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Peter Lei­bold has been named As­cen­sion Health’s new chief ad­vo­cacy of­fi­cer, a po­si­tion that will make him the top lob­by­ist for the na­tion’s largest not­for-profit health sys­tem. He will start Nov. 1.

Pre­vi­ously, Lei­bold, 51, was the CEO of the Amer­i­can Health Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion, the largest health­fo­cused at­tor­ney as­so­ci­a­tion in the U.S., for the past 15 years. Prior to the AHLA, he was the top lawyer for the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion and also was chief of staff for U.S. Sen. John Dan­forth (R-Mo.). Mary Ella Payne, As­cen­sion’s se­nior VP of pol­icy and sys­tem leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship, had been hold­ing the ad­vo­cacy role on an in­terim ba­sis. Dr. Bruce Ly­tle is step­ping down as chair­man of the Cleve­land Clinic’s world renowned Heart & Vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute—a role he’s held for the past seven years. He plans to stay on un­til his suc­ces­sor is cho­sen.

Ly­tle, 68, who has been with the clinic for 38 years, is cred­ited with launch­ing the Heart & Vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute. He also ex­tended the in­sti­tute’s reach na­tion­ally by launch­ing the health sys­tem’s first clin­i­cal con­sult­ing team. To date, the in­sti­tute has forged 10 af­fil­i­a­tions around the coun­try. Joe Kessler has been named CFO at Com­mu­nity Health Net­work, based in In­di­anapo­lis.

Kessler, 54, has more than 30 years of health­care fi­nance ex­pe­ri­ence. Most re­cently, he was CFO of Kaleida Health, Buffalo, N.Y. He also held lead­er­ship roles at TriHealth in Cincin­nati and at ac­count­ing firm Ernst & Young. Kessler re­places Tom Fis­cher, who left eight-hos­pi­tal CHN in De­cem­ber. Dan Draw­baugh, CIO at Pitts­burgh­based health gi­ant UPMC, has stepped down from his po­si­tion.

Draw­baugh, 55, has been with UPMC since 1983, start­ing as the direc­tor of bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing for UPMC Shady­side, one of the sys­tem’s pri­mary hos­pi­tals. He was later named CIO of the hos­pi­tal and then be­came sys­tem CIO in 1996. Ed McCallister, UPMC’s se­nior VP of en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions, will serve as in­terim CIO. Bar­bara Mintz has taken on a new role at Barn­abas Health, West Or­ange, N.J., be­com­ing the sys­tem’s first VP of healthy liv­ing and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Mintz, a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian and a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer, has worked as a well­ness ex­ec­u­tive at Barn­abas’ Ne­wark (N.J.) Beth Is­rael Med­i­cal Cen­ter since 2011. In her new role, she will fo­cus on cre­at­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for com­mu­nity mem­bers to im­prove health and well­ness—such as pro­grams that en­cour­age ex­er­cise, nutri­tion and smok­ing ces­sa­tion.

The Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment has named Chris­tine Croteau per­ma­nent direc­tor of Edith Nourse Rogers VA Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Bed­ford, Mass.

Croteau had been serv­ing as act­ing direc­tor of Bed­ford’s VA hos­pi­tal af­ter for­mer direc­tor Tammy Krueger left to lead Manch­ester (N.H.) VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Croteau also has other VA ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing stints with the VA Bos­ton Health­care Sys­tem.




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