Dr. Cliff Deveny was brought in earlier this year to serve in that role on an interim basis. The former president and CEO, Dr. Thomas Malone resigned at the end of a tumultuous January after vocal backlash to a decision to not renew the contract of the independent physician group that had staffed the hospital’s emergency departments for decades. Before returning to Summa, where he had spent more than two decades in various roles, Deveny had been president of Locus Health, a company in Charlottesville, Va., focused on software to support population health efforts.
In a prepared statement, Jim McIlvaine, chair of Summa’s board of directors, said the board was “very transparent” when hiring Deveny in March that it intended to conduct a search to fill the position permanently.
“Dr. Deveny has done an outstanding job since returning to Summa, and it is the hope of the board that he will choose to participate in the interview process,” McIlvaine said. “There is no timeline to complete our search and we will provide additional information as it is warranted.”
In February, when Summa announced the hiring of Deveny, officials said he was a one-year contracted interim with an option for a second-year renewal. He joined the system in March.
Also in a prepared statement, Deveny said that when he accepted the interim role, he told the board of directors that there “must be a search conducted” to “properly fill the position permanently.”
“That opinion has not changed,” Deveny continued. “It is the proper action for the board to take and one that ensures the organization remains successful for years to come. In the meantime, my commitment to Summa remains as strong as it ever has and I remain focused on the work at hand. Doing so allows the board to remain focused on its work as stewards of the community.”
According to the job posting, qualifications for the role include a master’s degree; at least 12 years of relevant experience as a health care executive; leadership, communications and analytical skills; demonstrated change management skills; and the “ability to effectively interact with patients/customers with the understanding of their needs for self-respect and dignity.”
The health system, according to the ad, is “seeking a dynamic, experienced healthcare CEO to provide leadership and strategic direction to the organization.”