New Human Resources SVP Appointed

Paula Squires, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, has been named senior vice president of Human Resources for Brigham Health, starting Oct. 16. Squires joins the Brigham from Baystate Health, where she served as senior vice president and chief resources officer for the past 11 years. At Baystate, she oversaw human resources functions for the system’s 12,500 employees and successfully transformed the system’s human resources model. She developed a 10-year strategic workforce plan to recruit and retain top talent for the system’s tertiary academic medical center and four hospitals, which serve western New England.

Prior to Baystate Health, Squires held positions including vice president of Human Resources at Maine Medical Center and vice president of Human Resources at South Shore Hospital. She also has worked for Harvard Community Health Plan and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Williams Named Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Sabrina Williams, MBA, who has served as interim vice president for HR since January, will become Brigham Health’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, helping the institution focus on this value at the highest level. Williams will continue as interim vice president of HR until Squires arrives in October.

Williams previously served as vice president of Human Resources at Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) and has more than 15 years of experience as an HR executive and leader. Prior to joining NHP, she served as the director of Human Resources for the Health Science Campuses at Tufts University. She has also held leadership roles at a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, South End Settlements and the Roxbury Community College Foundation.

Churchill Announces Retirement Plans

William Churchill, MS, RPh, Brigham Health chief pharmacy officer, has announced his plan to retire on Sept. 30 after 42 years of service at the Brigham. He began his career here as a Pharmacy intern, and has served as a leader in the department for more than 27 years. Under his leadership, the department has become one of the largest and most highly-regarded pharmacies in the country, dispensing millions of doses of medication each year, and adopting innovative technologies that reduce human error, including robotics and a bard coding system, to ensure that patient safety remains a top priority.

“Because of his dedicated leadership and mentorship, we have a world-class Pharmacy team that provides outstanding care to our patients and their families in partnership with their multidisciplinary colleagues,” said Stan Ashley, MD, chief medical officer.

Over the past year and a half, Churchill has focused his efforts on getting approval for multiple large network-based strategic projects including the centralized IV compounding service and the centralized specialty pharmacy. Following his retirement, Churchill plans to consult in the areas of IV compounding technology and software design to continue to help provide the safest care to patients, in addition to spending more time with his family.

John Fanikos, MBA, RPh, who has been part of the Pharmacy team for more than 30 years, will continue in his leadership role as executive director of Pharmacy.

Lemaire Named Executive Director of Radiology Services

Karen A. Lemaire, MHA, will become executive director of Brigham Health Radiology Services beginning Sept. 25. She will serve as the senior administrative and operations leader for all Brigham Health radiology-related services in this newly created position.

Lemaire will be responsible for all professional services provided by Brigham Health radiologists, and will oversee the financial and operational aspects of technical imaging modalities and interventional radiology procedures performed at BWH and BWFH. She will also focus on further integrating professional and technical radiology services across the Brigham family and Partners Healthcare where opportunities exist.

Lemaire brings more than 20 years of imaging experience with large health care organizations. She most recently served as director of Business Development for Massachusetts General Hospital Radiology Consulting Group (MGH RCG) Healthcare Consulting and Teleradiology Consulting Group, focusing on strategy, workflow design and implementation, training and clinical operation improvement for MGH and its affiliates’ radiology services. Prior to that, she was director of Operations for MGH’s off-campus imaging centers. Karen holds a BA from University of Rochester and an MS in healthcare administration from Simmons College.

Acharya Appointed Stepping Strong Center Program Director

Nish Acharya joined BWH as Stepping Strong Center Program Director on July 17.

Prior to joining BWH, Acharya was CEO of Equal Innovation Consulting, a firm that consults with universities, governments, foundations and companies on innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization strategies. Acharya has also served as a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and as a contributor to Forbes. Most recently, he served as co-chair for the NIH National Centers for Accelerated Innovation Review.

Earlier in his career, Acharya was appointed by President Obama as the director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. He led the President’s efforts to nurture economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. As part of his role, Acharya managed the President’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship – a group of nationally known investors, entrepreneurs and university presidents that inspired the America JOBS Act that legalized crowdfunding.

The Stepping Strong Center opened in September 2016 in the Building for Transformative Medicine with the goal of rapidly translating laboratory discoveries directly to treatments for patients at the Brigham, and, through multidisciplinary collaboration, advance and accelerate promising trauma research and clinical care aimed at improving outcomes for millions of trauma patients and families around the world.

Solomon Joins Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

After more than eight years at the Brigham, Lesley Solomon has joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as its senior vice president for innovation and chief innovation officer. Solomon had served as executive director of the Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) and director of strategy and innovation in the Brigham Research Institute.

Solomon led the task force at Brigham that conceived of iHub and became the founding director in 2013. During her time at BWH, Solomon led efforts to foster innovation, collaboration and translation of technology. Solomon and the iHub team worked with scientists, clinicians and hospital administrators to solve hospital challenges through digital health.

In her newly created position at Dana-Farber, Solomon will integrate the work of the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations with her overall innovation strategies for the institute to bring new diagnostic and therapeutic services to the market for the benefit of patients. She will also focus on partnering with health care systems, nationally and potentially internationally, to explore opportunities for care collaborations.

Dulong Joins Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy

Jonathan Dulong, MBA, was named administrative director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, effective June 26.

Working in close partnership with the division chief and the executive administrator for the Department of Medicine, he is responsible for the overall operating results for the division. Dulong comes to BWH from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he served as associate director of administration in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Although his work doesn’t provide direct interaction with many patients, Dulong said being part of a larger mission centered on helping others is energizing.

“It’s a noble industry. We’re here to care for our patients, advance the next generation of health care providers and enhance our research,” he said. “Even when you walk down a hallway and see a patient who looks a little lost, you can help them find their way. Moments like that remind me of why we’re all here.”

Earlier in his career, Dulong served as an account consultant at Cardinal Health. Prior to that, he held several positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently senior manager of Operating Room Logistics.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from Bentley University and his master’s of business administration in Healthcare Administration from Suffolk University.