Beaumont Health promotes leaders as others depart following merger with Spectrum

A shakeup of top leadership at Beaumont has begun following the completion of the merger between Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health earlier this month.

The health system, now a subsidiary of the merged BHSH Health, promoted Thomas Lanni Jr. to president of the Beaumont hospitals in Troy and Grosse Pointe, effective April 1.

Lanni Jr. replaces Nancy Susick, who served in the role on an interim basis. Susick is now the interim president of BHSH and Beaumont Royal Oak hospital.

Lanni Jr. currently serves as the COO of Beaumont’s Dearborn hospital. He joined the system in 2007 as business manager for the radiation oncology department and has served as an administrative director and vice president of oncology, medicine, imaging, physical medicine and rehabilitation and respiratory therapy at the Royal Oak and Troy locations.

The health system also promoted Terese Farhat to senior vice president and general counsel, effective April 1. Farhat replaces Jane Jordan in the role. Jordan is departing the health system for another job opportunity.

Farhat currently serves as chief counsel of operations for Beaumont and has worked for the health system for 17 years.

Hans Keil, Beaumont’s senior vice president of informational services, is also departing. Keil’s role will be merged under Jason Joseph, BHSH’s chief digital and information officer, effective May 1.

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Beaumont is also searching for a permanent vice president of finance to replace Diane Roth, who is serving in the role on an interim basis. Roth is retiring on May 6.

“We are grateful for everything Jane, Hans and Diane have done for Beaumont,” Susick said in a statement. “I am confident Tom and Terese will be successful in their new roles and will help lead Beaumont Health forward as we transform healthcare and coverage for our state. We are fortunate to have a strong team of leaders, like Tom and Terese, who have spent much of their careers at Beaumont Health.”

Beaumont and Spectrum completed their merger and began operating as one integrated health system on Feb. 1.

The temporarily named BHSH Health is now the largest employer in the state with roughly 64,000 employees, ahead of General Motors Co.’s approximately 48,000 Michigan employees and Ford Motor Co.’s 47,000 local employees.

The two health companies previously announced the intent to merge in June but were delayed by regulatory approval.

Tina Freese Decker, the current president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, will be CEO of BHSH and serve on the integrated company’s board.

The nonprofit now operates a $12 billion, 22-hospital health system with its own health insurer in Priority Health. The new system will manage investments as one entity, but its philanthropic funds will continue to operate in each specific market.

Beaumont and Spectrum will retain their individual names in the markets they serve. A naming committee between the two systems is being formed to eventually change the parent company title.

This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crain’s Detroit Business.

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