Chutes & Ladders—Tulane Health System names CEO; Vanderbilt hospital nabs Michigan Medicine exec

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(Lia Shaked)

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.

Tulane Health System

Bob Lynch

Bob Lynch, MD, was named CEO of Tulane Health System. Lynch served as Tulane Medical Center's CEO from 2007 to 2014. Most recently, he served as interim CEO of the health system since October.

In the role, Lynch will oversee Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, as well as Tulane's Lakeview Regional Medical Center campus in Covington. He will also advance the hospitals' partnerships at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Lynch has served on the board of directors for PhysIQ, a med/tech company that develops predictive analytics for the monitoring of patients. He also previously served as director of the South Central Veterans Affairs Health Care Network and held academic leadership roles at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Lynch is an Air Force veteran.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Lynch succeeds Dr. William Lunn, who was promoted within HCA Healthcare last year to a position in Richmond, Virginia.

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital

Shon Dwyer 

Shon Dwyer, a long-time exec at Michigan Medicine was named CEO of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital in Nashville. She will begin the position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on March 2, officials said in an announcement.

Dwyer is the executive director of Michigan Medicine’s University Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center. She will be part of the medical center’s senior leadership team working with clinical department chairs and other operational leaders will ensure patient-focused, results-oriented operations throughout the hospital, officials said. She will also be responsible for the hospital’s long-range objectives, including continuing to serve as a major participant in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Business Administration. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cook County Health System

John Jay Shannon's ouster as CEO of Cook County Health System could prove costly, the Chicago Sun-Times reported

Shannon, M.D., was booted by the board of the health system back in November. According to the Sun-Times, Shannon is entitled to one year's salary—worth $517,500—plus a year of Cobra healthcare benefits worth an additional $25,000. Beyond that, the search itself could carry a hefty price tag with the last CEO search tallying up to about $145,000.

Shannon's interim replacement is Debra Carey.

Seth Cohen was promoted to CEO of San Francisco-based health tech company OODA Health. Cohen, a co-founder, has been president of the company since it launched in January 2018. Former CEO and OODA Co-Founder Giovanni Colella, M.D., now assumes the role of Executive Chairman.

> Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced Paul A. Carr-Rollitt joined as a healthcare partner in its Los Angeles office.

MindPath Care Centers, North Carolina’s largest outpatient mental and behavioral healthcare provider, appointed Dave Nelson to serve as chief development officer at the Advanced Urology Institute of Georgia.

> Cleveland Clinic's former Chief Information Officer Edward Marx joined the careMESH Board of Advisors.