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Welcome to this week’s Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


Cigna

Dave Queller
(Cigna)

Dave Queller was named president of Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit management company acquired by health insurance giant Cigna in 2018. Queller will oversee PBM services alongside oversight of supply chain and drug procurement, officials said.

Queller has overseen the company’s sales and account management organization since 2014.

Case Study

Across-the-Board Impact of an OB-GYN Hospitalist Program

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See how

Brian Seiz
(Cigna)

Cigna also named Brian Seiz president of pharmacy, where he will oversee pharmacy operations including Express Scripts’ home delivery options and its Accredo specialty pharmacy business. Seiz has worked at Express Scripts for 15 years and became president of Accredo in 2017. 

Both will work within the insurer’s health services segment, according to the announcement. 

“Dave and Brian have both played an integral role in positioning health services as the partner of choice for health plans,” Tim Wentworth, president of health services and former president and CEO of Express Scripts, said in a statement. “In their new roles, they will work together with our talented Health Services leadership team as we deliver more affordability, predictability and simplicity to those we serve,” he said. 


Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers

Madhurima Uppalapati
(NGOC)

Madhurima Uppalapati, M.D., was named president and medical director of Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers in Atlanta.

As president, Uppalapati will oversee the strategic direction for the centers and internal operations of the facilities.

Uppalapati is a board-certified oncologist with 15 years of experience in oncology and hematology. Previously, she served as medical director for the organization during 2019 and was instrumental in the development and implementation of a professional services agreement with WellStar Healthcare System, officials said. 

Uppalapati completed her fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital and has also received an Executive MBA from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.


Dan Peterson
(Sutter Health)

Sutter Health

Dan Peterson was named CEO of Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. 

Peterson has been chief administrative officer for Sutter Lakeside Hospital since 2017. In his new role, Peterson will manage administrative and healthcare activities for the hospital and provide overall leadership for physicians and staff, officials said. He will also lead facility growth efforts, including a $173 million hospital expansion and renovation.

Peterson was formerly director for ambulatory services at UCLA Health System in Los Angeles as well as CEO and administrator at the Surgery Center of Santa Rosa for five years.

Welcome to this week’s Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Gary D. St. Hilaire
(Capital BlueCross)

Gary D. St. Hilaire was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He was also named a member of the company’s Board of Directors starting April 6.

Case Study

Across-the-Board Impact of an OB-GYN Hospitalist Program

A Denver facility saw across-the-board improvements in patient satisfaction, maternal quality metrics, decreased subsidy and increased service volume, thanks to the rollout of the first OB-GYN hospitalist program in the state.

See how

Kevin P. Conlin, the company’s current Chairman, President, and CEO, will become Executive Chairman of the Board.

St. Hilaire has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Blue Cross—which serves 21 counties in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley—since 2012. He first joined the company in 2005 as chief financial officer. Under his leadership, the company grew its membership, acquired and launched new subsidiaries and achieved the JD Power Award for “Best in Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans” in Pennsylvania.

He previously co-founded and served as chief financial officer of health care technology company Choicelinx Corp, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and was vice president and corporate controller of a publicly-traded managed care organization. He began his career in 1986 with Deloitte & Touche.

St. Hilaire will be charged with the role of refining the Horizon’s strategy, aligning its implementation across the company and will direct all aspects of the company’s operations, officials said. 


Lawrence General Hospital

Deborah Wilson
(Lawrence General)

Deborah J. Wilson was named president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts. 

Wilson has been at Lawrence General for nearly nine years in the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer before she was promoted to the executive vice president three years ago.

Since October, Wilson has served as interim CEO.


Cerner

Don Trigg
(Cerner)

Don Trigg was named president at EHR giant Cerner.

Trigg, who joined Cerner in 2002, previously served as executive vice president of strategic growth.

In his new role, Trigg will lead the health IT company’s work with Amazon Web Services to modernize its platform and to develop a cloud-based cognitive platform for healthcare.

Trigg will also be responsible for clinical electronic health record (EHR), revenue cycle management and strategic growth businesses, which include real-time health systems, health networks, data-as-a-service, long-term and post-acute care, consumer and employer.

Cerner also announced it expanded John Peterzalek’s role to executive vice president and chief client and services officer, and he will oversee Cerner’s services, consulting, support and hosting businesses. 


J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital (Dosher)

Tom Siemers, the CEO of the J.Arthur Memorial Hospital in Southport, North Carolina, will step down from his role at the end of February.

Siemers joined the hospital in 2012. Under Siemers leadership, the hospital received a five-star patient experience rating from the federal government, constructed a new $11 million inpatient unit, upgraded equipment and added new technology, built Dosher Wellness Center, started Dosher Primary Care Network, and recruited multiple physicians, officials said.

They did not give a reason for his departure. Interim leadership has not yet been announced.


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