Palmetto Health has named Dr. Mark Williams to serve as the Columbia-based health care system’s first chief clinical officer. Williams joins Palmetto Health from Brookwood Baptist Health in Birmingham, Ala., where he has served as chief physician executive since 2014. Brookwood is part of Alabama’s second largest health system.
The creation of the chief clinical officer position for the Midlands largest hospital system will help in transforming the health care experience, Charles Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health, said in a statement. “Dr. Williams will serve as our clinical strategist, driving innovative care delivery and championing clinical quality and service excellence,” Beaman said.
Williams will collaborate with clinical leaders to help improve care coordination and integration across the health care system. He will guide the streamlining of medical care systems and processes to reduce unwarranted clinical variation and improve patient safety. He will be involved in physician coaching and medical staff education.
Before joining Brookwood, Williams spent seven years with North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo, Miss., serving as chief medical officer and interim CEO. North Mississippi Health Services is the largest rural health system in the United States. Williams also served as chief executive officer at Southern Perioperative Services in Birmingham, a single-specialty physician group.
Williams earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. He completed an internship in general surgery, a residency year in internal medicine, and then an anesthesiology residency where he served as chief resident – all at University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. In addition to his medical education, Williams has an MBA from Samford University, Birmingham, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.
“We believe his depth of leadership experience in academic, urban and rural health care settings will provide us with new perspectives,” Beaman said. “Along with his unique skill set, we also believe he will fit well in our Palmetto Health culture and help bring our vision to life.”