Chutes & Ladders—Sword Health taps chief legal officer with background in fintech

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.

SCAN Group


Renée Delphin-Rodriguez has been hired as chief legal officer for nonprofit provider of Medicare Advantage plans SCAN Group.

The Long Beach, California-based company bills itself as one of the fastest-growing nonprofit Medicare Advantage providers. Delphin-Rodriguez most recently spent four years as a partner at Crowell & Moring’s Los Angeles office. In her new role at SCAN, she will be replacing general counsel Kevin Kroeker, also a former Crowell & Moring Los Angeles partner, who will be retiring after two years at the company.

Preceding her time at Crowell & Moring, she spent two years as general counsel and chief compliance officer at SynerMed following two years at DaVita HealthCare Partners. SCAN is currently completing a merger with Portland, Oregon-based CareOregon. If the impending merger is completed as planned, SCAN will shift to the moniker HealthRight Group. Delphin-Rodriguez will aid in the completion of the merger.



Bob Waegelein has joined substance use disorder value-based healthcare provider Wayspring as its new chief financial officer.

Wayspring provides medical, behavioral health and social support services to people with complex needs. In his new role, Waegelein will lead financial initiatives across the organization as it expands into two new states in 2023 and two additional markets slated for 2024.

Waegelein has spent the last decade overseeing financial operations at value-based care organizations. Most recently, he held the position of senior vice president of finance at Monogram Health. Previously, he was named CFO at PopHealthCare and was one of the first employees at naviHealth.

Community Health Systems


J. Anton Hie has joined Community Health Systems as vice president of investor relations.

Hie holds two decades of experience in healthcare investment. He comes to the healthcare company by way of Adapt Health where he helped establish the internal investor relations department and held the same role he will be filling at Community Health Systems.

Before working at Adapt, he worked with RBC Capital Markets for 12 years as a research analyst and assistant vice president focusing on the healthcare services and managed care industries.  

“Anton is well respected in the investor community and brings deep experience in financial and strategic analysis to this role,” said Kevin Hammons, president and chief financial officer of Community Health Systems, in a press release. “His knowledge of the healthcare services industry will support effective communications of the value we deliver to our shareholders, and we are excited to welcome him to our team.”

Sword Health

Sword Health
(Sword Health)

Beth Stevens has been tapped as chief legal officer at virtual physical therapy provider Sword Health.

Stevens most recently worked as general counsel at One, a consumer fintech company backed by Ribbit Capital and Walmart. She also led legal teams at real estate company Opendoor, fintech lender Earnest and defunct ride-share company Sidecar. She replaces Carla Newell, who spent a year as chief legal and risk officer of Sword before moving to a consulting and advisory role last November.

New York City-based Sword Health launched its first product in 2020 and now supports 2,500 organizations that use the service as an employee benefit. As of November 2021, the company’s valuation was $2 billion.

> HealthPartners has named Megan Schmidt as senior vice president of health solutions.

> Amwell today announced the appointment of Kathy Weiler as executive vice president, chief commercial and growth officer.

> Washington Permanente Medical Group selected its new executive medical director, Linda Tolbert, M.D.

> Corewell Health announced that Jason McCarthy, Pharm.D., has been named chief pharmacy officer.

> The American Telemedicine Association added three new directors to its board: Marc Adelson, Kavita Patel, M.D., and Sarah Pletcher, M.D.

> Ria Health, a telehealth provider of alcohol use disorder treatment, appointed Bill Stapleton as its new chief executive officer.

> Tegria welcomed Jen Morgan as chief financial officer and Prasanna Gunjikar as chief growth officer.

> Neurotrack named Shawn Lemerise as its first chief growth officer.

> Lakeview Hospital unveiled Benjamin “Ben” Richaud as chief executive officer.

> CareQuest Institute for Oral Health announced that Leslie Carver has joined the organization as chief operating officer

> ModMed appointed Venkatesh Jayaraman as the company’s chief technology officer.

> The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced Amol Vyas as vice president of interoperability.

> Rhapsody, a healthcare data interoperability company, named Jeff Chiumiento as its chief financial officer.

> Atlas Health appointed Kevin Czarnecki as chief sales officer.

> Shyam Bishen has been tapped as head of the newly formed Centre for Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

> Sesame announced that Max Metral has joined its leadership team as chief technology officer.

> Perkins&Will hired Amy Williams as principal and Midwest regional health practice leader.

> Bone Health Technologies named Pamela Peeke, M.D., as its new chief medical officer and board member and appointed two new board members: Kian Beyzavi and Marcie Hamilton.

> Particle Health, an interoperability platform, appointed Jason Prestinario as its next chief executive officer. Troy Bannister, founder and current CEO, will continue with Particle as chief strategy officer.

> Sarah Cannon Research Institute announced that Ishwaria Subbiah, M.D., has been appointed executive director of cancer care equity and professional wellness.