Chutes & Ladders—CEOs of Jefferson Health, CommonSpirit Health announce retirements

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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.


Jefferson Health

Stephen Klasko, M.D.
(Jefferson Health)

Stephen Klasko, M.D., president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health, will be retiring at the end of this year, the academic health system announced.

Klasko has held his roles for the last eight years, during which time his organization grew rapidly from three hospitals to 18 as well as from $1.5 billion in annual revenue to $6.7 billion.

His time included the merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University. Further, Jefferson Health has laid out the groundwork for the acquisition of HealthPartners Plans, which will bring the organization to $8.1 billion in revenue.

Alongside the system’s growth, Klasko is also credited with securing substantial outside investments and philanthropic gifts. These include Jefferson’s largest and second-largest gifts of $110 million and $70 million, respectively.

Klasko will remain as a special adviser to the Jefferson board of trustees through the end of the organization’s 2022 fiscal year. Emeritus board trustee H. Richard Haverstick Jr. is slated to take over as interim president and CEO beginning Jan. 1, 2022.


CommonSpirit Health

Lloyd H. Dean
Lloyd Dean
(CommonSpirit Health)

Lloyd Dean will be retiring from his role as CEO of CommonSpirit Health next summer, the Catholic health giant announced this week.

His role at the top began 22 years ago as the CEO of Dignity Health (previously Catholic Healthcare West). Dean guided the system through its 2019 merger with Catholic Health Initiatives and was named the sole CEO of the resulting organization, CommonSpirit Health, in July 2020.

Under Dean’s guidance, the nonprofit system runs more than 1,500 care sites and 140 hospitals across 22 states. It is the single largest provider of Medicaid services.

The 71-year-old CEO is a vocal supporter of healthcare equality, often citing his own upbringing in rural Michigan as an influence on his advocacy. In recent years, he’s led the health system into "equity pledges," gun violence awareness and $100 million partnerships with the Morehouse School of Medicine and others to train more Black physicians across the country.

CommonSpirit’s board said it has begun a national search for a successor and plans to have its new CEO named before Dean makes his exit next summer.


Caravan Health

Tom Hawkes
(Caravan Health)

Tom Hawkes is stepping into the newly created role of chief information and digital product officer at Caravan Health, the accountable care organization builder announced this week.

Hawkes is already the company’s head of product, infrastructure and information security, having joined in 2017.

Caravan said he will maintain these responsibilities while taking on new tasks involving data and analytics, strategic planning and ACO production information.

Caravan also noted that Hawkes played a key role in the launch and implementation of its Caravan Coach platform that launched earlier this year.


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