Chutes & Ladders—RWJBarnabas Health names next top exec; Cleveland Clinic taps new chief of diversity, inclusion

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.

RWJBarnabas Health

Mark Manigan
(RWJBarnabas Health)

Mark E. Manigan is set to become the next leader of RWJBarnabas Health, initially as president and later as the academic system’s CEO.

Taking over for retiring President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky, Manigan was handed the former position March 1 and will add the second role upon the longtime executive’s Dec. 31 departure.

Manigan has been with the organization since 2019 when he joined as executive vice president of business development. He was promoted to chief strategy and development officer a year later, where he was responsible for updates to the system’s strategic plan and oversaw its ambulatory services division.

Prior to joining up, Manigan was a healthcare attorney with Brach Eichler, where he had counseled publicly traded companies, health systems, payers and other organizations on issues like consolidation strategy, merger and acquisition and regulation. He also served on the healthcare transition teams of New Jersey governors Phil Murphy and Chris Christie.

John Doll
(RWJBarnabas Health)

Additionally, RWJBarnabas Health announced the appointment of John Doll to the role of senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Doll has held several leadership positions inside the organization, including chief integration officer, chief financial officer and chief financial and administrative officer. The newly created position will see Doll reporting to Manigan and heading the system’s day-to-day operations.

Cleveland Clinic

Jacqui Robertson
(Cleveland Clinic)

Jacqui Robertson was tapped as the new chief of diversity and inclusion at Cleveland Clinic, effective March 1.

She comes from Chicago-based investment bank and financial services company William Blair & Company, which she joined in 2016 as global health of talent, diversity and inclusion.

Preceding that were roles as senior director of inclusion and diversity at WW Grainger as well as vice president and global head titles at ING.

Robertson is slated to oversee the nonprofit system’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and lead systemwide initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion. In a statement, she highlighted the need to build a pipeline of new talent and create a culture that welcomes them to the organization.


David Feinberg, M.D.

David Feinberg, M.D., CEO of Cerner, has been elected to Humana’s board of directors a week after the payer announced a board refreshment plan to satiate major investor Starboard Value LP.

Feinberg has been serving as the top executive at Cerner since last August but brings years of provider and tech executive experience to the table.

Alongside a two-year stint at Google as the head of its health efforts, he led an operational turnaround as president and CEO of Geisinger Health and spent over 20 years across various leadership roles at UCLA Health Sciences and UCLA Hospital System.  

In the announcement, Humana said it expects Feinberg’s mindset and experience will help the payer improve customer experience, reduce costs and deliver returns to its shareholders.

Humana also said one of its incumbent directors of its board will not stand for reelection at its 2022 annual meeting and one will not stand for reelection in 2023. All told, it plans to have seven new independent directors appointed within a three-year period.

> Community Health Systems Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary Benjamin Fordham retired Feb. 28 but will be retained to provide legal consulting services through Dec. 31, 2024, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

> Trinity Health’s Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has named Brandon Francis, M.D., as its next chief medical officer effective mid-May 2022.

> Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will see Sarah Colley step in as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

> UConn Health announced four senior leadership appointments: Caryl Ryan as chief operating officer of UConn John Dempsey Hospital, Anne Horbatuck as chief operating officer for UConn Medical Group, Eric Kruger as vice president of facilities and operations and Jeffrey Hines, M.D., as chief diversity officer.

> University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center tapped Sylvia Radziszewski as chief operating officer.

> BJC Healthcare’s Christian Hospital announced Pooja Vyas as vice president and chief medical officer.

> Tenet Healthcare’s Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital is losing CEO Daniel Jackson.

> Summus, a virtual specialist platform, announced Julie Devine as head of strategic alliances.

> Sutter Health named Shannon Thomas as chief administrative officer of its Eden Medical Center.

> Ventra Health, a revenue cycle management, practice management and advisory services company, added Mia Stillman Taback as chief human resources officer.

> Singing River Health System in Mississippi announced the resignation of CEO Lee Bond, who has agreed to assist the system over the next few months as it seeks a replacement. Tiffany Murdock will step up as interim CEO during the search for a successor.

> Maury Regional Health in Tennessee named Davin Turner as CEO, effective Feb. 24.

> Renown Health announced Susan Lee as chief operating officer for its Renown South Meadows Medical Center.

> Videra Health, a mental health data gathering platform, added Rana el Kaliouby to its board of directors.

> Binx Health, a health tech and diagnostic testing company, announced Jeff Grosklags as a new member of its board.

> HSBlox named Michael Roach to its board of advisers.