Bon Secours Mercy Health president resigns and more

ECU Health hires its first chief nursing executive, HCA Gulf Coast appoints a new vice president, and the Pennsylvania Hospital Association chief retires.

Brian Smith, president of Bon Secours Mercy Health, said Tuesday that he will be retiring on December 31.

Smith has spent more than three decades in the healthcare system. He is credited with playing a key role in the integration of Bon Secours and Mercy Health.

“When I started as a payroll and benefits manager in 1990, I had no idea that Mercy Health – and later Bon Secours Mercy Health – would be my professional home for 32 years,” Smith said in a statement. “It has been my pleasure and true calling to serve this ministry and the millions of patients who come through our doors each year, and I am honored to have been part of such a dynamic and innovative healthcare system.”

Smith spent 22 years at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima before moving to a system-wide role in 2012.

Bon Secours Mercy Health CEO John Starcher described Smith as a “committed, servant leader.”

“Many of our most successful initiatives are a testament to Brian’s continued operational focus and intellectual curiosity,” Starcher said in a statement. “When I think about the millions of patients we serve, the advances we’ve made in technology, and the focus Brian has placed on better care processes that improve the patient experience, I know it’s Brian’s strong leadership is that has enabled our teams to work at the top of their license.”

Bon Secours operates 48 hospitals and is one of the five largest Catholic health care systems in America.

ECU Health hires first Chief Nursing Executive

Trish Baise was hired as ECU Health’s first senior nurse in North Carolina.

Baise will join ECU Health on January 1, 2023. In her new role, she will drive care, education and research across the system. She joins ECU Health after serving as Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Atrium Health-Cabarrus.

ECU Health chief operating officer Brian Floyd said nursing is at the heart of the organization.

“The creation of the CNE position and the appointment of Dr. Baise to lead this role enables our organization to innovate and work together to continue to build a culture of care that helps attract and retain talented nurses who make a difference in our area. ‘ Floyd said in a statement.

Baise brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to this role.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to pioneer the position of Chief Nursing Executive at ECU Health,” Baise said in a statement. “ECU Health is a recognized leader in rural healthcare and the organization’s mission aligns with my professional values ​​of providing quality care to rural communities.

“I’m constantly inspired by the difference nurses make in the lives of the people they serve and I look forward to working with the amazing nurses who live the ECU health mission every day,” she said.

HCA Gulf Coast appoints new Vice President

Holly Elliott has been appointed Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services for HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division.

Elliott will assume the new role beginning January 1. She is currently the Corporate Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services for HCA Healthcare.

Amy Casseri, Senior Vice President of Doctor Relations, Women’s and Children’s Services and Imaging at HCA Healthcare, commended Elliott’s accomplishments.

“Holly has been instrumental in leading the company’s strategic agenda for women and children,” Casseri said in a statement. “Among many of her accomplishments, Holly initiated HCA Healthcare’s first company-wide OB/GYN Physician Townhall, which focused on initiatives to improve maternal and newborn outcomes. In addition, she coordinated the completion of our 2022 NICU Cohort workshops and the consolidation of our 3-year strategic plan for the NICU Cohort.”

Elliott will focus on developing growth initiatives for women and children and coordinating best practices across HCA’s Gulf Coast Division hospitals and women’s centers.

“Holly’s previous experience in the department driving high priority initiatives and recruiting highly skilled clinicians is invaluable,” said Mike Lance, chief development officer at HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division, in a statement. “Holly will once again be a tremendous addition to our development team.”

Head of Pa. Hospital Trade Group plans to retire

Andy Carter, president and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, plans to step down next year.

Carter announced last week that he plans to retire by June 30, 2023. He has led the organization since 2012.

“Together with a truly remarkable team of dedicated professionals, we have strengthened Pennsylvania health care by making it more accessible, affordable and of high quality,” Carter said in a press release.

“From successfully advocating Medicaid expansion early in my tenure to relentlessly improving quality and safety, HAP and its members have been staunch advocates of realizing the vision of a healthy Pennsylvania.”

Carter was formerly President of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and also chaired the Visiting Nurse Associations of America.

The Board of Directors of the Hospitals Association conducts a nationwide search to find Carter’s replacement. Carter plans to remain on board until his successor is named and plans to help with the transition, the association said.

Orlando Health Appoints Chief Hospital President

Maggie Bonko has been named the new President of Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital.

Bonko will begin her new role on December 1st. She has served as Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital for the past five years.

She joined Orlando Health in 2005 as a recruiter and was promoted to the role of recruiting manager a year later. In 2010, she became Director of Human Resources for Orlando Health Dr. Phillips and Orlando Health-Health Central Hospital. She later served as the Allied Health and Operational Support Administrator for both Orlando Health South Seminole and the Dr. P Phillips Hospital of Orlando Health.

“Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital is located in the heart of a rapidly growing community. Maggie has the right experience and drive to accommodate this growth within the hospital by providing additional services and programs that benefit our patients,” said Philip Koovakada, Orlando Health South Central region senior vice president and president of Orlando Health-Health Central Hospital made a statement.

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