Natalie Whitmer, MBA, MHA, has been appointed chief operating officer of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. As COO, Whitmer will be responsible for the daily operations of the hospital, while ensuring efficient services are delivered to meet the needs of the community.

“We are very excited to welcome Natalie to the TriStar StoneCrest leadership team,” said Lou Caputo, chief executive officer of TriStar StoneCrest. “Her people-centered approach and collaborative leadership style in improving healthcare delivery will be a strong asset as we work to create a healthier tomorrow for our community.”

Whitmer comes to TriStar StoneCrest from Regional Medical Center in Florida, where she served as the vice president of operations, ethics & compliance officer and emergency management operations.

Whitmer holds a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


naviHealth, which specializes in post-acute care management and care transitions for health plan, health system and provider partners, announced that Harrison Frist has been named the company’s chief executive officer. He previously served as its chief operating officer.

“naviHealth has a rich history built around a dedication to patient-centered care, and I am honored to have been with the company since its earliest days,” said Frist. “I look forward to collaborating with our team and our colleagues at Optum as we enter a new phase of care delivery, explore new growth opportunities and seek new ways to achieve our mission of helping seniors live more fulfilling lives.”

Frist succeeds naviHealth’s founding CEO Clay Richards, who announced in mid-2021 that, at the end of the year, he would be stepping down from his role at naviHealth and is now serving in a senior advisory role at Optum, which acquired naviHealth in 2020.

In his new role, Frist will lead naviHealth and oversee Optum’s Care Transitions business, which includes post-acute care, readmission and home health management services.

Since joining naviHealth in 2012, Frist has held several positions, most recently serving as naviHealth’s COO.

Frist earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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