6 systems creating new C-suite roles

By Mackenzie Bean for Becker’s Hospital Review

Health systems’ leadership benches have expanded in the last year, as new executive titles make their way to C-suites in response to changing industry dynamics and emerging challenges.

Nearly two months into 2024, this trend shows no signs of abating. At least six health systems have appointed leaders to inaugural C-suite positions so far this year. They are listed below, starting with the most recent. 

1. Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore hired Marc Overcash as its inaugural deputy CIO, the health system said Feb. 15. He most recently held the same role at Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare. 

2. Boston Medical Center Health System appointed its first chief officers for strategy, transformation and digital information, the organization said Feb. 14. Cindy Bo was named senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Jesse Souweine was appointed senior vice president and chief transformation officer and Joy Brown was tapped as senior vice president and chief digital information officer.

3. Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare hired Rosemary Sheehan to serve as its inaugural chief people officer, the health system said Feb. 5. Ms. Sheehan most recently served as chief human resources officer for Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham.

4. Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare named Madhu Behera, PhD, as its inaugural chief research informatics officer, effective Feb. 1. In her new role, Dr. Behera will focus on accelerating the use of data, artificial intelligence and informatics within the system’s clinical research teams.

5. Cambridge, Mass.-based Beth Israel Lahey Health appointed Puneet Freibott, DNP, RN, as the system’s first chief nursing officer. Dr. Freibott joins the system from University Medical Center New Orleans, where she most recently served as COO, according to a Jan. 29 news release.  

6. Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name named Suzanne Tammaro as its first chief marketing officer, according to a Jan. 9 news release. Ms. Tammaro previously served as vice president of marketing and communications for Maimonides Health in New York City.

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