Chutes & Ladders—Kaiser Permanente names new CEO; Trinity Health gets 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.



Greg Adams
(Kaiser Permanente)

Kaiser Permanente

Greg Adams was named the new CEO of Kaiser Permanente following the sudden passing of industry titan Bernard Tyson.

Greg Adams, Kaiser executive vice president and group president who was serving as CEO in an interim capacity, has been named full-time CEO by the board of directors, Kaiser Permanente announced.

Adams has 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive. In his prior position at Kaiser Permanente, Adams oversaw health plan and hospital operations in all eight regions Kaiser serves. 

He is also a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Executive Leadership Council. He's a previous chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and serves on the executive committee.


Ben Carter
(Trinity Health)

Trinity Health

Ben Carter was named the new chief operating officer at Trinity Health. Carter was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Carter will be responsible for leading all health and operational areas with Trinity Health regional CEOs and executive vice presidents for continuing care and administrative services reporting to him. 

Carter has previously overseen accountability for a number of regions operationally and leading merger and acquisition integrations. He was the interim leader of East Group operations from 2016 to 2017. 

He previously worked at the Oakwood Health Care System and was the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as Chief Operating Officer. Carter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a pilot and a sports enthusiast and is a board member with Mitch Albom’s SAY Detroit Foundation.

Thomas Shanley
(Lurie Children's)

Lurie Children's

Thomas Shanley, M.D., was named president and CEO of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Shanley succeeds Patrick M. Magoon who was in the role for 22 years. 

Shanley was previously Chairman of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and President & Chief Research Officer of Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children’s.

He recently led the relocation of Manne Research Institute to a new facility within blocks of the hospital aimed at strengthening the connection between the earliest phase of laboratory research and clinical work, and promoting a closer partnership with Northwestern University and Feinberg School of Medicine, officials said. 

Shanley was formerly associate dean for clinical and translational research and a professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School and director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. He has a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the University of Michigan.

> Former HCA Healthcare Inc. executive Juan Vallarino will become CEO of Brentwood, Tennessee-based MyNexus, replacing co-founder McArthur VanOsdale in the role. 

> RxSense, a Boston-based healthcare technology company, hired Vishal Arora as its chief technology officer for its enterprise division and Nitin Shingate as chief technology officer for its consumer division.