Adventist Health System announced Dec. 8 it has named Terry Shaw as its new president and CEO. Shaw has worked with the system for more than 30 years and most recently served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operations officer. He will assume leadership responsibilities of the 47-hospital system immediately and succeeds Don Jernigan, who has held the position for over 10 years. Jernigan will transition to a faculty role at the Adventist Health System Leadership Institute, Florida Hospital reports. Adventist Health System has been a highly-valued client of FaithSearch for nearly ten years.
The Orlando Sentinel Reports Florida Hospital donated more than $1.2 million to community projects in Central Florida that help the underserved, including Osceola County Health Department’s new mobile dental unit, which received $300,000. Other programs benefitting from the donation include: Aspire Health Partners’ navigation program, which transfers patients from emergency departments to Aspire for substance abuse or mental health services; Care Coordination of Florida Hospital, which pairs advocates with patients who have complex medical needs; Senior Care Companions of Osceola Council on Aging; Asthma Project Connect and Healthy Eatonville Place.
Adventist Health has named Karl Nebel its new chief strategy and information officer. In this role, Nebel will lead information services including technology, business intelligence and value creation as well as strategic planning and communication for the system. He most recently served as managing director at Orlando’s Midtown Consulting and has more than 25 years of experience across a variety of industries, specializing in strategic planning process optimization, revenue growth, technology management, organizational change and customer experience. He’s also held a CIO position at Florida Hospital Healthcare System and earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida, Adventist Health reports.
Ohio’s Kettering Health Network just completed its new cancer center, slated for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 7, 2016. Located across the street from the medical center, the cancer center will offer complete coordinated care to patients with specialized treatments to fight cancer and will house the area’s largest and most private infusion center for cancer patients, according to Kettering’s website. More than 30 cancer physician specialists will work together at the facility. Scheduled to officially open Dec. 13, it is also the only cancer center in the Dayton, Ohio area attached to a flagship hospital with access to an ICU and full surgical unit.
Ascension Healthcare President and CEO Robert J. Henkel and American Hospital Association President and CEO Rick Pollack came together in a Modern Healthcare commentary to discuss recommendations from the Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities task force, chaired by Henkel. According to Ascension, the 29-member group spent more than a year researching and engaging communities around the U.S. to determine ways hospitals could partner with community leaders to meet healthcare challenges in vulnerable rural and urban areas. The resulting report includes nine strategies for preserving essential health services like primary care, psychiatric and substance abuse treatment and emergency services, in these communities.
Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health Explore Aligning Ministries to Strengthen Catholic Health Care
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health have singed a non-binding letter of intent to explore aligning their organizations and expanding their mission of service in communities around the U.S., according to a news release. This letter comes after last month’s announcement of the systems’ new partnership, Precision Medicine Alliance LLC, now the largest community-based precision medicine program in the country. The potential alignment is under consideration to bolster the leadership role of the systems in transforming healthcare in the U.S. through increased access and high-quality clinical service.