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.
Meghan Joyce was hired as chief operating officer of tech-focused insurance company Oscar where she will focus on building, scaling, and leading Oscar’s operations. Joyce was previously a regional general manager for Uber where she oversaw business outcomes and the rider and driver experience across the U.S. and Canada, building a team from five people to more than 700 employees.
Joyce also previously served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, an investor for Bain Capital, and a consultant for Bain & Company. She serves on the board of the Boston Beer Company.
She holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
Jonathan Bush was named executive chairman of Boston-based Firefly Health after stepping down from his role as CEO of Athenahealth more than a year ago.
The startup provides health navigation and concierge medicine services by providing primary care to patients through a mobile app and clinic visits and just secured $10.2 million in a series A funding round led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Oak HC/FT.
"I have spent my entire career developing technologies and services to help providers better manage the more mundane aspects of healthcare," Bush said in a statement. "Firefly Health sets all of that aside. We take the best intelligence in modern physician medicine combined with the best digital technology, and we apply this new platform outside of the cumbersome and tedious claims-based medical system."
Bush co-founded electronic health record (EHR) and practice management company Athenahealth more than two decades ago. He resigned as CEO last June following several reports of unprofessional behavior and as the company was exploring "strategic alternatives," including a sale.
Firefly Health is primarily accessed through employers and is currently available to most commercially insured patients in Massachusetts. The company plans to enter several new markets in 2020.
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services
Keith Cook was named the president of the comprehensive pharmacy services ambulatory & specialty pharmacy division. Officials said in an announcement he will lead the CPS specialty division as market demand intensifies across the hospital industry for specialty pharmacy operations.
Cook was previously president of Avella Specialty Pharmacy, a senior buyer for Sam’s Club OTC pharmacy products and led clinical operations for Medicine Shoppe International.
He also served as vice president of MedImpact Healthcare System prior to joining CPS.
Tamra Minton was named vice president of nursing and quality at UPMC International, directing the sharing and implementation of health care quality best practices and measurement across UPMC’s overseas operations.
Those operations include working with public and private partners in Ireland, Italy, China and Kazakhstan.
> Nanne M. Finis was named Chief Nurse Executive at Kronos Incorporated, where she will lend her expertise in collaborative work across clinical, operational and administrative settings to guide strategic thinking and nurture strategic relationships across the healthcare marketplace internationally.
> Telehealth expert Karen Rheuban, M.D., joined the board of directors of Charlottesville, Va.-based telemedicine company Locus Health to assist the expansions of its telemedicine platform to children's hospitals and health systems across North America.
> Cybersecurity expert Axel Wirth was hired as chief security strategists for San Diego, Calif.-based healthcare security provider MedCrypt Inc. He will guide the company in critical security strategy decisions and support the adoption of critical security technology to the healthcare industry.
> Christina Losier was named a principal for global consulting firm Mercer's Health Business based in the Southfield, Michigan office.