UT Medical Center finalizes leadership structure

June 19, 2014 | News, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences, UTMC
By Jon Strunk

University of Toledo Medical Center CEO Dave Morlock announced several personnel changes, including the retirement of a leader with nearly a decade of outstanding service to the hospital.

Norma Tomlinson, who joined the organization in 2005 and currently serves as associate vice president of UTMC, will retire Sept. 12.

“Norma’s professionalism, experience and institutional knowledge were very helpful to me as I assumed my new role, and I’m incredibly grateful to her,” Morlock said. “Given all she has done to create a high-quality, safe clinical environment for patients and health-care learners, this community is lucky to have her.”

“I am so proud of all that we’ve accomplished together in the last 10 years,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve come such a long way from where we were in 2005, and it has been my privilege to work with so many people so dedicated to the health and well-being of others.”

Prior to joining UTMC, Tomlinson was the vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer with three other health systems, most recently, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., as the vice president of clinical services and operations, and chief nursing officer.

Morlock also announced title changes and some modifications in responsibility, in some instances formalizing a structure he laid out earlier this year.

Dr. Carl Sirio will serve as chief operating officer for UTMC, as well as chief clinical and chief medical officer. Simultaneously, Dr. Ron McGinnis, interim dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, announced that Sirio has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

“Carl has shown himself to be an outstanding leader with a comprehensive knowledge of UT’s health-care delivery model, as well as a thought leader nationally when it comes to recognizing and anticipating changes in the health-care industry and their effects locally,” Morlock said.

Dr. Bryan Hinch will assume the role of chief medical information officer having capably served as the associate chief for the last several years dealing with difficult information technology issues.

Dan Barbee will move from his role as chief nursing officer to become vice president for clinical services, overseeing nursing, pharmaceutical care, laboratory services, radiology, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapies.

In other changes, Monecca (Mo) Smith has been selected to serve as chief nursing officer. Barbee said that Smith’s breadth of experience in inpatient services, emergency medicine, ambulatory care and nursing administration, coupled with her deep institutional knowledge, makes her an ideal candidate to lead nursing services to the next level.

Angie Ackerman is being named outcome management director and is expanding her role and taking over the staffing clerks and the house supervisors in addition to her current responsibilities, which include case management, social work and bed placement coordinators.

“These are not easy times for any health-care organization,” said Sirio, specifically referencing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the expected visit later this year by the Joint Commission, UTMC’s accrediting agency. “But our advantage is our people. The most complex and dire medical cases in the community come to us and as the only academic medical center in the region, we welcome these challenges.”

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