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Johnese Spisso has been named pres­i­dent of UCLA Health, CEO of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Los An­ge­les Health Sys­tem and as­so­ci­ate vice chan­cel­lor of UCLA Health Sciences.

Spisso be­gins her role Feb. 8 and will be re­spon­si­ble for all op­er­a­tions of UCLA’s hos­pi­tals and clin­ics, as well as the health sys­tem’s re­gional out­reach strat­egy. She is now VP of med­i­cal af­fairs for the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton and chief health sys­tem of­fi­cer for UW Medicine.

Kenneth McFar­land is leav­ing his po­si­tion as CEO at Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal, Mis­sion Viejo, Calif., ef­fec­tive Feb. 5. Dr. Richard Afa­ble has been named in­terim CEO.

McFar­land has served as CEO since 2011 and has been with Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal for 18 years. He joined the hos­pi­tal in 1998, serv­ing as se­nior VP and CFO. He also has served as a trustee for the Camino Health Cen­ter, a fed­er­ally qual­i­fied health cen­ter in San Juan Capis­trano, Calif. McFar­land has also held lead­er­ship po­si­tions with the Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Ron­ald Reed will re­tire from his role as CEO of Mercy Iowa City (Iowa), ef­fec­tive March 31. He will be Mike Hein­rich, suc­ceeded by 53, who will serve as in­terim CEO. Hein­rich is cur­rently ex­ec­u­tive VP and CFO.

Reed, 62, has served as CEO since Au­gust 1995, and over­saw the ex­pan­sion of Mercy’s ser­vices, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional pri­mary- and spe­cialty-care clin­ics, a wound and vein cen­ter, bariatric surgery and a hos­pice pro­gram.

Dr. Michael Daven­port has been named chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Mercy Hos­pi­tal & Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Chicago.

Daven­port, 61, will help over­see the med­i­cal cen­ter’s clin­i­cal strate­gic vi­sion and will be re­spon­si­ble for var­i­ous de­part­ments, in­clud­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, qual­ity and pa­tient safety, and risk man­age­ment.

Daven­port most re­cently served as VP of med­i­cal af­fairs and CMO at the Methodist Hos­pi­tals, based in Gary and Merrillville, Ind.

At­lanta-based Well­Star Health Sys­tem has an­nounced three lead­er­ship changes. Kem Mullins,

43, was named ex­ec­u­tive VP of the am­bu­la­tory di­vi­sion and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment af­ter serv­ing as in­terim COO for seven months. Mullins came to Well­Star in 2012 as a se­nior VP and pres­i­dent of Well­Star Cobb and Windy Hill hos­pi­tals. Car­rie Owen Pli­etz,

40, was named ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO of the hos­pi­tal di­vi­sion. She pre­vi­ously served as CEO of Sut­ter Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Sacra­mento, Calif.

Dr. John Bren­nan, 56, was named ex­ec­u­tive VP and chief clin­i­cal in­te­gra­tion of­fi­cer. Pre­vi­ously, he served as ex­ec­u­tive VP and pres­i­dent and CEO of Ne­wark (N.J.) Beth Is­rael Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of New Jer­sey, also in Ne­wark.

Den­ver-based Pal­ad­ina Health Chris Miller has named CEO. Pal­ad­ina is a di­rect pri­mary-care provider and sub­sidiary of DaVita Health­Care Part­ners.

Miller, 44, pre­vi­ously founded and served as CEO and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lake­wood, Colo.-based Trum­pet Be­hav­ioral Health, a com­pany serv­ing chil­dren with autism and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

Have news to share about ex­ec­u­tive com­ings, go­ings or pro­mo­tions? E-mail As­sis­tant Man­ag­ing Edi­tor David May at dmay@mod­ern­health­care.com.




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