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August 19, 2019: Mary Chatman Wellstar Health System

Mary Chatman, PhD, RN joined WellStar Health System in March 2017 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Kennestone Regional Medical Center. In September of 2017 she was appointed Interim President for Kennestone while still maintaining her Chief Operating Officer duties. In March 2018 she was appointed Senior Vice President and President of WellStar Kennestone. In December 2018 Mary assumed responsibility for a second WellStar Health System Hospital – Windy Hill.

In this role, she oversees all aspects of operations for two hospitals, three Health Parks, and 46 outpatient departments, working with the Senior Team which includes VP’s for Finance, Human Resources, Nursing, Operations, and Medical Staff. She is responsible for collaboratively developing the vision and implementing the strategic direction in concert with hospital and system level leadership.

Prior to joining WellStar, Mary served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial University Health System in Savannah Georgia for 8 years. During this time, she was responsible for day to day operations of the 654-bed hospital as well as nursing operations. In addition, she served as Interim Chief Information Officer for Memorial and led the $85M electronic health record conversion from McKesson to EPIC.

Her healthcare career began in 1988 at Vidant Health System (861-bed academic medical center) in Greenville North Carolina, where she began as a nursing assistant. She practiced bedside nursing for 4 years, before being encouraged to transition to management. In her 20 years at Vidant, she was promoted 10 times, giving her the opportunity to work, oversee, or manage every department in the hospital except Finance and Information Systems, as well as to manage ambulatory and for-profit business lines. Her last role at this system was Chief Nursing Officer, before she transitioned in 2009 to Savannah.

Mary grew up and attended college in eastern North Carolina where she earned 3 Nursing degrees: undergraduate - 1990; Master’s Degree - 1996; and her PhD - 2012. She has had the pleasure of serving on many local, state, and national boards including being appointed by Governor Deal to serve on the Board of Nursing in 2011, where she served 2 years, one as vice chair. Since she has been at WellStar, she has been embraced by the community. She has been recognized as a 2018 Women of Excellence recipient in Atlanta, received a Nursing Achievement Award, recognized nationally by the MBA Diversity Magazine as a ‘Top 50 under 50’ and most recently, recognized as a Fellow in the Malcom Baldrige Program.

Posted by Bill White
August 20, 2019

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