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Community Hospital Leadership Changes to Meet New Model of Care

July 18, 2013

Cleveland Clinic is restructuring the leadership in several of its community hospitals, its Regional Executive Leadership team and its Regional Operations to better meet the needs of a growing organization and to manage the new model of care resulting from healthcare reform.

These changes will occur in four community hospitals and take effect on Sept. 1, 2013. In addition, Regional Operations, which includes 27 ambulatory locations and 12 family health centers outside of Lorain County, will now be part of the Regional Executive Administration under the leadership of David L. Bronson, MD, President, Cleveland Clinic Community Hospitals and Family Health Centers.

The changes are part of a natural transition in leadership and will position Cleveland Clinic to better meet the needs of a growing organization and to manage the new model of care resulting from healthcare reform.

“We’ve had the privilege to have an exceptional team running our hospitals and these changes are a tribute to their skill, dedication and hard work,” said Dr. Bronson. “These changes will position Cleveland Clinic for the next generation of leadership to prepare for what is coming in the new world of healthcare reform and allow us to respond even more quickly with an enhanced level of integration.”

New leadership roles, include:

Catherine Keating, MD, Chief of Regional Hospital Medical Affairs and Quality on the community hospital Regional Executive Team, will become the Associate Chief of Staff responsible for implementing the Clinical Integration Model across Cleveland Clinic. She will also become the new Associate Chief of Staff for Quality Alliance/Community Physician Partnership. Keating will continue in her role on the Regional Executive Team until Nov. 1. The Quality Alliance is a physician-led, clinically integrated network which aligns independent and employed Cleveland Clinic physicians, and provides a framework of collaboration to improve healthcare quality and value.

Brian Donley, MD, President of Lutheran Hospital, will move into the role of Chief of Regional Hospitals Medical Affairs and Quality and Vice President of Regional Hospitals. He will assume this role after returning from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School on Nov. 1. Donley has been President of Lutheran Hospital since January 2012 and has been with Cleveland Clinic 18 years. In addition to this new role, he will continue to practice as an orthopedic surgeon.

Donald Malone, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, will assume the presidency of Lutheran Hospital and continue in these roles. Malone has been with Cleveland Clinic for 24 years and serves in multiple roles, including director of Strategic Space Planning. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Governors and through this role he participates on the Board of Directors.

Brian Harte, MD, President of South Pointe Hospital, will be leaving South Pointe Hospital and returning to Hillcrest Hospital as its new president. Harte has been with Cleveland Clinic for nine years. Prior to serving as president of South Pointe Hospital, Harte was Chief Operating Officer at Hillcrest Hospital. For the past five years, he has served as Medical Director for the Department of Business Intelligence within Medical Operations. Since 2006, he’s been on the medical staff at Hillcrest Hospital and he will continue to see patients at Hillcrest Hospital.

Robert Juhasz, DO, Medical Director for Cleveland Clinic’s Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, will become the new president of South Pointe Hospital. Juhasz has been with Cleveland Clinic for 15 years. He currently also serves as the associate dean for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northeast Ohio Extension Campus, overseeing the search for a new dean and the architectural design of the new medical school which will be located on the South Pointe Hospital campus. A new medical director for Willoughby Hills will be named in the near future.

Jan Murphy, President of Fairview Hospital, will be leaving Fairview Hospital to become the new Chief Operating Officer of Sheikh Kalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Murphy has served in several roles throughout Cleveland Clinic in the past 35 years, including Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as president at Fairview. From 2009 to 2012, she served as president for both Lakewood Hospital and Fairview Hospital.

Neil Smith, DO, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Fairview Hospital, will become the new president of Fairview Hospital. He will also maintain his private practice in Internal Medicine. From 2002 to 2010, he served as Chief of Staff at Fairview Hospital and prior to that he served as assistant chief of staff for three years. He has been a member of the medical staff for Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran hospitals for the past 22 years.

Jeff Leimgruber, FACHE, President of Hillcrest Hospital since December 2006, will be leaving after 16 years of service with Cleveland Clinic. He started out in 1997 at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus as the administrator for the Division of Operations, before serving for two years as Interim CEO of Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Ventures. Following that, he served as president of Fairview Hospital for eight years.

Cindy Deyling, MD will continue to oversee the Family Health Center operations and work with Dr. David Bronson and the Regional Executive Team to ensure enhanced integration of the family health centers and community hospitals. As part of this change, Deyling will take on additional responsibility with program integration. She has been with Cleveland Clinic for 20 years and most recently served as chair of Regional Operations since 2007. Since 2009, she has served as vice chair to the Office of the Chief of Staff. Prior to that she was vice chair of Regional Medical Practice and was the Medical Director of the Independence Family Health Center and former member of the Board of Governors.

J. Stephen Jones, MD, Chief of Surgical Operations at Fairview Hospital, will become the Chief of Regional Hospital Surgical Operations. He will also maintain his current role. Jones has been with Cleveland Clinic for 13 years. He is currently a member on the Board of Governors. Prior to that, he served as department chair of Regional Urology for five years.

Hospital presidents who will remain in their current roles include: Joanne Zeroske, President, Marymount Hospital; Tom Tulisiak, MD, President, Medina Hospital; Mark Froimson, MD, President, Euclid Hospital; and Robert Weil, MD, President, Lakewood Hospital.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States.U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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