Chutes & Ladders—CIO moves from Ochsner to Sutter Health; Oshi picks up 2 execs, wins ATA innovators' challenge

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.

Sutter Health

Sutter Health
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Laura Wilt has been selected as the next chief digital officer of Sutter Health.

Wilt will work to accelerate digital innovation and initiatives for the health system serving 3.4 million patients. Her efforts will include building better digital connections with patients while easing the physician and caregiver journey through improving the electronic health record user experience. EHR interactions will be enhanced by improving the system’s AI and machine learning capabilities, thereby expanding usability of Epic workflows.

Wilt spent the last decade at Ochsner Health, most recently in the role of chief information officer. During her tenure at the Louisiana-based health system, she helped develop new care solutions, digital tools and patient management capabilities. Some of these tools included virtual nursing units and patient engagement apps.

She was previously the president of Intellistar Consulting after advising health systems as a member of the Epic Systems’ implementation services team.



Randy Forman and Ryan Powers have been tapped for the roles of chief commercial officer and chief financial officer, respectively, at Oshi Health, a virtual gastrointestinal health company.

Forman was the first commercial employee at Livongo, the digital health company working to improve chronic disease outcomes through combining data and care protocols. At Livongo, musculoskeletal care company Vida Health and mental health company Path, he led commercial strategy across multiple sectors. He also held the position of vice president of federal programs and national labor at Teladoc.

Powers joins Oshi from digital behavioral health company NOCD, which he helped grow from 30 to 300 employees in the span of two years. He held multiple senior positions at SMS Assist, held the position of chief financial officer at surgical tool company Versah and was a co-founder of Markit Medical, a healthcare referral platform.


Oshi recently won people’s choice in the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth Innovators Challenge.




Vivian Health


Adam Greenberg has been named chief financial officer, while Ved Sinha has appointed to the role of chief product officer at Vivian Health, the healthcare jobs digital marketplace.

Greenberg will drive Vivian’s financial goals through marketplace expansion by upping the amount of opportunities clinicians are able to access and pursue. He most recently headed finance strategy and business operations at Roofstock, a marketplace for real estate investors. For nearly a decade, he worked with WW, formerly known as WeightWatchers, as the senior vice president of North America finance and supply chain.


Sinha brings two decades of experience in product management and innovation, including time at talent solutions company Robert Half, where he filled the role of vice president of product management. Sinha also brings experience from his time at Edmodo, an educational technology platform, and Upwork. He will spearhead Vivian’s product solutions strategy with the goal of increasing engagement and loyalty.



Avi Mukherjee joins Verato as chief product officer for the healthcare identity verification company.

Mukherjee will lead innovation for the healthcare hMDM identity management solution, including go-to-market strategy and engineering teams. Verato serves 80 organizations, according to the company. A Verato press release announcing the appointment noted that according to its research, 72% of healthcare execs were concerned about inaccurate personal data.

Mukherjee has previous experience scaling cloud SaaS companies for healthcare in roles such as head of healthcare customer solutions within health systems and payer customers at Google-owned Verily. Before working with Google, he held senior roles at Evariant, Capital BlueCross and Optum.

“After introducing healthcare's first hMDM solution, Verato allowed organizations to approach identity as a foundational element in the healthcare enterprise, supporting critical IT initiatives around identity—whether patient, consumer, member, provider or employee,” Mukherjee said in a press release. “I look forward to continuing in that direction and expanding our technology to support the needs of our customers.”

> Transcarent named Tom Richards to serve as its executive vice president of business development

> Jefferson Health named Stacey-Ann Okoth senior vice president and associate chief nursing officer

> UCSF tapped Cynthia Barginere as the health system's new president of adult services and Timothy Kan as chief strategy officer.

> CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has named Daniel Zohorsky as vice president of strategy and corporate development

> The American Telemedicine Association welcomed Sree Chaguturu as chair-elect of the board of directors

> Swift Medical, a digital wound care health technology company, has selected Brian Litten as chief executive officer.

> University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia appointed Emily Fondahn as chief quality officer.

> RVI Group taps James Bedard as chief financial officer of the specialty insurer

> Blue Shield of California has named Haley Mixon as chief human resources officer.

> Yuvo Health, a tech-enabled administrative and managed-care solution for community health centers, named Selase Dow as its new chief operating officer.

> VITAS Healthcare unveiled Alexander Fernandez as the company's new chief financial officer.

> Prime Therapeutics, a pharmacy benefit manager, hired Matt Patella as its new vice president and general manager for national and mid-market accounts.

> Providence Swedish announced that Guy Hudson will be stepping down as chief executive of Providence’s North Division April 1 and as president and chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services Sept. 30. Effective April 1, Kevin Brooks, current chief operating officer of Providence Swedish, will assume the role of North Division chief executive.

> Tell Health, creator of health-focused social media app Tell, announced the first five members of its medical advisory board: Heather Giannini, M.D., pulmonologist and critical care physician at Penn Medicine; Peter Kahn, M.D., pulmonologist and critical care physician at Yale New Haven Hospital;  Vivek Moitra, M.D., division chief of critical care medicine in the department of anesthesiology at Columbia University; Marilynn Parker, family nurse practitioner; Christopher Worsham, M.D., pulmonologist and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

> Digi International, an internet of things company, placed Hartford Healthcare Chief Information Officer Joel Vengco on its healthcare advisory board.

> Personalis, a precision oncology genomic company, appointed Christopher Hall as chief executive officer. Aaron Tachibana was promoted to chief operating officer, in addition to his role as chief financial officer. Richard Chen has also been promoted to executive vice president of research and development.

> Ocelot Bio has announced the appointment of Jennifer Schranz to its board of directors.

> Waystar, a provider of healthcare payments software, promoted Missy Miller to the role of chief marketing officer.

> Trinitas Regional Medical Center named Nancy DiLiegro as president and chief executive officer.

> Raleigh General Hospital welcomed David Bunch as chief executive officer.

> ArtPrize 2.0 named SXSW veteran Catlin Whitington as executive director.

> AtlantiCare CEO Lori Herndon announced her plans to retire.