UnityPoint names new CEO and new head of clinic operations

Clay Holderman and Dr. Sanjeeb Khatua will join organization early next year

Clay Holderman (left), incoming president and CEO of UnityPoint Health. Sanjeeb Khatua, incoming president and CEO of Un
Clay Holderman (left), incoming president and CEO of UnityPoint Health. Sanjeeb Khatua, incoming president and CEO of UnityPoint Clinic. (Submitted photos)

UnityPoint Health has appointed two new executives to oversee the health care system and its clinical operations.

Clay Holderman will become the new president and chief executive officer of the West Des Moines-based system, one of the nation’s largest health care providers. It includes 40 hospitals and more than 400 clinics across the Midwest.

He will take over the role in mid-February, officials said Tuesday.

Health system officials also announced that Dr. Sanjeeb Khatua has been named the president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Clinic and will oversee the health system’s clinics.

Holderman is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico’s largest health care provider, and has more than 20 years experience in investor-owned and not-for profit health systems.

He earned a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.

Among Holderman’s first priorities as president and CEO is to focus on workforce recovery efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including team member and provider wellness, according to the announcement.

Throughout the pandemic, thousands of health care workers — including those within the UnityPoint Health system — have been furloughed as its companies face a sharp decline in income. Hospitals have had to cancel or postpone elective surgeries throughout the pandemic, and patient visits are down compared to last year.


According to the announcement, officials selected Holderman because of his “servant leadership approach, commitment to patient experience and transformative vision for the future of UnityPoint Health as a high-performing health system.”

Former UnityPoint Health CEO Kevin Vermeer stepped down at the end of April. Vermeer, who left to “pursue other opportunities,” had been CEO for about four years.

Interim CEO Sue Thompson will continue in her role until Holderman joins the organization.

Khatua, who will oversee the more than 400 clinics that employs 1,100 health care providers across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, takes on his role effective Jan. 5.

He currently works at the $1.5 billion integrated health delivery system Edward Elmhurst Health in Chicago, where he is executive vice president, chief physician executive and president of Edward Health Ventures.

Khatua obtained his medical degree from Medical University in Poland and completed a family medicine residency in Hinsdale, Ill.

Among his priorities for UnityPoint Clinic, Khatua plans to focus on “advancing physician and provider leadership and development and ongoing clinical transformation,” according to the announcement.

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