NAHSE Members on the Move

Shomari White has recently accepted the position of Associate Vice President of Foundation Operations for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Shomari White has recently accepted the position of Associate Vice President of Foundation Operations for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  In this role Shomari will serve as the one the Foundation’s principal thought leaders, with a focus on enhancing internal systems, processes and reporting in ways that support an institution-wide culture of philanthropy and continued evolution of CHOP’s charitable brand. Shomari will also lead the expansion of Concierge Services from solely supporting CHOP’s main campus to providing support to CHOP sites on a regional scale and supporting strategies to successfully close the comprehensive campaign and to foster the ongoing, sustainable expansion and impact of CHOP’s fundraising efforts.


Prior to his arrival to CHOP, Shomari White served as the Associate Vice President of Foundation Business Operations for Children’s Hospital Foundation in Washington, DC where he managed the Foundation’s $25M budget and Verizon where we he served in several senior management roles in finance and data reconciliation, and won numerous management awards for leading the top sales and service call centers in the Verizon Potomac region.


Herbert Buchanan will become senior vice president and ROO for AMITA Health South Region

Herbert worked most recently as a healthcare consultant after previously serving as president and CEO of Methodist and University Hospitals in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for all phases of strategy and operations. With 800 beds and 500 beds, respectively, the two hospitals comprise the 1,300-bed Academic Medical Center of Indiana University Health System. Herbert earlier was CEO of Howard University Hospital, which provides tertiary health-care services in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He also served as COO of University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore; vice president, operations, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago; and vice president, operations and process improvement, with Huntsville Hospital System in Huntsville, Alabama. He began his health-care career as a consultant in the health-care services division of Hamilton/KSA in Fairfax, Virginia.

ALTON (A.J.) BROOKS, JR. named  Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 40 under Forty honoree

The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named its 2018 40 under Forty honorees and NAHSE Atlanta’s very own Alton (A.J.) Brooks, Jr. was selected.



A.J. and the newly chosen award winners will be celebrated at an evening awards event Thursday, November 8th at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.



A.J. is the previous Past-President for NAHSE ATL and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Operations (Surgery Division) at WellStar Health System.



Read the full article from the ABC and a special Q&A segment with A.J. here.

Bill Manns will serve as the new president of two Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System announced that Bill Manns, currently president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, will serve as the new president of two Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.  Manns will transition to his new role in October once interim leadership is established at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.


Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is a sister hospital of St. Joe’s, part of a statewide health system created last fall when the Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in west Michigan combined their two systems to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network across Michigan.  


“As one of the top health systems in the country, Trinity Health is fortunate to have high quality leaders committed to advancing our healing mission,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.  “We looked within our existing ranks for a new hospital president, and interviewed several outstanding candidates. In the end, Bill’s qualities as an accomplished, dynamic and collegial leader with an impressive track record for results make him an ideal choice to lead St. Joe’s Ann Arbor and Livingston.”


St. Joe’s Ann Arbor is a 537-bed academic teaching hospital and tertiary care center that is in the midst of a $24-million Cancer Center renovation and expansion project. St. Joe’s Livingston is a 136-bed community hospital with many growing services including robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, new Breast Imaging Center in Brighton and innovative short stay unit providing overnight care for outpatient procedures. In 2017, both hospitals were named to Truven’s elite Everest Award winners for achieving the highest levels of sustained performance over five years.


“I’m looking forward to bringing my experience leading strategy in west Michigan now to the Ann Arbor and Livingston markets,” said Manns.  “This kind of synergy is an example of how we are building a strong statewide system that is truly integrated with enhanced resources and clinical capabilities that we can more easily implement across the state.”

Rashard Johnson named as President of Advocate Trinity and South Suburban Hospitals

Advocate Aurora Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Rashard Johnson as president of Advocate Trinity and Advocate South Suburban Hospitals effective September 24, 2018.


Rashard has a proven track record of operations leadership within the health care field. He has held leadership positions at numerous health care systems and has an exceptional ability to lead strategic planning and growth initiatives.


“Rashard’s background provides him with a diverse skill set that has helped him build high-performing teams that are both innovative and inclusive,”

said Rich Heim, executive vice president of the South Chicagoland region. “He is an accomplished leader with extensive operations, service line and community relations experience who will continue to advance results at Trinity and South Suburban Hospitals.”


He joins Advocate Aurora Health after serving for three years as vice president of operations and chief operating officer for CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals in the greater Houston, Texas area, where he oversaw support and ancillary services such as diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, plant operations, clinical engineering, environmental services, food services, outpatient clinics, and four free standing emergency departments.


Prior to CHI St. Luke’s, Rashard served for five years as the assistant vice president of support services for UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics in Dallas, TX. His work focused on providing leadership for the support services division of Clements University Hospital and University Hospital Zale Lipshy, comprising 640 beds and 16 clinics.


Rashard earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Greater Houston March of Dimes, The Woodlands Family YMCA, and the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.


A New Choice For Life

MRMC welcomes new Chief Operating Officer James Nixon.


Meadows Regional Medical Center announces the addition of James Nixon, FACHE, as Chief Operating Officer, to the Meadows team.


James completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Mercer University and his Master of Science in Health Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Management (FACHE) and has spent the last 10 years as an administrative leader in the healthcare field.


James, a native of Tifton, Georgia, served as the Vice President in different capacities and divisions at Tift Regional Health System. James and his wife Angeanette McCall Nixon, a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor, are eager to become involved in the Meadows Regional health system and the local community.


Source: Meadows Health

Jonathan Watkins Named New CEO Of Broward Health Imperial Point

Jonathan E. Watkins, MPA, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP).


Watkins will be responsible for the overall leadership of the 200-bed acute care hospital, which offers medical-surgical inpatient care, behavioral health services and a wide variety of outpatient services. He will also direct BHIP’s overall administration and related regional operations to assure quality patient care and service in collaboration with Broward Health’s executive team.


“Jonathan is a dynamic leader and a strategic thinker who brings years of senior healthcare administration experience to Broward Health Imperial Point,” said Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso. “We are thrilled that he’s joining our leadership team and I’m confident that he will lead BHIP’s continued success.”


With more than 10 years of combined healthcare administration and general management experience, Watkins most recently served as chief operating officer at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals & Health Plan in California’s Central Valley area, where he facilitated, directed and coordinated operational activities and programs related to the day-to-day operations of three hospitals. Prior to that, he served as vice president of clinical operations/chief operating officer of Medical North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he was responsible for leading, developing and executing key business strategies, as well as directing and administering day-to-day operations.


Watkins holds a master’s degree in public administration with a certification in health administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He was named the 2013 National Association of Health Services Executives Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and is past president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives.


Source: PR News Wire

Iredell Health System Welcomes New Assistant Vice President of Nursing

Iredell Health System is pleased to welcome Dennis Campbell II, MS, RN as Assistant Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services. In his new role, Campbell will work to shape nursing practice and to ensure a high quality of care for Iredell Health System patients. He joins the nursing leadership team headed by Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services, Becky Quate, DNP, RN.


Campbell began his nursing career in critical care and most recently served as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for Behavioral Sciences for Cone Health in Greensboro. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of Science of Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality and holds his Nursing Executive, Advanced certification from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in nursing practice.


Campbell says he looks forward to being part of Iredell Health System’s mission to Inspire Wellbeing — Together.


“The Iredell Health System mission is one I can get behind and celebrate,” said Campbell.“My inspiration comes from the trust that people put in us as nurses to be there for them at the most vulnerable times in their lives.”


Source: Iredell Health

Ronnie Ursin Named President and CEO of Jennersville Hospital

Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, has been named President and CEO of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pa. He will begin today, January 2.


Ursin joins Tower Health from Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La., where he has worked as Chief Nursing Officer since December 2015. In that position, he has been executive and operations leader for Patient Care Services, including Emergency Services, Surgical Services, Cardiology, ICU, Progressive Care, Medical- Surgical, Skilled Nursing, Women’s Center, Pharmacy, Respiratory, Inpatient Dialysis, Wound Care, Sleep Center, Environmental Services and Dietary.


Prior to his work at Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Ursin was a Division Director, Medical, at Reading Hospital from September 2013 to December 2015. A member of the nurse executive team, he was responsible for operations and delivery of patient care for the Medical, Stroke, Cardiac, Pulmonary, Geriatrics and Oncology departments.


During his career, he also has held positions as Senior Director, Nursing, at Providence Hospital – Ascension Health in Washington, DC; Nursing Director, Pulmonary, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC; Clinical Director for Inpatient Services at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas, La.; and Department Director, Acute Medical, at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Md. He also served as a staff nurse, Acute Medical, at Suburban Hospital.


Ursin’s degrees include a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Finance from Hood College in Frederick, Md.; a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in Executive Leadership from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; a Master of Science with a focus in Health Services Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.; and a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Public Health – Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans, La.


Tower Health is happy to welcome him back to the team.

Clinton Fields Named Group Facility Administrator for DaVita Kidney Care 

Clinton Fields, immediate past NAHSE Parliamentarian, is now the Group Facility Administrator for DaVita Kidney Care in the Tampa Florida region.  In this new role, Clinton provides operational oversight of existing and new DaVita clinics. Prior to this, he was the Department of Surgery’s Clinical Operations Director at Washington University School of Medicine. Clinton also currently serves as the program advisory committee member for North Central University’s Health Administration programs.


Clinton started working in healthcare as an ambulatory aide at  Cook County Hospital in Chicago at the age of 16. After completing a B.S. in Biology at Saint Xavier University, Clinton was led to join the Chicago Police Department where he served as a patrolmen, gang investigator, and FBI violent crimes task force officer for over a decade.  During this time he received an MBA from Saint Xavier University and a MS from University of Chicago.


Clinton, a committed NAHSE member, identified other healthcare leaders in Kansas City while he served as an Associate Administrator and Clinical Operations Coordinator at Truman Medical Centers.  These leaders shared a common goal, which led to the culmination of the Kansas City Regional Chapter.

Sherri Peavy named SeniorWell’s new Chief Operating Officer 

SeniorWell, a mobile healthcare company delivering on-site podiatry, optometry, dentistry, and audiology services to seniors residing in long-term nursing facilities across the Midwest, announced the hiring of Sherri Peavy, MBA, BSN, RN as Chief Operating Officer.


As SeniorWell’s new Chief Operating Officer, Peavy will increase operational efficiencies to better serve SeniorWell’s employees and patients. Peavy is a lifelong native of Chicago and has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She will bring to SeniorWell an extensive expertise in business development, patient program development, physician relations, professional and technical staffing, clinical operations and strategic planning.


“My goal is to strengthen an already wonderful culture at SeniorWell, by developing strong teams that work efficiently together to deliver the best service to our clients,” said Sherri Peavy, SeniorWell COO. “Hiring top talent, rewarding strong performers, and developing organizational discipline throughout departments are all priorities.”


“We are thrilled to add Sherri Peavy to our growing executive team,” said John Moroney, SeniorWell CEO. “Her breadth of experience working with nationally ranked academic medical centers and interacting regularly with physicians and senior leadership to drive significant operational-focused results and enhancements are few of the many reasons she’s a great fit for this role.”

Gabrielle Cummings, promoted to President of NorthShore Highland Park Hospital

NorthShore University HealthSystem announced leadership appointments at three of its four hospitals as it focuses on organizational alignment to better position itself in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The three leaders – Jesse Peterson Hall, named as President of NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital; Gabrielle Cummings, promoted to President of NorthShore Highland Park Hospital; and Dave Rahija, promoted to President of NorthShore Hospital – bring nearly four decades of combined leadership experience at NorthShore to their new roles.


“The appointments of Jesse, Gabrielle and Dave are in keeping with our strong track record at NorthShore of cultivating talent and promoting from within the organization,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher. “I’m confident that their knowledge and depth of experience will help us further advance NorthShore into a best-in-class integrated healthcare system.”


These moves are part of a broader realignment at NorthShore designed to harness the organization’s talent and promote integration across the system’s four hospitals and among its physicians, other staff and overall operations. They are reflective of the ongoing transformation in the healthcare industry and a demonstration of NorthShore being proactive in pushing change to position the organization for continued success.