Satchel Health CEO change-up and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock
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Satchel Health, a company that uses connected devices to provide telehealth offerings to post-acute care providers, has had a change at the top. Founder and former CEO Ryan Macy has stepped down into the role of chief product officer and Satchel has hired Lanson Hyde as CEO. Hyde most recently served as chief operating officer of the hospital division and president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center division at Surgical Development Partners.

“Lanson believes in the vision and together we are going to deliver on our mission of improving the care delivery model in post-acute care,” Macy said in a statement, “The team and I are excited to be working with him.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s healthcare spinoff, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, has hired Gajus Worthington as its new chief operating officer. Worthington is the cofounder and former CEO of life science research tool company Fluidigm.

“Gajus brings a unique combination of technical and managerial experience that will help us evolve from our startup phase into a leading non-profit research institution,” Joseph DeRisi, co-president of CZ Biohub, said in a statement. “He managed Fluidigm as the company grew from its founding to many prosperous years as a publicly traded company. We are fortunate to have someone with that experience join our leadership team.”

Health conversation platform maker Conversa has hired two new executives: Chief Marketing & Experience Officer Chris Edwards and Vice President of Operations Becky James.  Edwards came over from Validic, and before that led marketing efforts at Allscripts, while James comes off of a 17-year stint at WebMD Health Services.

"We've built a phenomenal team of proven leaders and are incredibly fortunate to have landed these two seasoned veterans," CEO West Shell III said in a statement. "Chris and Becky have successfully leveraged their deep expertise and passion for digital health to help transform several industry-leading companies, and we're thrilled to have them help Conversa transform how care teams and patients communicate between visits.”

In-home senior care technology company Hometeam has announced two new hires. Tom Etergino will be joining as the company’s first-ever Chief Financial Officer and Thomas Seaman will come on as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Seaman is the former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Teladoc, while Etergino comes over from Refinery29, the latest in a long line of CFO gigs.

“I’m excited for Tom and Thomas to join our executive team as we drive forward our next chapter of growth and scale,” CEO and cofounder Josh Bruno said in a statement. “Tom brings a depth of financial experience to our team, he's one of the country’s most respected startup CFOs and his guidance and oversight will expand our capabilities. Thomas has excellent legal credentials and unrivaled industry expertise and knowledge that will dramatically advance our legal and compliance functions and help position the company for continued growth in the years to come. They will both add tremendous value to our overall strategy.

Digitally-enabled house call company Pager has created an advisory board and appointed five new members, in addition to existing advisors Dr. Richard Boxer and Dr. Aran Ron. 

Joining the new board are Mark Shaver, VP of business development and strategic alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine; Mark Callahan, who is now retired but served in a variety of executive roles at Mount Sinai Health System; Brad Fluegel, SVP and chief healthcare commercial market development officer for Walgreens; Charlene Frizzera, senior advisor at Leavitt Partners; and Guy Sansone, managing director with global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal.

“Pager is excited to add these heavy hitters from the healthcare industry to the advisory board,” Walter Jin, Pager CEO and chairman, said in a statement. “The completion of our advisory board continues our goal of bringing best-in-class healthcare expertise to the organization.”
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