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December 5, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 5, 2019) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals has tapped Chris DeRienzo, MD, as the health system’s new senior vice president and Chief Quality & Medical Staff Officer. Dr. DeRienzo officially joined WakeMed on December 1.

Board-certified in general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, Dr. DeRienzo is an accomplished leader, researcher and author. Prior to joining WakeMed, Dr. DeRienzo served as chief medical officer at Cardinal Analytx Solutions in Palo Alto, Calif., an artificial-intelligence-enabled health insights company as well as adjunct professor of population health at Stanford University.

At WakeMed, Dr. DeRienzo will lead the analysis, design, development and implementation of systems, processes and outcomes related to clinical quality, patient safety and accreditation in both our ambulatory and inpatient settings. He will collaborate with leaders and staff, including the medical staff, to maintain a culture of quality, recognize opportunities to improve outcomes and help implement best practices to achieve outstanding patient care.

“Quality and safety are always priorities in health care and WakeMed will no doubt benefit from Dr. DeRienzo’s experience and leadership in the coming years. We are proud to have him as part of the WakeMed family,” commented Donald Gintzig, WakeMed president & CEO.

He also held leadership positions at Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., where he served as chief quality officer and was responsible for quality, safety, patient experience, service excellence, analytics, continuous improvement and sustainability across the system’s six hospitals and 120+ ambulatory sites.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology/biochemistry/psychology from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, Dr. DeRienzo earned a master’s degree in public policy as well as his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Duke University Hospital, followed by a research fellowship at the Duke Patient Safety Center.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health system founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all.

The 941-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, including three full-service hospitals, all delivering health and wellness care and innovative services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in heart and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences.

Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital and Children’s Emergency Department, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital and Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center. WakeMed’s team of more than 9,700 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,300 affiliated physicians and 525 employed physicians and providers represent the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health.

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