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Carolinas, Catholic Health East Announce Leadership Changes

May 5, 2010
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Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS, Charlotte, N.C.) has announced several executive team changes that will become effective on May 10, including the appointment of Brent Lambert, M.D., as vice president and CMIO. Previously, Lambert was vice president of medical informatics at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va.

Other appointments are as follows:

  • Phyllis Wingate-Jones — division president of Carolinas Medical Center (CMC)-NorthEast in Concord
  • Spencer Lilly — president of CMC-Mercy
  • Martha Whitecotton — president of Levine Children’s Hospital
  • Laura Thomas — president of CMC-Randolph, the CHS Behavioral Health center in Charlotte
  • Curtis Copenhaver — interim president of CMC-University

Carolinas HealthCare System includes 32 affiliated hospitals in North and South Carolina, and serves patients at more than 500 care locations, including physician practices, nursing homes, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies and other facilities. Its flagship facility is Carolinas Medical Center, an 874-bed hospital in Charlotte that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a research institute and numerous specialty units.

Catholic Health East (CHE), a multi-institutional network spanning 11 states, has also announced several appointments and promotions to its leadership team. Judith Persichilli has been named president and CEO of the health system, succeeding Robert V. Stanek, who is retiring after seven years in the position and 18 years of service to Catholic Health East.

Nora Triola, Ph.D., R.N., has been named the executive vice president and chief nursing officer. Triola currently serves as senior vice president and CNO for Holy Cross Hospital (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Mercy Hospital (Miami), both members of the Catholic Health East system. In her new role, Triola will be responsible for leading CHE’s nursing practice in anticipating and adapting to changes in the healthcare environment.

Other appointments include the following:

  • Peter DeAngelis — executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • John Johnson — executive vice president of ministry operations
  • Jenny Barnett — executive vice president of finance
  • Clayton Fitzhugh — executive vice president of shared services
  • Sharon Duffy, R.N. — vice president of nursing practice
  • Debbie Coakley — vice president of workforce management

John Capasso, president of CHE’s Continuing Care Management Services Network, will assume additional responsibilities for several regional health corporations, including Maxis Health System (Carbondale, Pa.), St. James Mercy Health System (Hornell, N.Y.), and the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.

Based in Newtown Square, Pa., Catholic Health East includes 34 acute care hospitals, four long-term acute care hospitals, 25 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 14 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 37 home health/hospice agencies, and numerous ambulatory and community-based health agencies.

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