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Novant Health Announces New Leadership Structure

Novant Health announced a new leadership structure that creates new top officials for its Winston-Salem and Charlotte markets.

The new senior vice president of Novant’s greater Winston-Salem market, which includes Forsyth, Thomasville, Kernersville and Clemmons medical centers, is Dr. Stephen Motew, a vascular surgeon by training who has previously served as senior vice president of physician services for physician clinics.

In its Charlotte market, Novant has named Dr. Andy Mueller as senior vice president of the market. He has been serving as senior vice president of physician services.

Both Motew and Mueller retain their responsibilities related to physician services as well as taking on the task of overseeing strategic growth and development within their home markets.

The move elevates doctors to top positions within Novant’s administration, with the health system saying that the reorganization is necessary for “a patient care team model” the focuses on improving quality, safety, convenience and affordability.

“I believe this new operational team model will serve to accelerate our continued strong performance by helping us to achieve our full potential as a progressive, integrated health system,” said Jeff Lindsay, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Novant. “We’ve asked senior leaders to step into new roles and evolve responsibilities that will transition us to a fully integrated health care system.”

There were other organizational moves further down the ladder.

Denise Mihal, who had been serving as president of Forsyth Medical Center, Novant’s largest hospital, and president of the Winston-Salem market, becomes senior vice president of clinical operations.

In that role, Mihal will work with Novant’s nursing officers and surgical services leaders across the entire health system.

Sean Sanz, who was named chief operating officer for the Winston-Salem market last year when Mihal was named president, is now senior vice president and chief operating officer for the hospital, and serves as its top executive.

In other moves:

Michele Langford has been named senior vice president of Novant Health Acute Services and will lead the integration of the new organizational structure.
Harry Smith, previously president of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and the Charlotte market, becomes senior vice president for professional and support services for the system.
Dr. Henry Capps Jr. was named senior vice president and chief operation officer for Novant Health Medical Group.

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Google commits $150 million to diversity

Google is taking a uniquely Google-esque approach to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant is trying to get more women and minorities into technology with an ambitious, $150 million plan. Google told CNNMoney half that money will go to outside organizations and communities, while the other half will be used internally to make Google more inclusive.

 In a blog post this week, VP of People Operations Nancy Lee laid out the company’s strategy for 2015. It follows earlier public efforts by Google (GOOG) to increase diversity, including sending Google engineers to historically black universities and and working with Disney (DIS) to improve depictions of girls in computer science. In 2014, the company put $114 million toward diversity programs.

The company is also expanding where it looks for fresh talent by recruiting at a wider variety of colleges.

The lack of diversity in tech goes deeper than just the HR department. As was highlighted in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination trial, company culture is also key to keeping and encouraging a diverse workforce. Google is offering more internal training and workshops on unconscious bias, and employees can use part of their time to work on diversity initiatives.

It’s also looking at the root of the problem, expanding computer science education for kids and pushing to get under-served communities online.

The company still has a lot of work to do. According to the diversity report it released last year, only 17% of its tech workers are female, 1% of its tech workforce is black and 2% are Hispanic. In the blog post, Lee said Google plans to release 2015 diversity numbers soon.

In March, Google executive Eric Schmidt was called out during a panel on diversity at SXSW for repeatedly interrupting Megan Smith, the chief technology officer of the U.S. and a former Googler. The audience member who pointed it out was Judith Williams, the manager of Google’s global diversity and talent programs.

It’s not the only company putting money into diversity. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) has donated $50 million to organizations that will help more minorities and women get into tech. Intel (INTC, Tech30) is sinking $300 million into a program that expands STEM eduction to more diverse students.