CHRISTUS Health Announces Restructured Executive Team May 10, 2011

CHRISTUS Health recently announced changes in its leadership team, designed to prepare the system to take hold of the opportunities and confront the challenges of the future to ensure that CHRISTUS is positioned to continue fulfilling its call to service and be more responsive to patient wants and needs.

After careful thought and prayerful reflection, the CHRISTUS Health executive council will now include:

  • Ernie Sadau, who assumed the position of president and chief executive officer on March 1, 2011;
  • Gene Woods, executive vice president and chief operating officer;
  • Dr. John Gillean, executive vice president and chief clinical officer;
  • An executive vice president and chief financial officer, to be appointed soon;
  • Jeff Puckett, senior vice president and chief strategy, business development and performance integration officer;
  • Mary Lynch, senior vice president and chief governance, sponsorship and mission officer;
  • Gerry Heeley, senior vice president of mission integration and leadership formation;
  • Linda McClung, senior vice president and chief administrative officer and
  • George Conklin, senior vice president and chief information officer.

These changes are effective as of May 2, 2011. In addition, Paul Generale was named vice president and senior financial officer of CHRISTUS Health on May 2, 2011. He currently serves as vice president and chief financial officer for CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Center, and assumes a new position at the health system, accepting responsibility for finance and capital, tax, corporate accounting, supply chain, decision support and reimbursement functions of the system. He will also serve as interim Chief Financial Officer for CHRISTUS Health until the position is filled.

A new executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) will be announced soon, and will lead the following system departments:

  • Internal Audit,
  • Managed Care,
  • Revenue Cycle,
  • Treasury, and will also have
  • Responsibility for the vice president and senior financial officer.

Gene Woods, 46, who is joining CHRISTUS June 1, was recently named as the system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He will oversee CHRISTUS operations, including all the hospitals and their related services, network services (formerly called our non-acute operations) including CHRISTUS Continuing Care and CHRISTUS’ senior campuses, as well as the system’s international network, including CHRISTUS Muguerza operations.

Dr. John Gillean, 59, assumed the role of as executive vice president and chief clinical officer, responsible for:

  • Physician alignment and clinical integration, including professional development and oversight of a Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer;
  • Clinical excellence and patient safety;
  • System clinical nursing and
  • Risk management, including disaster relief and preparedness.

Dr. Gillean has been with the CHRISTUS system for approximately 16 years, serving as senior vice president and chief medical officer since the formation of CHRISTUS Health in 1999. In that role, he was responsible for the system’s physician employment and practice management model; physician/clinical integration; quality management and patient safety; developing processes and systems to assist providers with care management; accreditation readiness and oversight; physician professional development and clinical standard research and development, as well as clinical re-engineering.

Jeff Puckett, 50, assumed the role of senior vice president and chief strategy, business development and performance integration officer, responsible for:

  • CHRISTUS Provider Network and physician employment strategies;
  • LEAN/Performance management, including productivity, process engineering and change management;
  • Business development;
  • Health plan management;
  • Business advisory services;
  • Facilities strategic management and building management and
  • Strategic innovation.

Since 2001, Puckett has served as corporate vice president, business development, advisory services and managed care for CHRISTUS Health, overseeing system-wide business development, operational advisory services, turn-around management and reinvesting in growth strategies, managed care, mergers and acquisitions and contract negotiations with all national managed care and indemnity payors. He has served the CHRISTUS system in various roles for approximately 20 years.

Mary Lynch, 63, assumed the role of senior vice president and chief governance, sponsorship and mission officer, overseeing:

  • Mission integration and leadership formation (which also reports to the president and CEO)
  • Governance services, including corporate secretary functions and
  • Diversity and inclusion, and will
  • Maintain involvement with executive-level coaching within the system.
  • In addition, Mary will serve as executive team liaison for all the CHRISTUS regional governing boards, and will work with the president and CEO to foster and support sponsorship and member relations.

She has been with the CHRISTUS system for approximately 26 years, serving as senior vice president of human resources since the formation of CHRISTUS Health in 1999. In this role, she held responsibility for organizational development, executive and Associate development and learning, benefits design, executive compensation and benefit programs design and administration as well as general workforce development.

Gerry Heeley, 57, assumed the role of senior vice president of mission integration and leadership formation for the CHRISTUS Health system, having a reporting relationship to both Mary Lynch and the president and CEO. He has served as senior vice president of mission and ethics for the system since 2008. He will continue to oversee the system’s compliance areas and provide leadership and direction in the areas of Catholic identity, mission and core values integration, spirituality, ethics, community health and leadership development to ensure that the mission of CHRISTUS Health and its sponsoring Congregations is communicated effectively and integrated fully into all aspects of the organization.

Linda McClung, 54, assumed the role of senior vice president and chief administrative officer, responsible for:

  • Legal services;
  • Human resources;
  • Benefits;
  • Organizational effectiveness;
  • Advocacy and public policy;
  • Strategic marketing, communications and public affairs;
  • System philanthropy services;
  • Customer research and strategy and
  • Retail services.

She has been with the CHRISTUS system for 25 years, and served as senior vice president, non-acute operations, corporate communications & strategic marketing services since 2008. In this role, she retained responsibility for identity and brand management, system-focused communications and media relations, coordinating the system’s philanthropy efforts, overseeing the customer research department and oversight responsibilities for non-acute operations in seven markets in Louisiana and Texas. She previously served as CHRISTUS Health’s senior vice president for communications, philanthropy and system services since the system’s formation in 1999.

George Conklin, 60, will continue to serve as senior vice president and chief information officer, a role he has held since the CHRISTUS Health system’s formation in 1999. He oversees the information systems division across all CHRISTUS Health’s locations and service delivery entities. When the CHRISTUS Health system was formed, Conklin was charged with merging operations of two delivery systems, integrating technical operations and creating a new information management organization, consolidating them to a single, standards-based application set across the entire system. He will now have additional dotted-line responsibilities to the CHRISTUS Strategy department. Conklin has been with the CHRISTUS system for 13 years.

Although these changes were effective as of May 2, transition activities will occur on a schedule that is appropriate for each system department and area.