Chutes & Ladders—Henry Ford Health names CEO; Walgreens taps multiple new hires

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.

Henry Ford Health 

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Robert Riney has been announced today as the president and CEO of Henry Ford Health, one of the nation’s leading health systems, where he has held the position of chief operating officer since 2003.

Riney joined Henry Ford Health in 1978 and has held a slew of positions in almost every operating unit in the organization. During more than 40 years at the company, his roles have included president of healthcare operations, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, SVP and chief human resources officer and VP of organizational design and effectiveness.

The health system serves the community across over 250 locations throughout Michigan. In the top five NIH-funded institutions in Michigan, the system participates in over 2,000 research projects annually and trains over 4,000 medical students, residents and fellows every year. 

As an active member of the Detroit Metro community, Riney serves as a current board member and past chair of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and a board chair of Business Leaders of Michigan.


Kaiser Permanente

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Payman Roshan has been appointed as the new senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente’s Orange County Service Area.

He first worked with the health system in 2005 as regional director of clinical technology and biomedical engineering.

His later roles included assistant medical center administrator and COO for the Baldwin Park Medical Center, senior vice president and area manager of the Panorama City and Antelope Valley areas, and most recently at Downey Medical Center.

Roshan will be tasked with health plan and hospital operational responsibility for both major medical centers, Anaheim and Irvine, along with 24 medical offices which serve nearly 600,000 patients.



Walgreens Boots Alliance 


Inderpal Bhandari has been appointed to WBA’s board of directors and Hsiao Wang has taken the role of senior vice president and chief information officer.

Bhandari served as IBM’s global chief data officer since 2015. During his four-decade-long career, he has worked at myriad companies including chief data officer at Cambia Health Solutions, Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions. He plans to help the chain increase and improve their technology-enabled healthcare solutions, according to a press release.


In his new role, Wang will lead WBA’s IT strategy with a focus on patient and customer digital experience and technology-enabled healthcare solutions for Walgreens and Walgreens Health. He most recently filled the roles of vice president and chief information officer at Sam’s Club where he established AI and robotic technology.

The company also announced that its board of directors has expanded its finance committee into a finance and technology committee to reflect “the importance and significance of technology in achieving the company’s goals.”


Children’s National Hospital 

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Kurt Newman, M.D., announces plans to retire as president and CEO of Children’s National Hospital. He will fill his current role throughout the CEO search and will aid the onboarding of his successor.

Newman has filled the role for 11 years, referring to the position in a press release as “the privilege of a lifetime.” He joined the hospital as a surgical fellow in 1984 before becoming surgeon-in-chief in 2003. He served as the vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation with the goal of making surgery for children minimally invasive. Last year, he received the CEO of the year award from the Washington Business Journal.

The Washington, D.C., hospital was ranked No. 5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings.

WittKieffer will partner with the board of directors to perform the search for a new leader.

> Ascension Health announced the departure of the health system’s Illinois chief executive officer Keith Parrott.

Mission Healthcare announces Mag VanOosten, R.N., to become the new chief clinical officer of the seven-state healthcare network.

> Somatus welcomes Joe Kimura, M.D., as chief medical officer of the kidney care provider.

University of Vermont Health Network names Sunil Eappen, M.D., as the next president and CEO of the six-hospital organization.

Banner Health created a new senior vice president position at the health system to be filled by Todd Werner. Lamont Yoder filled his position of division president for Banner’s Arizona region. Brian Kellar will expand his chief executive officer role to include Banner Baywood and Banner Heart Hospital. Michael Herring was promoted to chief executive officer of Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Infermedica, a health AI company, welcomed Amanda Bury as chief commercial officer and George Gellert, M.D., as medical advisor.

> B-Secur named Mark Bogart as senior vice president of U.S. healthcare of the heart health technology company.

> Advanced MedTech tapped Greg Miller for the role as the medtech company’s chief financial officer.

> iN2L + LifeLoop has named Navin Gupta chief executive officer of the senior living resident experience platform.

Barrett Hospital & HealthCare appointed a new chief executive officer, Taylor Rose.

Raintree Systems appointed Nick Hedges as chief executive officer, Darian Hong as chief financial officer and Rob Rust as new chief technology officer at the electronic medical records provider. 

Progyny, a fertility benefits company, added Lloyd Dean to its board of directors.

BDC Advisors hired Lindsley Withey as managing director of the healthcare strategy consulting firm.

CareRev named Filiz Genca as its chief operating officer of the digital health startup.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP brought on Thomas Schroeder as partner at the litigation law firm.

Carrum Health, a digital health company, appointed Seema Verma to its corporate advisory board.

> POCN, a nurse practitioner and physician associate network, announced Eunice Torres as senior vice president of project management.

Patina Health selected Reed Tuckson, M.D., to the virtual care platform’s advisory board.