PeaceHealth names Mark Hallett, MD, chief medical officer

PeaceHealth recently announced that Mark Hallett, MD, will serve as its new senior vice president and chief medical officer.

Hallett is a transformational physician executive with 24 years of progressive and diverse leadership experience. With a passion for safety and quality, he has a strong track record of physician engagement and strategic initiatives that support clinical excellence.

“There are a lot of reasons why people get up in the morning. For me, it starts with safety and quality,” Hallett said. “That aligns with the great work PeaceHealth is already doing to support patients and their family — every time, every touch. My personal values – faith, family, health and work – also align perfectly with the PeaceHealth values. My work is more like a calling; I’ve always considered it a ministry by which I serve.”

Hallett has served in various leadership roles at ThedaCare in Northeast Wisconsin, most recently serving as vice president for patient safety and high reliability. As a hospital chief operating officer, he oversaw several critical patient safety initiatives including the prevention of surgical site infections and a hand hygiene program. Under his leadership as the senior medical director, ThedaCare Physicians received the highest ranking chronic condition and prevention quality scores among primary care physicians in the state from 2010-2013, according to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. Before transitioning to leadership roles, Hallett spent 18 years as a family physician and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician.

Hallett earned his MD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also holds a master’s of business operational excellence from The Ohio State University. After living in the Midwest for decades, Hallett and his wife, Linda, are looking forward to exploring all the wonders of the great Northwest including hiking, biking, skiing and sailing.

Hallett will be based at PeaceHealth’s system office in Vancouver, Wash. He will officially join the organization on June 4, 2018.