ON THE MOVE ...
Dr. John Armstrong was appointed Florida’s surgeon general and secretary of the state’s health department. He starts May 23. Armstrong is an associate professor of surgery at Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa and chief medical officer for the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Armstrong, 48, will continue to “develop expertise in military medicine and simulation of battlefield surgery” at the USF simulation center, according to a university news release, which added that an international search will begin for the center’s next CMO. Armstrong replaces Dr. Frank Farmer.
The UC San Diego Health System named CEO Paul Viviano and associate vice chancellor for health sciences. Viviano, 59, will start his new post June 1 and replaces Thomas Jackiewicz, who in January became senior VP and CEO at USC Health in Los Angeles. Viviano serves as chairman of the board and CEO of diagnostic imaging company Alliance Healthcare Services in Newport Beach, Calif. Modern Healthcare named Viviano as one its Up & Comers in 1991. … Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center promoted Dr. Susan Melvin Dr. Gainer to CMO. Melvin, 54, replaces Pillsbury, who served in that role for 16 years. Pillsbury has been named associate CMO, which was Melvin’s previous position. Earlier, Melvin was president and CEO of Memorial Family Medicine and director of the family residency program at Long Beach Memorial, which is part of Fountain Valley, Calif.based Memorialcare Health System. … Iowa Health System, Des Moines, named president and CEO of the Michael Murphy system’s accountable care organization, effective later this month. His new role will have him leading the transition from fee-for-service reimbursement to financial systems that reward high-quality clinical care and cost-effectiveness. Previously, Murphy was executive VP for health networks at Novi, Mich.based Trinity Health. His age was not provided.