Chutes & Ladders—LifePoint Health taps new chief diversity officer; Providence Health System welcomes new treasurer

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.

Providence Health System 


Rafael Martinez-Chapman joined Providence Health System Dec. 12 as senior vice president and treasurer of the Washington-based not-for-profit health system.

Martinez-Chapman comes to Providence from Lumen Technologies where he was promoted to the position of senior vice president, treasurer and head of corporate finance. He previously held similar roles at CenturyLink, Wachovia Securities and JPMorgan. Martinez-Chapman will report to Chief Financial Officer Greg Hoffman.

Martinez-Chapman brings knowledge of capital markets, risk and cash management and capital allocation and structure.

The hire comes less than a month after Providence posted a $164 million operating loss in quarter three, a notable setback after the health system already reported being down $934 million in the second quarter. High labor costs, weak volumes and other economywide pressures were blamed for the financial downturn.

Providence Health Plan

Providence Health Plan

Providence Health Plan (PHP) announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of Scott Burton as market president of commercial and Shannon Drotning as market president of consumer and specialty.

Following a year of growth, both individuals were promoted internally thanks to demonstrated success as the health plan expanded coverage in new markets.

Burton joined PHP as vice president of growth strategies earlier this year. Burton will now be responsible for state and regional commercial sales and growth strategy, leading the sales and account services teams, managing operations of all health plan commercial business and developing PHP's commercial strategy. He most recently supported enterprise objectives as director of commercial sales and enterprise account revenue at Cambia Health Solutions.

Providence Health Plan

Since September 2019, Drotning has led PHP’s Medicare and individuals lines of business. She began her career with PHP as a customer service representative in 1994. During her tenure at the company, she has led the expansion of services for members, including Medicare Advantage and Medicare Advantage Group, including entry into the Orange County, California, market. She will now be responsible for state and regional consumer and specialty sales and growth strategies as well as overseeing the consumer lines of business.



LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health named Rena Marsh as the healthcare delivery network’s new chief diversity officer, effective Dec. 5.

March joins Lifepoint from her position as diversity and inclusion oversight specialist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In this position, she provided DEI and equal employment opportunity oversight, analysis and review at Federal Reserve banks and U.S. bank holding companies.

She previously held roles as the director of human resources at LMI and CACI International. Early in her career, she served as human resources business partner for Fannie Mae, communications lead at Science Applications International Corporations and diversity programs manager for the mission systems sector at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

LifePoint has boasted some recent high-powered partners including Google Cloud; the  healthcare company will use its technology to synchronize its health systems.

Commonwealth Fund

Commonwealth Fund

Commonwealth Fund named Joseph Betancourt as its new president on Jan. 17.

Betancourt will succeed David Blumenthal, M.D., as the head of the national philanthropic organization. During his tenure, which began in 2013, Blumenthal led initiatives to address racial and ethnic disparities across healthcare. Blumenthal announced in May that he would be stepping down at the end of 2022.

Most recently, Betancourt was senior vice president for equity and community health at Massachusetts General Hospital where he oversaw the hospital’s center for diversity and inclusion, disparities solutions center, center for community health improvement and centers focused on gun violence prevention, community health innovation, immigrant health and global health.

Betancourt will be the Commonwealth Fund's first Latino president.

The World Health Organization appointed Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu as chief nursing officer.

> Jefferson Health tapped Baligh Yehia, M.D., as the new president of the Philadelphia-based health system.

> Marshfield Clinic Health System announced that Susan Turney will step down from the role of chief executive officer following the Wisconsin-based health system’s proposed merger with Duluth, Minnesota-based Essentia Health.

> UnitedHealth Group's board of directors names Kristen Gil, also a vice president at Alphabet, as its new board member.

> Centene has promoted Ken Fasola to president and Jim Murray to chief operating officer as current president and COO Brent Layton plans to retire. 

> MedTrainer has unveiled Kevin Stineman as the new chief operating officer and Evan Horibe as the vice president of sales at the healthcare compliance software company.

> Akido has named Leslie Margolin as the head of healthcare networks of the care delivery platform.

> Genesis Health System, based in Davenport, Iowa, announced that CEO Doug Cropper will retire in June 2023.

> Prisma Health revealed that Nick Patel, M.D., has left his post as chief digital officer.

> The Oregon Health Authority has appointed James Schroeder, chief executive officer of Health Share of Oregon, as its interim director.

> Cleveland Clinic London welcomes Lindsey Condron as chief of operations, Rai Mughal as chief information officer for London sites and Abigail Stapleton as executive director of international strategy.

> Temple University Health System appoints Carl Sirio, M.D., as its new chief medical officer.

> New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated two new members for the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors: Hetty Rosenstein and Kelly Maer.

> Generate Biomedicines taps Dimitris Agrafiotis as chief digital officer.

> Constellation, a tech-enabled advertising company, welcomed Melissa Gunn as the new senior vice president and head of pharma.