Health IT Appointments and Hires

handshake-200The following are announcements made from companies and organizations on the hiring and appointments in the healthcare and health IT industry.

Nat’e Guyton Named Chief Nursing Officer for Spok, Inc.
Spok Holdings, Inc. (@spoktweets), the global leader in critical communications, announced the appointment of industry veteran Nat’e Guyton as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), effective July 6, 2016. In her new role, Guyton will be responsible for effectively representing nursing communications needs in a clinical setting to drive enhancement of Spok’s critical communications software solutions. She will also work with nurses at healthcare facilities globally in order to share best practices and implement programs for improved patient care and satisfaction.

Shannon Calhoun Appointed to Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Calhoun, Regional Vice President of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (@ruralACO), to the Texas Health Services Authority (@HIETexas) Board of Directors.

The Sequoia Project elects MRO’s David Borden to Board of Directors
MRO (@MROCorp), a leader in the secure, compliant and efficient exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI), announced the election of MRO’s chief technology officer, David Borden, to The Sequoia Project’s (@sequoiaproject) board of directors. Borden will participate in strategic planning and governance for the only mission-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated solely to the nationwide implementation of real-world interoperability solutions to improve patient experience and health outcomes.

Grafton Board of Directors Announces New CEO
Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) (@GraftonNetworkannounced that its board of directors has chosen James (Jamie) Stewart as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Jamie, who currently serves as Chief Administrator Officer, will succeed Jim Gaynor on June 30, 2016.

HIMSS EHR Association elects Practice Fusion’s Chief Medical Officer as Vice Chair
Practice Fusion (@PracticeFusionannounced the election of their Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Informatics, Richard Loomis, MD, as the next Vice Chair of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA). Dr. Loomis will serve a one year term beginning in July.

i2i Population Health Announces Kili Chivers as Chief Growth Officer
i2i Population Health (@i2iSystemsannounced the arrival of another key member of our senior leadership team. Going forward, Kili Chivers is the first i2i Chief Growth Officer. Her tremendous background in the health plan (payer) segment as well as past success in building strong client-relationship and business-development teams will benefit our expansive client base and new clients launching in 2016.

Electronic Health Record Association Annual Elections Bring In New Leaders and Retain Experienced Leadership
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association (@EHRAssociation), a trade association of companies that provide the vast majority of EHRs to hospitals and physicians across the US, announced new leadership for the coming year after their annual elections in May. Two new Executive Committee members, Hans J. Buitendijk, M.Sc., FHL7, Senior Strategist, Standards and Regulations at Cerner, and Mike Marchlik, Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at McKesson Technology Solutions, were elected to two-year terms. Both of the new Executive Committee members have extensive experience with Association workgroups, as well as in a variety of health IT industry initiatives including HL7 and IHE.

Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, Joins OpenNotes as Executive Director
Prominent health policy and public health researcher, Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, is joining the growing OpenNotes (@myopennotes) team and the Harvard Medical School faculty. As Executive Director, DesRoches will lead the OpenNotes movement toward national adoption of the practice of providing patients with ready and secure access to a fully transparent medical record, including the clinician’s medical notes.

Lumos Pharma Appoints Carol A. Dutch As Senior Director, Patient Engagement
Lumos Pharma, Inc. has further expanded its management team with the appointment of Carol A. Dutch as Senior Director, Patient Engagement. Ms. Dutch will create and lead global patient engagement projects to support the clinical development and pre-commercial phases of Lumos’ rare and orphan disease pipeline projects.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Names Rajesh K. Garg, M.D., J.D. as President and CEO
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA) (@CancerCenterannounced that Dr. Raj Garg, a highly regarded health care industry leader with more than 25 years of experience across the health care spectrum, has taken office as its President and CEO. He also is a member of the company’s national Board of Directors.

Plexus Technology Group Welcomes Joseph Gentile as Senior Vice President of Sales
Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), has appointed Joseph P. Gentile as Senior Vice President of Sales. In overseeing Plexus TG’s sales infrastructure, Mr. Gentile will direct all aspects of the company’s strategic business development and global sales. In addition, he is responsible for building, maintaining, and enhancing relationships with new and existing partners.