Three new vice presidents join Parma Hospital's administrative team

Monday, December 03, 2012

Three new vice presidents join Parma Hospital’s administrative team

Parma Community General Hospital welcomes a new Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, a new Vice President of Physician Alignment and Business Development and a new Chief Nursing Officer.

David A. Cook, CPA, takes the helm from Barry L. Franklin, who retired after 30 years as Parma Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer. Cook has 28 years of management experience, serving most recently as a VP of Finance for University Hospitals Health System’s community hospitals. He has worked in financial management at hospitals throughout the region, from MetroHealth Medical Center in the 1980s and St. Luke’s Medical Center in the ‘90s to 14 years in various financial capacities at EMH Regional Healthcare System in Elyria, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for four years.
Cook has a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is married, with three children, and lives in Strongsville.

Michael Mainwaring, with 18 years of experience in healthcare administration, joins the administrative team to lead medical staff development, market assessment, practice valuation, strategic planning and physician integration. He also has oversight of Marketing and Diagnostic Imaging and serves as chief operating officer of Powers Professional Corporation, the hospital’s employed physician group, as well as PRL, its property corporation. Mainwaring previously served as a vice president of Business Development for the Cleveland Clinic and held leadership positions at Southwest General Health Center.

Mainwaring has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the Regent’s Award for the Young Executive of the year in 2000. He is also a member of the Healthcare Executive Association of Northeast Ohio and serves on the Board for the American Red Cross of Medina County. Mainwaring is a resident of Medina, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Sharon K. Thomas, RN, BSN, MBA has joined the leadership team as the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), replacing the retiring Pamela Falasco. Thomas comes to Parma Hospital from St. Vincent Charity Hospital, where she spent 11 years as its CNO. During her tenure, she improved patient, nursing and physician satisfaction scores, reduced Emergency Department diversion time and boosted patient safety metrics. She also served as acting CEO for a period during a medical leave for the administrator. Her nursing background, as both a manager and staff and charge nurse, is in critical care.

Thomas has a bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University and an MBA/master’s of Health Care Administration from Cleveland State University. She has been a clinical instructor in nursing program for both Bryant & Stratton College and ATS Institute of Technology. Thomas lives in North Olmsted with her daughter and two sons.

“I am excited by these excellent additions to my team and the Parma Hospital family,” said Parma Hospital President & CEO Terrence G. Deis. “Dave comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served as a finance executive in both an independent hospital environment as well as within a large regional health system. He will be a great asset to our organization.

“Mike has a long history of working with area independent physicians,” Deis added. “We expect that he will make an immediate impact on our ability to align even more closely with our current high-quality medical staff, while also recruiting additional quality physicians.”

Finally, on the most recent addition of a new Chief Nursing Officer, Deis said: “Sharon is an experienced nurse executive with a strong reputation for improving the patient experience and employee engagement. We expect she will have an immediate dramatic and positive effect on our organization and our community.”

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