Mission Health’s DeRienzo Named a 2018 “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare

ASHEVILLE (Oct. 22, 2018) – Chris DeRienzo, MD, Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health, is among Modern Healthcare’s 2018 class of Up and Comers. Modern Healthcare, the leader in healthcare business news, research and data, annually honors emerging leaders who are 40 years of age or younger, who have made significant contributions in the areas of healthcare administration, management or policy early in their careers.

“Chris’ deep commitment to clinical excellence, patient safety and continuous improvement using data and analytics are key drivers of his success,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “Mission Hospital has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018-2019 edition of Best Hospitals and, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. These recognitions do not happen without the outstanding leadership of our Chief Quality Officer, who has a relentless focus on our patients, team members and community.”

Nominees for this recognition must be 40 years of age or younger as of July 30, 2018, and be working in any sector of healthcare, including providers, insurers, vendors and suppliers. Judging was based on specific actions the nominee took this year to help their organization achieve or exceed clinical, operational and financial goals as well as the specific steps the nominee took to establish or contribute to a culture of innovation and transformation.

“The 2018 class of Up and Comers has no shortage of leaders who step up to face and overcome the challenges reshaping the healthcare industry. Keep your eye on these go-getters who aspire to ‘leave the world a better place than we found it’ and who were motivated to improve patient experiences after their own relatives were caught up in the healthcare system,” said Modern Healthcare editor, Aurora Aguilar.

In this role at Mission, Dr. DeRienzo has executive responsibility across the system for patient safety, clinical analytics, clinical and operational redesign, patient experience, quality reporting, risk management, performance improvement, infection prevention, accreditation, environmental health and safety, and security. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Hospital and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the Duke University and University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 15 Up and Comers under 40. This recognition speaks more though to the incredible nature of my team than anything I’ve personally accomplished,” said Dr. DeRienzo. “Within our quality department, we partner with people across Mission Health to not only ensure we are a great health system today but also are constantly working to get even better tomorrow. It’s what gets me out of bed every morning, and it’s a privilege to do this work with this team.”

This year’s honorees are profiled in the October 15 issue of Modern Healthcare and online at www.modernhealthcare.com/community/up-and-comers/2018/.

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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