Chutes & Ladders—Northwell center for maternal health names director; Broward Health CEO joins DeSantis' transition team

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.

Color Health

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Caroline Savello has been promoted to president from chief commercial officer of Color Health, a health and technology company focused on genetic testing, counseling, healthcare access and other preventive care services.

In her new role, she will maintain her previous responsibilities including leading the company’s go-to-market team and collaborating with institutions responsible for the healthcare of large populations.

Savello joined the startup in January 2018 as head of business operations and shortly after transitioned to chief commercial officer. Before Color, she worked at Bloomberg LP as the chief of staff and global head of strategy to the CEO of Bloomberg Media, and subsequently the general manager of China initiatives.

The Burlingame, California-based company recently launched a behavioral health care solution offering mental care services for public health agencies, schools, employers and organizations tackling population health. During its series E funding in September of last year, the company boosted its valuation to $4.6 billion.

Intermountain Healthcare

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Rob Allen was elected as the new president and chief executive officer of Intermountain Healthcare from his previous role as the health system’s long-standing chief operating officer.

Allen has spent 25 years in healthcare leadership roles including time as CEO of hospitals in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wyoming. Since he began his work with Intermountain in 2008, he has filled positions such as region operating officer, CEO of Park City Medical Center, region vice president and chief operating officer, a position he held for the last six years.

Allen will succeed CEO Lydia Jumonville on Dec. 1. She will continue to hold the position of executive sponsor of integration for Intermountain until her planned retirement at the end of 2023.

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Jumonville was named interim president and CEO of the Utah-based health system after Marc Harrison left the position to run healthcare platform company General Catalyst. Before the interim role, Jumonville served as president and CEO of SCL Health before the Colorado-based health system merged with Intermountain.

DeSantis' transition team

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Shane Strum, president and chief executive officer of Broward Health, has been given one of the three chairs on the transition team for newly reelected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The team is being referred to as the “Keep Florida Free Transition Team.”

Strum previously served as chief of staff to DeSantis during his first term as governor. Following that appointment, Strum began his tenure at the five-hospital public health system, Broward.

“During my second term in office, we will remain focused on continuing to lead on the priorities that matter to Floridians like keeping our schools open and free from indoctrination, protecting and preserving our world-class environment, and maintaining a booming economy,” said DeSantis in a press release. “We look forward to building upon our many successes of the first term and identifying a top-notch team to continue the fight for Florida families, businesses and freedom.”

The team will advise DeSantis on his second-term appointments after speaking with state leaders.

Northwell Health

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Dawnette Lewis, M.D., has been named director of Northwell Health’s Center for Maternal Health.

Lewis’ appointment comes during the system's campaign to reduce maternal mortality rates with a specific focus on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality rates among Black birthers, which the health system’s press release noted was more than three times higher than white birthers. Northwell also noted that the U.S. has a mortality rate higher than any other industrialized nation.

Lewis has long been a leader in the fight against health inequities, according to Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling.

Lewis has practiced in the maternal-fetal subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology medicine for over 20 years. She has served as associate director of maternal-fetal medicine and associate director of patient quality and safety at Northwell's North Shore University Hospital and associate program director of the maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

In her new role, Lewis will oversee the maternal health program, which takes a 360-degree approach to improving outcomes by focusing on the delivery of care and social determinants of health to reduce the likelihood and severity of health conditions from pre-conception through the first year of life.

> Allegheny Health Network retitled Cynthia Hundorfean, who has served as president and CEO of the health system since 2016. In 2023, she will take on the role of chief living health development officer to focus on spreading the network's "living health" strategy.

> Rentschler Biopharma appointed Christiane Bardroff as chief operating officer and member of the executive board.

> Foresite Labs has hired Ian Tong as the healthcare incubating company's first chief clinical officer

> Pleno, a multi-omic instrument platform company, announced that Mark Gardner has joined its board of directors.

> Wellthy, a caregiving support company, has named Tyler Manning as its new chief financial officer.

> Saama Technologies hired Clinton White, Ph.D., to serve as chief delivery officer.

Cone Health has named Cynthia Rizzo as vice president of surgical services.

> Gravie, a health benefits company, welcomed Kevin Kickhaefer as its new president and chief growth officer.

> Cognoa, a pediatric behavioral health company, hired Sharief Taraman, M.D., as chief executive officer.

> IQVIA Real World Solutions unveiled Christina Mack as its new chief scientific officer.

> Harbor Care’s board of directors has selected Henry Och as president and chief executive officer.

> Kettering Health named Michael Mewhirter as interim chief executive officer.

Seagen, a Seattle-based biotech company, appointed David Epstein as new chief executive officer.

> Limeade, an employee well-being technology company, named Dave Smith as president and chief operating officer.

> VCU Health hired Ellen Wiegand as chief information officer and senior vice president.

> Meritus Health picked Miranda Ramsey to fill the position of vice president of physician services.