Chutes & Ladders—CVS hires president of healthcare delivery; NewYork-Presbyterian welcomes new COO

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.

CVS Health

CVS Health
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Amar Desai, M.D., was appointed as the president of healthcare delivery of CVS Health, effective Oct. 17. In his position, he will oversee clinical delivery strategy, including support of retail health, chronic disease management and behavioral health.

As a part of the CVS Health executive leadership team, he will report directly to CEO Karen Lynch.

"This new organization will leverage the strength of the CVS Health portfolio to develop and implement payor-agnostic products and services," said Lynch. "Amar's deep background in clinical delivery and value-based care will be an asset as we continue to deliver high-quality health and wellness care to our members and consumers."

Desai most recently filled the role of president and CEO of Optum Pacific West, where he oversaw an integrated delivery network including over 20,000 physicians treating 2.5 million patients. Desai also held the position of president of the medical group, HealthCare Partners.



Brian Donley, M.D., was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian. Donley will step into the role Jan. 4.

Donley will fill the role of Laura Forese, M.D., who is retiring in June 2023 after an illustrious career as executive vice president and COO of the New York City-based hospital. She first joined the organization as vice president of medical affairs. She is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and held a faculty position at Columbia University since 1993. She announced her plans in May of this year.

Most recently, Donley served as chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic London. In this position, he opened Cleveland Clinic’s first hospital in Europe. He previously held various positions throughout the Cleveland Clinic organization.

Donley is currently a professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Association of American Medical Colleges


Danielle Turnipseed has been tapped as the Association of American Medical Colleges’ new chief public policy officer. She will join AAMC Nov. 1.

As CPPO, she will steer advocacy and public policy efforts related to medical education, healthcare delivery, medical research and community collaborations. Turnipseed previously served as a health policy adviser to two U.S. senators. During her work at America’s Health Insurance Plans, she oversaw a multimillion-dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressing diabetes prevention.

Turnipseed succeeds Karen Fisher who retired this year after a long career in health policy and advocacy culminating in nearly 20 years at the AAMC.

In January of this year, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International merged with AAMC to expand U.S. membership and reach to international academic health centers.


Ardent Health Services


Ardent Health Services named Carlene Callis as chief system integration and growth officer and Ben Jacobs as chief strategy and development officer of the Tennessee-based organization.

Callis has worked in healthcare for over 25 years including recent positions as corporate vice president of HCA Healthcare where she was responsible for market growth and development as well as overseeing key service lines.

In the position of chief system integration and growth officer, Callis will work to facilitate the ongoing evolution of healthcare delivery by evaluating all corners of the organization to "create value, leverage scale" across over 200 sites of care, according to a press release.


Jacobs previously held the positions of chief strategy and development officer at the physical therapy provider, Athletico, and chief development officer at national ambulatory surgical center operator, Surgery Partners. In his new position, he will oversee market development including expansion into new regions and services.

Ardent includes 30 hospitals and 26,000 employees.





> Providence Health has promoted Mark Premo to chief data officer and group vice president.

> Tenet Healthcare Corporation announced that executive chairman Ronald Rittenmeyer, has resigned due to personal health reasons. J. Robert Kerrey has been appointed to chairman of the board and reduced the number of authorized directors on the board to ten.

> Banner Health hired Michael Kupferman, M.D., as senior vice president of physician enterprise.

> Baptist Health South Florida, a 12-hospital health system, named Bo Boulenger as president and chief executive officer.

> Radionetics Oncology, a pharmaceutical company, announced the appointment of Umesh Gangadharmath, Ph.D. as senior vice president of technical operations.

> Sonder Health Plans, a Georgia-exclusive Medicare Advantage plan, tapped Suzanna Roberts for the role of chief executive officer and Michael Muchnicki as president and chief growth officer

> CRISP, the nonprofit health information exchange, named Craig Behm as president and chief executive officer for CRISP and CRISP Shared Services.

> MOBE, a data and digital health company, appointed Kathryn Moore to the position of vice president of sales of health plans.

> HCA Healthcare Capital Division and the Nashville, Tenn.-based Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute have welcomed Angela Fletcher as regional vice president of cancer programs

> Cure, a healthcare innovation campus in New York City, welcomed Seema Kumar as chief executive officer.

> AccessOne, a healthcare fintech company, ushered in Jeff Silverman as chief revenue officer.

> Kyros, the digital substance abuse recovery platform, added Nick Christianson as chief financial officer.

> Care New England announced that Michael Wagner, M.D., will succeed James Fanale, M.D., as president and chief executive officer.

> Lumeris, a value-based care technology company, named Ben Grabski as chief financial officer.

>TurningPoint Healthcare Solutions hired Shawn Mobley as chief commercial officer of the tech company focused on clinical and technology-enabled complex condition management.

> Health Network One welcomed Beatriz Assapimonwait to serve on its board of directors and David Greenberg as vice president of value-based contracting.