Chutes & Ladders—CommonSpirit hires CIO Barchi From New York-Presbyterian; Ochsner Health shakes up leadership

 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.

CommonSpirit Health


Daniel Barchi has been named the new chief information officer and senior executive vice president of CommonSpirit Health. He will step into the role Nov. 7 and report directly to CEO Wright Lassiter III.

Barchi joins the Catholic health system from New York-Presbyterian, where he served as CIO for seven years. He previously held the same position at Yale New Haven Health System and Yale School of Medicine, where he led the implementation of a single electronic medical record system across three hospitals and the development of an information security operations center.

Early in his career, Barchi was brigade commander for the U.S. Navy and served at sea where he twice earned the Navy Commendation Medal for Superior Leadership.

The hire comes at a notable time after the 142-hospital health system recovers from a cybersecurity breach that began Oct. 3. and disrupted operations throughout the country’s second-largest non-profit health system.

Barchi’s early work in the position will include “supporting the ongoing response to the recent cyberattack, and identifying opportunities for using technology to improve patient, clinician and employee experiences,” according to a CommonSpirit press release.  

ProMedica Health System


Arturo Polizzi will serve as the ProMedica Health System's next chief executive officer, starting this past Monday. He will succeed Randy Oostra who is to retire after 25 years with the organization. For the last six months, the two have worked together to ensure a smooth transition.

Oostra had planned to retire earlier but waited to announce his exit until after the deepest uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic waned. He began his tenure at ProMedica as vice president at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in 1997 before leading several ProMedica hospitals and rising to the role of chief operating officer and president of the health system in 2006.

Polizzi started his career with ProMedica as an in-house attorney before taking various operational roles including general counsel, chief human resources officer and president of the metro Toledo ProMedica hospitals until 2018 when he became president and CEO of the Christ Hospital Health Network. He returned to ProMedica in January 2021 as COO.

“I’ve worked closely with Arturo for many years, and I’m confident he will be an exceptional CEO for ProMedica,” said Oostra. “We have been working on a transition plan for some time, and despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, he is well prepared to continue moving the organization toward long-term financial stability and success.”



Jaime Waydo has been hired as the Boston-based fitness tech start-up's new chief technology officer. Whoop also welcomed Pat Carroll, M.D., as its first chief medical officer.

Waydo made a name for herself in tech by leading safety efforts at Waymo, Google’s driverless vehicle startup and senior director at Apple. She began her career as a mechanical engineer at Hansen Medical before working as a mechanical engineer at NASA. During her tenure at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, she worked in the jet propulsion laboratory and the Mars science laboratory.

Carroll most recently held the position of first chief medical officer at Hims & Hers where he still sits on the board. He previously held the same position at Vida Health and Walgreens. Carroll began his career by spending two decades as a primary care physician.

The human performance company announces its entry into brick-and-mortar retail through Best Buy this week. Whoop has raised over $400 million in venture capital to date. Its most recent round of funding distinguished it as the world’s most valuable standalone wearables company, according to the digital health company. Carroll expressed the company’s interest in working with the Food and Drug Administration to become a regulated medical device in a Q&A with the Boston Globe announcing the hiring of the two executives.

Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health
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Pete November stepped into the role of chief executive officer at Ochsner Health Nov. 1 with the announcement of several promotions and appointments into key leadership positions.

November was promoted to the position after 10 years at the company including time as chief financial officer and digital health and chief administrative officer. He previously was executive vice president, general counsel and head of acquisitions at LHC Group, a provider of in-home healthcare services, and associate and equity partner at Alston & Bird, an international law firm.

The announced promotions and appointments include Robert Hart, M.D., being promoted to chief physician executive and president of Ochsner Clinic. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief medical officer. Mike Hulefeld held the position of Ochsner's system chief operating officer before adding the role of president to his title.

Tracey Schiro is now executive vice president, chief human resources officer and chief administrative officer; she previously worked as executive vice president, chief risk and human resources officer. Denise Basow, M.D., was promoted to executive vice president and chief digital officer after joining Ochsner early this year as the system's first chief digital officer.

> The Association of American Medical Colleges named Jonathan Jaffery, M.D., as chief health care officer.

> President Joe Biden has appointed Stephen Klasko, M.D., an executive-in-residence with venture capital firm General Catalyst, to the National Board for Education Sciences.

Tomorrow Health, a home-based care company, announced that Anna Lenhardt has joined as chief people officer and Ryan Colby has joined as head of go-to-market.

> Atrium Health Navicent selected Kim Shrewsbury as the new chief financial officer.

> Headway, a mental health platform, welcomed Olivia Davis as chief commercial officer and Servaes Tholen as chief financial officer.

> The GATC Health Advisory Board offered seats to two new members: Kevin Harrington and Brian Harrington.

Tabula Rasa HealthCare, a health tech company, named April Gill as chief commercial officer.

> RxLightning, a digital pharmaceutical company, today announced that Jared Klingeisen has been appointed as the company’s chief operating officer.

Medical Home Network, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, announced Abigail DeVries, M.D., as market medical director.

> Temple Health has appointed Chaudron Carter Short to the position of senior vice president and associate chief nursing officer along with the post of chair of Temple University's department of nursing.

> NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital hired Brenna Farmer, M.D., as chief of emergency medicine.

> Tje Cleveland Clinic-affiliated Ashtabula County (Ohio) Medical Center Health System announced that Michael Habowski will retire as president and chief executive officer in January.

> Interim HealthCare, a network of healthcare staffing services, welcomed Steve Schildwachter as senior vice president of brand and Scott Williams as vice president of talent.

> Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia has named Robert Uzzo, M.D., president and chief executive officer

> Virginia Commonwealth University confirmed that Arthur Kellermann, M.D., has resigned as health sciences senior vice president for the university and chief executive officer of VCU Health System. Dr. Marlon Levy is serving as interim senior vice president and CEO, effective immediately. Dr. Levy currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for VCU Medical Center, chair of the Division of Transplant Surgery and director of Hume-Lee Transplant Center.

> Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital welcomed Justin Olsen as vice president and chief operating officer.

> Munson Healthcare named Laura Glenn as chief operating officer and appointed Shelley Spencer as chief human resources officer.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System unveiled Mike Howard as chief executive officer.