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Pied­mont Health­care, At­lanta, has pro­moted Michele Molden to fill the newly cre­ated po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive VP and chief trans­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer. Molden, 55, had been pres­i­dent and CEO of Pied­mont Heart In­sti­tute since 2007. In her new role, she will fo­cus on cor­po­rate devel­op­ment, physi­cian and hos­pi­tal part­ner­ships and ex­ter­nal re­la­tion­ships, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. In 2009, Molden was named one of Mod­ern Health­care’s Top 25 Women in Health­care. Sid­ney

Kirschner will re­place Molden as the leader of the heart in­sti­tute. Kirschner, 76, was CEO of North­side Hos­pi­tal in At­lanta from 1992 to 2004. … Sharon

O’Keefe was named pres­i­dent of Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ef­fec­tive Feb. 23. O’Keefe, 58, cur­rently serves as the pres­i­dent of Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, May­wood, Ill., a role she as­sumed in 2009. In 2005, she served as an ap­pointed ex­am­iner for the U.S. Com­merce Depart­ment’s Mal­colm Baldrige Na­tional Qual­ity Awards. She also sits on the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health Ad­vi­sory Board for Clin­i­cal Re­search. O’Keefe suc­ceeds Ken­neth

Sha­ri­gian, who has served as in­terim pres­i­dent since 2009. O’Keefe’s other past lead­er­ship po­si­tions in­clude COO of Bar­nesJewish Hos­pi­tal, St. Louis, and ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Bos­ton. … ProHealth Care, Wauke­sha, Wis., is pro­mot­ing the CEOs of both of its hos­pi­tals to ex­ec­u­tive jobs at the sys­tem level and adding a new in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer po­si­tion.

Ed Olson, 62, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Wauke­sha Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, will be­come chief ex­ter­nal af­fairs of­fi­cer for ProHealth Care, over­see­ing re­la­tion­ships with busi­ness part­ners, leg­is­la­tors and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. He will also help lead com­mu­nity ben­e­fit pro­grams and hos­pi­tal foun­da­tions. John Robert­stad, 62, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Oconomowoc (Wis.) Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, will be­come pres­i­dent of the sys­tem’s hos­pi­tal di­vi­sion, re­spon­si­ble for “op­ti­mal pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vid­ing cost­ef­fec­tive ser­vices” by align­ing man­age­ment, physi­cians and clin­i­cians, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Kathy Scott, 55, is join­ing ProHealth Care in the po­si­tion of chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer, work­ing to stan­dard­ize care de­liv­ery, in­te­grat­ing technology and op­ti­miz­ing work­flow. Scott pre­vi­ously worked at Ban­ner Health, Phoenix, as sys­tem VP of clin­i­cal de­liv­ery. The changes fol­low the re­cent ap­point­ment of for­mer Ban­ner ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Ed­wards as pres­i­dent and CEO of ProHealth Care, re­plac­ing long­time top ex­ec­u­tive Rex­ford Ti­tus III in that role. … Calvin “Cal” Knight was named pres­i­dent and CEO of John Muir Health, Wal­nut Creek, Calif., ef­fec­tive April 4. Knight cur­rently is pres­i­dent and COO of Seat­tle’s Swedish Health Ser­vices, the par­ent of Swedish Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Knight, whose age was not avail­able, joined Swedish in 1996 as COO and be­came pres­i­dent in 2008, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from John Muir. At John Muir, Knight will suc­ceed

Ken An­der­son, who plans to re­tire March 31 af­ter 36 years with the sys­tem. … Troy Thi­bodeaux has been named COO of Covenant Health Sys­tem, a sys­tem based in Lub­bock, Texas. Thi­bodeaux, 43, most re­cently served as the VP of op­er­a­tions for Good Shep­herd Health Sys­tem, Longview, Texas. He also spent five years as the VP of op­er­a­tions for East Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tyler.



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