Mercy Health System Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer
Conshohocken, PA (July 25, 2012): Mercy Health System has announced the appointment of Neil S. Whitaker, MD, to the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mercy Health System, where he will be responsible for facilitating physician alignment and clinical excellence, and improving quality and efficiency of patient care throughout the system. Mercy Health System is the largest Catholic healthcare system serving the Delaware Valley.
Dr. Whitaker comes to Mercy Health System from Intermountain Healthcare in Provo, Utah, where he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Urban South Region since 2002. Intermountain is a nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake City, with over 32,000 employees consisting of 23 hospitals, physicians, clinics, and health plans. During his tenure at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Whitaker’s accomplishments included the implementation of numerous quality improvement and patient safety initiatives that significantly improved outcomes. He also provided leadership for programs and services that earned national recognition and heightened physician engagement.
Dr. Whitaker’s vast leadership experience also includes tenure as Medical Staff President at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, Chair of the Internal Medicine Department at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Chief of Internal Medicine at USAF Hospital, Beale Air Force Base, California. Dr. Whitaker also practiced internal medicine at the Central Utah Clinic for 14 years following his service in the Air Force. As part of his mission to serve the community, Dr. Whitaker did humanitarian work as a missionary in Peru and provided medical service with Healing Hands for Haiti in Port au Prince and at the Volunteer Care Clinic in Provo, Utah. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Chemistry (Magna cum laude) at Brigham Young University and his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
“We welcome Dr. Whitaker’s values-based leadership to the Mercy Health System team,” said David D. Clark, president and CEO of Mercy Health System. “Dr. Whitaker’s outstanding clinical foundation and executive abilities will help us strengthen our relationships with physicians and other providers of care, and our commitment to patient safety, clinical excellence and compassionate care.”