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Published on December 16, 2014

Cone Health Reorganizes Leadership to Emphasize Population Health

Hospitals face major challenges as they move into a future where they are paid for keeping people well instead of treating them only when they are sick. To better lead that change, Cone Health announces a major reorganization of senior leadership.

“Cone Health is committed to leading the changes sweeping health care,” says Cone Health Chief Executive Officer Terry Akin. “This new structure allows us to move toward true population health management— from community-focused wellness, to outpatient services, to hospital care and beyond.” The reorganization includes new titles for key senior leaders as part of a move that reorganizes Cone Health leadership into two main areas: the continuum of care and strategy and support.

The continuum of care section will be led by a chief operating ofCOO Judy Schanelficer and a chief clinical officer. Cone Health Executive Vice President of Acute Care Services Judy Schanel will become chief operating officer. She will provide senior leadership to Cone Health hospitals, Cone Health Cancer Center, nursing, pharmacy and health services (long-term care, MedCenters, facilities, construction and food services). Cone Health Chief Inclusion Officer and Wesley Long Hospital President Paul Jeffrey will be named senior vice president, chief inclusion officer and president, Wesley Long Hospital as part of this change.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Mary Jo Cagle, MD, will become chief clinical officer. She will provide senior leadership for most Cone CCO CagleHealth physician practices. Triad HealthCare Network (THN) Vice President and Executive Director Steve Neorr will be named senior vice president and report to Cagle. THN Vice President and Executive Medical Director Tom Wall, MD, will be named THN chief clinical officer. Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Cone Health Medical Group, Bill Morgan, MD, will be named chief medical officer, Cone Health Medical Group. Both will report to Cagle.

The strategy and support section of Cone Health includes most non-patient care areas such as: innovation and transformation, people and corporate services, strategic development and finance. Cone Health Marketing & Communications Vice President Chuck Wallington will be named senior vice president of marketing & communications and Cone Health Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Horsley will become senior vice president and chief information officer as part of these changes.

This reorganization takes effect Jan. 1. “Our goal is to continue transforming health care. I believe this new structure will help to accelerate our performance to that end,” says Akin.

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