"Each of these leaders brings exceptional talent and experience to our organization in their respective areas of expertise," said John Bumpus, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of LifePoint Health. "Since joining the company, Barbara and Maurice have each proven themselves to be effective leaders who have the best interests of our facilities, and the company as a whole, at heart. We are proud to recognize their achievements and commitment by expanding their leadership roles with well-deserved promotions. We are also delighted to add another seasoned leader, Mark Pickett, to our physician services team. He is a natural fit within our organizational culture, and we are confident he will excel in his new role."
As vice president, clinical informatics officer, Maurice Abney provides strategic oversight for the development of LifePoint's comprehensive clinical informatics program and guides the organization's approach to clinical technology. Abney previously served the company as senior director, acute clinical systems and director, evidence-based medicine. Prior to joining LifePoint Health in 2012, Abney worked in informatics leadership at Hospital Corporation of America, where he oversaw computerized provider order entry for the company's MEDITECH and Epic clinical systems.
In her new role as vice president, clinical improvement and healthcare safety, Barbara Olson leads the company's efforts to enhance the safety of patients and healthcare workers in its facilities; oversees the LifePoint Patient Safety Organization; and spearheads the company's enterprise-wide culture of safety and engagement survey process. She will also continue to be deeply involved with supporting LifePoint's hospitals as part of the National Quality Program Leadership Team. Olson most recently was senior patient safety officer for the company and has been with LifePoint since 2013.
New to LifePoint, Mark Pickett, formerly senior director, physician practice operations at Tenet Healthcare, has been appointed vice president, physician services, for the company's Eastern Group of facilities. Pickett is responsible for leading and directing all aspects of physician services operations for LifePoint's facilities in Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. Prior to his role with Tenet, Pickett served in a number of roles as vice president during his 10-year tenure with Hospital Corporation of America.