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Chris DeRienzo MD, MPP, FAAP Featured

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Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health. In this role he has senior executive responsibility for quality, safety, and service excellence across a $1.8 billion integrated health system. Based in Asheville, NC, Mission Health includes 7 hospitals (ranging in size from critical access to a 763 bed regional tertiary center), numerous ambulatory sites, an employed Clinic of over 800 providers, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and a $100M+ post-acute provider. Chris’s areas of direct accountability include patient safety, analytics, patient engagement, performance improvement, clinical / operational redesign, quality reporting, risk management, infection prevention, accreditation, corporate safety, security, parking, and access control. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with both the Duke University and University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and the Mercy Health Board Quality Committee. Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. DeRienzo completed his M.D., Masters in Public Policy, and post-graduate medical training all at Duke. Chris has published and presented internationally on improving quality outcomes, transitions in care, resiliency and compassion fatigue, and the intersection of analytics, continuous improvement, and humanity in healthcare. Dr. DeRienzo has received multiple clinical and teaching awards along with both public and private grant support for his research. Outside of Mission, he volunteers with the March of Dimes and serves on the YMCA Blue Ridge Board Committee on Mission Impact. At a national level, Dr. DeRienzo was just the fourth medical student elected and re-elected to serve on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. He is a Past-President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and has served in leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Medical Society. Chris has advised both Doximity and Google on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication. He currently advises the North Carolina Quality Center on Safety Culture and the state of North Carolina on healthcare-associated infection prevention and the use of health analytics. Chris is lifelong New York Mets fan, a long-course triathlete, and enjoys exploring all that the greater Asheville area has to offer outdoors with his wife and family.

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