Former VP is Named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Knoxville, Tenn. – April 2021 – Mandy Grubb Halford, MD, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief medical informatics officer at Covenant Health after serving for several years as vice president and CMIO. Her health system responsibilities include providing medical leadership for information technology in the areas of strategic planning, organization change management, process redesign, clinical informatics and innovation.
Dr. Halford recently led the implementation of an electronic health records system across Covenant Health and continues to oversee and enhance the system’s capabilities. She is currently a key leader for the health system’s recently announced tele-ICU strategy.
“I began my career in medicine with a strong desire to help others. As I continue to serve in a leadership role, I remain passionate about improving health care for all patients in our communities,” said Dr. Halford. “As technology continues to advance, including through the use of virtual health, it will be exciting to see the innovative solutions our team creates to better care for our patients. It is an honor to work with such an outstanding team.”
“Dr. Halford plays an important leadership role in medical information technology initiatives that are positively impacting the way we deliver care in our communities. She has a unique ability to lead the development and implementation of complex strategies across operational areas that include medical services, information technology, staff education and the patient care experience,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “Dr. Halford has a collaborative demeanor and the heart of a servant leader, and is highly regarded by physicians and employees throughout Covenant Health.”
Dr. Halford began practicing medicine at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville in 2009 and was named chief medical officer at CMC in 2013. After Cumberland Medical Center joined Covenant Health, she was named the health system’s medical director of clinical documentation and informatics in 2015.
“Dr. Halford is universally respected and appreciated by the entire Executive Leadership Team, our medical staffs and everyone who has the pleasure to work with her,” said Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health executive vice president of operations. “She believes personally in Covenant Health’s mission and vision, and leads by example. Her leadership has made a tremendous difference in enhancing the care we provide to our patients.”
Dr. Halford earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, also from the University of Tennessee. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine Clinical Informatics.