PeaceHealth hires new CMO

Mark Adams is currently a chief medical officer in Seattle

Mark Adams has been hired as the new chief medical officer at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

A new chief medical officer has been hired at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Mark Adams, 62, will be responsible for leading clinical strategies in the $2 billion system, including 10 hospitals, an 800-member multi-specialty group practice and a comprehensive laboratory.

Adams is currently community chief medical officer for CHI Franciscan Health system in Seattle, where he also served as chief medical officer and previously as vice president for medical affairs.

He has served on the board of directors for Cambia Health Solutions since 2009 and was the first practicing physician to serve on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, a post he held for three years. His background includes many other board appointments, and he operated a private practice in thoracic and vascular surgery for more than 20 years.

Adams received his Doctor of Medicine degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Washington, and is board-certified in general and vascular surgery.

“PeaceHealth is an organization with a great reputation and mission-driven focus,” Adams said. “I’ve been in the Northwest a long time so I know that PeaceHealth is well organized and a high integrity organization. I look for that as a differentiator.”

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