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Beth O’Brien has been named COO at PeaceHealth, Van­cou­ver, Wash., ef­fec­tive Sept. 8.

In the newly cre­ated po­si­tion, O’Brien, 65, will man­age all op­er­a­tions at the Catholic sys­tem.

O’Brien is cur­rently a group ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer within En­gle­wood, Colo.based Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, over­see­ing CHI hos­pi­tals in Arkansas, Kansas, Mary­land, Mis­souri and Penn­syl­va­nia. Be­fore join­ing CHI, O’Brien served as a man­ag­ing direc­tor with Nav­i­gant Con­sult­ing. Ilde­maro Gon­za­lez has been named VP and chief di­ver­sity of­fi­cer at Park­land Health & Hos­pi­tal Sys­tem, Dal­las.

As di­ver­sity of­fi­cer, a new po­si­tion at the safety net provider, Gon­za­lez, 43, is tasked with pro­mot­ing di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion among Park­land’s work­force. He also will work to fos­ter re­la­tion­ships among ven­dors and civic or­ga­ni­za­tions that en­hance di­ver­sity.

Pre­vi­ously, Gon­za­lez was the global direc­tor of in­clu­sion and phi­lan­thropy at Newell Rub­ber­maid, a pub­licly traded com­pany known for con­sumer house­hold prod­ucts. David Verinder has been named pres­i­dent and CEO of Sara­sota (Fla.) Memo­rial Health Care Sys­tem. He had been in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive since May. Verinder, 47, took over for Gwen MacKen­zie,

who stepped down af­ter nearly a decade in the top job at Sara­sota Memo­rial to take an ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion within the Michi­gan mar­ket of As­cen­sion Health.

He joined Sara­sota Memo­rial in 2006 as CFO. He later was pro­moted to COO. Dr. Mark Del Bec­caro has been named se­nior VP and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Seat­tle Chil­dren’s ef­fec­tive Oct. 1.

Del Bec­caro, 57, a pe­di­a­tri­cian, has been VP of med­i­cal af­fairs at the hos­pi­tal since 2012. He will re­place Dr. David Fisher, who is re­tir­ing. He first worked at Seat­tle Chil­dren’s in 1979 as a nurs­ing aide at what was then Chil­dren’s Or­tho­pe­dic Hos­pi­tal, be­fore begin­ning med­i­cal school at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton in 1981. He joined the fac­ulty of Seat­tle Chil­dren’s emer­gency de­part­ment in 1989 and was ap­pointed pe­di­a­tri­cian-in-chief in 2007. He’s also a pro­fes­sor at UW’s med­i­cal school.



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