appointment on April 1 to the head of the Catholic health system with a revenue of $ 5 billion.

(From top, l to r) Cheryl Matejka, Dave Thompson, Ajay Pathak, Shannon Sock and John Mohart, MD

Shannon Sock will add to his responsibilities at Mercy as he takes on the dual roles of operations manager and chief strategist. He has been with the system for more than 20 years, and in particular has led projects that created Mercy’s supply chain operations department and rolled out an early implementation of its electronic medical record system.

John Mohart, MD, was named President of Mercy Communities and will be responsible for the system’s hospital operations. He is the first doctor to be appointed to the position.

Cheryl Matejka takes over as Mercy’s new senior vice president and chief financial officer, taking on Sock’s previous responsibilities. She has held a handful of Mercy leadership positions since 2006, particularly seeing several promotions in the system’s finance department.

Dave Thompson joins a new role as senior vice president of strategic integration. Thompson has been involved in designing many of Mercy’s current value-based contracts.

Ajay Pathak will step into an expanded role as senior vice president and chief strategic ventures officer. He is tasked with increasing Mercy’s outpatient and retail footprint after he most recently spearheaded the system’s acquisition of Dierberg’s pharmacy operations and Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care joint venture.

Alongside these five new appointments, Mercy noted that Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer; Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Jeff Ciaramita, MD; Senior Vice President of Population Health Gavin Helton, MD; Executive Vice President, Office of Transformation Joe Kelly; Senior Vice President of Mission and Community Health Kevin Minder; Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Betty Jo Rocchio; and Senior Vice President and General Counsel Phil Wheeler will all remain on Mercy’s senior executive team during the transition.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Rémy Evard
(Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center)

Rémy Evard joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to act as its Chief Digital Officer and Chief Technology Officer. He succeeds Claus Jensen, who left the organization back in May 2021.

With about 30 years of technological leadership under her belt, Evard joins the treatment and research institution from a stint as information and digital director for the life science venture capital firm Flagship Pioneering.

Prior to that, he held the role of Global Chief Information Officer at the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research from 2006 to 2018 and a decade with other leadership positions at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Evard will lead the design and execution of the cancer center’s digital strategy and build on the organization’s latest investments in digital tools and technological optimization. He will also lead its Digital Informatics & Technology Solutions team, which boasts more than 1,000 employees.

> Centene Corporation tappet Jim Murray as head of transformation.

> Privia Health added Jeffrey Sherman as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

> Department of Health and Human Services named Angela Ramirez to the role of Deputy Chief of Staff, replacing Anne Reid.

> Intermountain Healthcare appointed Allison Corry as Chief Supply Officer and Vice President of the Intermountain Healthcare Supply Chain Organization.

> Wellforce has brought Christine Madigan as his first consumer boss ever. She comes from a handful of global marketing and brand management roles at New Balance Athletics and starts in the healthcare system on January 24th.

> Manatt, Phelps and Phillips expanded its Manatt Health team with Christina Jenkins, MD, in New York as a National Adviser and Claudia Page in San Francisco as a Senior Advisor.

> LifePoint Health announced William Haugh as the new president of its mountain department, with effect from 31 January.

> Børnehospitalets Forening appointed Stanford Children’s Health President and CEO Paul King as chairman of its board.

> Having systems, a manufacturer of travel software, downloaded Bala Hota, MD, as senior vice president and chief informatics officer.

> Rhode Island Department of Health Manager Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, announced his resignation. She has been in the role since April 2016.

> Availability, a health information network, announced bobbi column as product manager.

> Cone health‘s Annie Penn Hospital appointed interim president Angie Orth as its permanent president.

> Spectrum Health West Michigan appointed Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Kimberlee Sherbrooke as senior vice president of medical group operations, effective February 28.

> UPMC named Patti Jackson-Gehris as Chief Operating Officer of its North Central Pennsylvania region and President of UPMC Williamsport, effective February 1st.

> Aon added Farheen Dam as its new head of North America Health Solutions.

> Crisis Prevention Institute previously hired Curora Health Care CEO Nick Turkal, MD, to sit on its board.

> VR bone, a virtual reality surgical training platform, named Cory Calendine, MD, to its Clinical Advisory Committee.


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