Chutes & Ladders—Ascension promotes data head to CIO; Baptist Health CFO to retire

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.


Gagan Singh

Gagan Singh has been promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer of Ascension, the executive announced in a LinkedIn update.

In his prior role as vice president and chief data officer, Singh hashed out the nonprofit system’s broader approach to managing and analyzing clinical and business data. He established a data governance operating model, an enterprise master patient index and an adaptive claims warehouse since joining up in 2019.

Gagan preceded his time at Ascension with more than a decade at Zurich North America, where he held senior specialist and vice president roles all focused on data management and enterprise architecture. His early career was spent as a software engineer for Satyam Computer Services, Wipro Technologies and SAP America.

Singh takes over for Gerry Lewis, who has held the system’s chief information officer role since July 2016. Neither Ascension nor the executives have publicly discussed Lewis’ departure.

Baptist Health

Steve Oglesby
(Baptist Health)

Steve Oglesby, chief financial officer, vice president and treasurer of Louisville, Kentucky-based Baptist Health, announced plans to retire in January 2023.

The 60-year-old came to Baptist in 1993 following time as a manager and senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche as well as a stint as director of financial planning for Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Those three decades with the health system saw Oglesby serve in a slew of finance roles such as assistant vice president of finance and vice president of financial strategy and integration. The former placed him in charge of systemwide accounting and financial forecasting, while the latter had him overseeing major system initiatives such as acquisitions.

Alongside an interim co-CEO role in 2017, Oglesby settled into the chief financial officer position in September 2016. The system today has operating revenue of nearly $4 billion and the highest-ever ratings from bond rating agencies, which CEO Gerard Colman attributed to Oglesby’s strong financial leadership.

Baptist Health has kicked off a national search to find Oglesby’s replacement.

Hinge Health

Mario Queiroz
(Hinge Health)

Mario Queiroz was named chief product officer of digital musculoskeletal company Hinge Health.

Queiroz comes to the well-funded startup with nearly 30 years of product leadership under his belt, most recently having held an executive vice president position at Palo Alto Networks.

Before that was 14 years at Google, where he led consumer hardware projects ranging from Chromecast to Google Home to Pixel smartphones, and other leadership roles at HP.

Hinge Health said its new executive will be tasked with guiding strategy for its tech-based musculoskeletal care offerings to ensure they are accessible, affordable and equitable for customers and users. The company has recently unveiled a handful of new offerings, such as a women’s pelvic health program in April.

Woebot Health

Moses Ike
(Woebot Health)

Moses Ike was tapped as the first chief financial officer of Woebot Health, a digital behavioral health platform built around a conversational artificial intelligence.

Ike is active in the digital health space, serving as a board director on several venture capital and private equity-based startups and completing transactions valued above $5 billion over the last decade.

He comes directly from a position at Paradigm Corporation as vice president and head of mergers and acquisitions and corporate development. Preceding that was a role as director of venture investments and corporate development for Blue Shield of California, where he oversaw the payer’s corporate venture fund.

The new senior position will see Ike reporting directly to Woebot CEO Michael Evers. He will take charge of the behavioral health tech company’s finance and administrative functions as well as collaborate with the CEO on strategic agreements, merger and acquisition analysis and capitalization strategies, according to the announcement.

> Home State Health, a Centene subsidiary, named Jeff Johnston plan president and CEO.

> AdventHealth named Tim Clark as president and CEO of AdventHealth Heart of Florida as well as president/CEO of its East Polk market, part of the West Florida Division. He currently serves as president/CEO of AdventHealth Apopka.

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana reportedly hired Rochelle Jones as vice president, benefit operations for customer service, and Michael Carriere II as vice president, benefit operations for enrollment and billing.

> Atrium Health named Phil Wheeler chief financial officer of Atrium Health Floyd, which includes Floyd Medical Center, Floyd Cherokee Medical Center and Floyd Polk Medical Center, all in Georgia.

> Montana brought on Mike Randol to serve as director of the state's Medicaid program.

> Baystate Health, in Massachusetts, announced Kevin Conway as senior vice president and chief information and digital officer.

> Memorial Hermann Health System, in Texas, announced Phillip Chang, M.D., as senior vice president and chief medical and quality officer.

> Flume Health, a digital platform for plan administration, hired on Richard Fu as chief growth officer. It also promoted Casey Hancock to senior vice president of engineering and Grant Parker to vice president of sales.

> MultiCare, in Washington, announced Mark Robinson as the new president of its MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Allenmore hospitals.

> 25m Health, the joint venture of LifePoint Health, 25madison and Apollo Global Management, named Marcus Osborne to its council of senior advisers. Additionally, the health tech incubator tapped Chris Poole as head of studio, Haley Eberly McDonald as head of product and Ryan Macy as head of engineering.

> Commonwealth Care Alliance will see Elizabeth Goodman step in as chief legal and public affairs officer beginning Aug. 1.

> Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital announced Bridget Gorman as chief operating officer.

> Bamboo Health, a healthcare technology company formerly known as Appriss Health + PatientPing, unveiled Guy Mansueto as chief marketing officer.

> Hospital Sisters Health System named Joseph Mullany as division president and CEO of its Illinois division.

> Curebase, a remote clinical study technology company, announced Scott Garcia as vice president of finance.

> The American College of Emergency Physicians unveiled Donald Yearly, M.D., as editor in chief for Annals of Emergency Medicine.

> Saint Francis Health System tapped Reetu Singh, M.D., as chief medical officer. Ryan Parker, M.D., and Scott Grantham, M.D., were also named as associate chief medical officers.

> Cedars-Sinai named Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez as vice chair of its department of computational biomedicine.

> Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, in Kansas, tapped Jonna Jenkins as its chief nursing officer.

> SmartLinx, a maker of cloud-based workforce management tools for healthcare, added Michelle Holmes as vice president of marketing.

> HCA Healthcare named Eric Schuck, M.D., as chief medical officer of its HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital. It also named Peter Hemstead as CEO of HCA Florida West Marion Hospital.

> The Massachusetts Medical Society elected Theodore Calianos, M.D., as president for a one-year term.

> Color Health added Ann Mather and Luis Borgen to its board of directors.

> Laguna Health made six additions to its advisory board: Larry Kaiser, M.D., Harlan Levine, M.D., Deborah Fine, Eyal Zimlichman, M.D., Buck Baker and Jason Shaplen.