IU Health shuffles execs in advance of Evans’ retirement

Indiana University Health announced a reshuffling of its C-suite on Thursday, as the Indianapolis-based hospital system prepares for the April retirement of longtime CEO Dan Evans.

IU Health named Al Gatmaitin as chief operating officer of its entire 19-hospital system. Gatmaitin, who is currently president of the IU Health Arnett hospital in Lafayette will replace Dennis Murphy, who will succeed Evans as CEO. He will oversee all clinical services in the IU Health system. The change will take effect on Feb. 1.

Also on Feb. 1, Ryan Kitchell, IU Health’s chief financial officer, will fill the new role of chief administrative officer, overseeing all business services in the IU Health system.

And Kevin Armstrong, president of the Methodist Health Foundation, will become chief mission and values officer on Jan. 11.

“These moves are a critical part of the transformation of our healthcare system,” wrote Evans and Murphy in a memo to IU Health managers on Thursday. They added, “We are pleased that our succession management system has been in place for several years so that we were able to offer new career opportunities and growth to talented individuals who have already been a part of our IU Health mission.”

At IU Health West, Gatmaitin will be replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Donald Clayton, the hospital’s chief medical director.

Kitchell will be replaced as chief financial officer by Jennifer Alvey, who has been IU Health’s vice president of revenue cycle services. She will oversee finance, treasury, real estate, managed care contracting and revenue cycle services.

Armstrong’s position is new to IU Health, but he will be assuming many of the duties now performed by Steven Ivey, IU Health’s senior vice president of values, ethics, social responsibility and pastoral services. Ivey will retire in January 2017.

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