Chutes & Ladders—Beaumont Health's next president; Amwell's chief medical officer

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.

BHSH System

Benjamin Schwartz, M.D.
(BHSH System)

Benjamin Schwartz, M.D., will become president of BHSH System’s Beaumont Health on July 5, the newly merged organization announced Wednesday.

Schwartz is inbound from a senior vice president and eastern region physician executive position at Northwell Health. He’s also held a number of other director and management-level positions at Northwell and other organizations across his 27-year career.

Schwartz is board certified in gynecologic oncology as well as obstetrics and gynecology, serving on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He’s currently an associate professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Department of OB-GYN.

He takes over the position from John Fox, who had left Beaumont Health upon its merger with Spectrum Health in February, and is relieving interim president Nancy Susick. BHSH has been working to fill a handful of leadership positions that were vacated with the merger.


Carrie Nelson, M.D.

Carrie Nelson, M.D., is jumping from Advocate Aurora Health to Amwell where she’ll serve as chief medical officer for the virtual care company.

A family medicine physician, Nelson had spent half a decade at Advocate Aurora Health as senior vice president of population health as well as 11 years as the chief clinical officer of its affiliated population health and care management group, Advocate Physician Partners.

Nelson’s nearly 30 years of experience as a provider also saw her serve as a board member and president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and a chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Science and Health of the Public.

The new role will have Nelson working with Amwell’s provider and payer partners, with a particular focus on supporting their population health efforts. She’ll also have clinical oversight of providers practicing on behalf of Amwell Medical Group.

Providence Health Plan

cheryl morrison-bornstein
(Providence Health Plan)

Cheryl Morrison-Bornstein stepped up as the new chief operating officer of Providence Health Plan.

She stepped into the role, which places her in charge of the payer’s day-to-day operational and administrative functions, on June 6.

Morrison-Bornstein has nearly 20 years of healthcare experience under her belt, most recently having served as vice president of growth operations for commercial and consumer markets at Blue Shield of California (BSoC).

The role had her in charge of the development and execution of strategic operating models as well as overseeing the payer’s organizationwide growth, operation improvement and tech innovation efforts. Of note, she headed the launch of BSoC’s commercial self-funded employer strategy and operating model.

Morrison-Bornstein preceded her time at BSoC with a vice president role at UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx. There, she was in charge of initiatives focused on growth and retention.

American Medical Association

Frederick Chen, M.D.
(Washington School of Medicine)

The American Medical Association named Frederick Chen, M.D., as its new chief health and science officer.

Chen has spent more than two decades as faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, most recently as professor and vice chair for clinical services in its Department of Family Medicine. He was chief of family medicine at Harborview Medical Center, has his name on more than 75 medical journal articles and publications and serves on several journals’ editorial boards.

Outside of academia, Chen also was a senior adviser in the Bureau of Health Professions at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration and served on several national committees.

The organization said it plans to tap Chen’s experience across research, clinical practice and public health as it works to tackle misinformation and public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

> Surescripts, an e-prescription network, will see Frank Harvey succeed Tom Skelton as CEO beginning June 27.

> Cone Health named Vi-Anne Antrum as chief nursing officer, a role she’d held on an interim basis.

> AmeriHealth Caritas, a company providing Medicaid managed care and other health solutions, appointed Loretta Lenko as president of its exchange business.

> Akili, the maker of video-game-like prescription digital therapeutics, will see Matt Franklin join the company in the newly created roles of president and chief operating officer.

> Better Therapeutics, a prescription digital therapeutics company focused on cardiometabolic diseases, will see Frank Karbe step into the president and CEO roles beginning July 5.

> Lee Health System, a public health system in Florida, appointed Alexander Gumiroff, M.D., as system medical director of obstetrical services.

> Solera Health, a network of digital and community solutions for chronic conditions, named Bill Perilli as chief financial officer and Byron Crowe, M.D., as chief medical officer.

> HCA Florida West Marion Hospital appointed Suha DeLeon as chief nursing officer.

> WellSpan Health, in Pennsylvania, announced Faraaz Yousuf as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

> Lyniate, a healthcare data interoperability company, has promoted Scott Galbari to president, CEO and chief information security officer while adding Mikael Andén as executive vice president of sales.

> HonorHealth in Arizona named Tiffany Pankow, M.D., as vice president and chief of caregiver wellness and patient experience.

> Medtronic saw Ashwini Sharan, M.D., join up as chief medical officer of the device maker’s neuromodulation operating unit.

> eVisit, a care delivery platform, tapped Sachin Agrawal as president.

> Prolacta Bioscience, which provides human-milk-based nutritional products to hospitals for infant patients, tapped David Steinberg as chief financial officer.

> Stony Brook Medicine named Liz Popwell as chief strategy and transformation officer.

> Greater Good Health, a value-based primary care company with a nurse practitioner-centric model, added Matthew Gagalis as chief commercial officer.

> Workit Health, a virtual substance use disorder treatment provider, announced M. Justin Coffey, M.D., as chief medical officer.

> Imaware, a digital health company, named Chet Robson, M.D., and Angie Inlow as chief medical officer and chief growth officer, respectively.

> Enlitic, a medical intelligence company, added Paul Steinbach as vice president of engineering.