Brentwood, Tenn. (February 3, 2021) – LifePoint Health®, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, today announced the appointment of Vinitia Mathews, PhD to the new role of senior vice president and chief diversity and patient experience officer. In this role, Mathews will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives – including leadership of LifePoint’s DEI Steering Committee and oversight of strategy and internal and external resources supporting the assessment and development of DEI efforts. She will also continue to lead patient experience programs for the company.
“Vinitia’s expertise and approach to improving the patient experience in our hospitals perfectly aligns with our approach to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and in how we care for the communities we serve,” said David Dill, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of LifePoint Health. “She is uniquely positioned to successfully lead our efforts in this endeavor, and I look forward to the ways she will advance this key component of our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”
A seasoned leader and patient advocate, Vinitia joined LifePoint in 2013, most recently serving as vice president, clinical excellence and experience. During that time, she incorporated a structured approach to patient experience improvement and led a number of programs that bring the patient’s voice to the forefront. Before joining LifePoint, she served as enterprise patient experience program director for Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. She received her MBA in healthcare administration and her PhD in strategic management from Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business.
“Ensuring that everyone has access to quality care is right at the heart of creating a more inclusive and equitable experience for everyone,” said Mathews. “I am honored to lead LifePoint’s efforts in championing diversity, equity and inclusion as we continue to realize our vision of creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, where physicians want to practice and where employees want to work.”
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities across the country. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.