Summit Talent Group Completes Executive Search for Chief Medical Officer

May 2017: After a national executive search, Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI) has selected Gene Christian, MD as the new Chief Medical Officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA, effective August 1, 2017.

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Bon Secours names Gene Christian Chief Medical Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital

“I am looking forward to working with the Bon Secours team that I met during the interview process and being a part of the historic health ministry,” Dr. Christian says. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital leadership are pleased to welcome Dr. Christian into the Bon Secours family.

For the past five years, Dr. Christian has served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Central Division of Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, NC, a regional healthcare provider with 12 primary enterprise hospitals and 28 regional affiliate facilities. Responsible for quality, patient safety, accreditations and medical staff relationships, primarily at the Carolinas Medical Center Mercy Campus and two behavioral health facilities, Dr. Christian led numerous teams to improve hospital patient safety metrics including reduction in length of stay, HACs and readmissions. In addition to surgical service line work, Dr. Christian focused on clinical efficiency and cost containment projects.

Prior to his tenure at Carolinas Healthcare System, Dr. Christian was an orthopedic surgeon for 18 years with practices in North Carolina, Utah and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Christian received his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He completed both his surgical internship and his orthopedic residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, after which he was assigned to Naval Hospital Jacksonville for three years. Dr. Christian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and has won several awards, including ‘America’s Top Surgeons’, ‘Small Businessman of the Year’ and multiple patient choice awards.

Dr. Christian and his wife, Linda, have three sons, two daughters-in-law and one granddaughter.

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