Movers & Shakers: Tidewell Hospice Names CEO, Louisville Council Taps Director of Ops

Jonathan Fleece Named Tidewell Hospice CEO

Stratum Health System and Tidewell Hospice have a new leader. Jonathan Fleece has been named the CEO of those organizations by the Stratum Board of Trustees, succeeding current CEO Gerard Radford.

Tidewell is one of the largest nonprofit hospices in the United States. Its administration office is located in Sarasota, Florida, and it serves more than 1,100 patients each day across Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.


Stratum Health System is a nonprofit, integrated care network. It was formed in 2015 to oversee the services and operations of Tidewell and its affiliated companies. These include Approved Home Health and Avidity Home Health, in-home primary care company Connexis Medical Services, Treasures Thrift Shop and Tidewell Real Estate.

Fleece is an attorney, and his career in health care began in the General Counsel’s Office at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Most recently, he was CEO and managing partner of law firm Blalock Walters, and also has served on either the Tidewell or Stratum board since 2009.

“We were looking for a visionary leader and strategist who could grow and guide our role as the leader in the aging continuum and end-of-life care; someone who would inspire and nurture the personal and professional development of our employees,” said Jan Miller, chair of the Tidewell Hospice Board of Trustees and of the CEO search committee, in a June 26 press release announcing Fleece’s selection.


Fleece is set to assume the CEO position on Oct. 1, 2018.

Simione Names Senior Manager of Data Analytics

Robert Giljohann has joined Simione Healthcare Consultants as senior manager of data analytics, the firm announced on July 10. Simione focuses on serving home- and community-based service providers, with a goal of advancing quality and efficiency.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert Giljohann to further expand resources for our clients in home health and hospice,” said Rob Simione, director of data analytics, in a press release. “His expertise in financial analysis and technology, revenue forecasting and growth strategy will be instrumental in supporting process improvement and customer service for our industry.”

Giljohann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in insurance and financial planning. He served as a business and commercial sales analyst with a franchise corporation and a parking management company, and most recently was senior data analyst for Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin.

Louisville CEO Council Hires Director of Operations

Rebecca Brown Rice has been hired as director of operations for the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, an organization spearheaded by the CEOs of 12 health care companies based in Louisville. The council’s goal is to help make Louisville the premiere city for innovations in aging.

Most recently, Brown Rice managed the NIH ExCITE (Expediting Commercialization, Innovation, Translation, and Entrepreneurship) Program at the University of Louisville, according to a July 3 press release announcing her hiring. With ExCITE, she oversaw the investment of $3 million, which went to 19 early-stage health care tech startups.

Brown Rice also is a former director at XLerateHealth, a startup accelerator in Louisville with a health care focus and a global reach, according to the release. She holds neuroscience degrees from Brown University and Yale University.

With the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Brown Rice will focus on a global reverse-pitch competition, oversee special projects and help support the annual plan.

Enable Me Names Joseph Scanlan as President

Joseph Scanlan, an entrepreneur and accountant, has been named president of Enable Me.

Tampa, Florida-based Enable Me provides movement therapy devices and is under contract with major home health and rehab provider Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC), according to the press release announcing Scanlan’s appointment. The company also recently signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A Vietnam War combat veteran, Scanlan worked for Deloitte as a certified public accountant and has owned or co-owned a variety of businesses, including a health care company specializing in respiratory medication distribution, according to the press release.

Written by Tim Mullaney

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