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Vidant Health Board of Directors announces that Dr. David Herman has accepted a new CEO position in Minnesota

October 01, 2014 by Christine Mackey

Janet Mullaney named interim CEO 

GREENVILLE, NC – The Vidant Health Board of Directors today accepted Dr. David Herman’s resignation from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Vidant Health. To be closer to his family, Dr. Herman will return to Minnesota to accept the CEO position at Essentia Health in Duluth. 

“We are appreciative of all that Dr. Herman has done to build on our strong foundation and move Vidant Health forward since his arrival in 2011,” said Art Keeney, chair of the Vidant Health Board of Directors. “Here in eastern North Carolina, we understand how important family is as a part of the decisions we make, and we will immediately begin the search to find the best person to take the helm at Vidant Health.” 

Dr. Herman will remain with Vidant Health through the end of the year. In the interim, Janet Mullaney, the Chief Administrative Officer, will work with the leadership team within the organization to ensure a smooth transition. 

“The decision to leave friends, neighbors and respected colleagues has not been an easy decision,” said Dr. Herman. “As our family has matured, proximity has become an important factor in providing the support they need.” 

Dr. Herman joined Vidant Health in summer of 2011 as the president of the health care system. He became CEO in July 2012. During Dr. Herman’s tenure, Vidant Health cut the ribbon on James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center, and the system made significant strides in patient safety and quality and was awarded the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. Since 2011, Vidant Health has grown to become an integrated health care system in North Carolina with eight hospitals, 70 physician practices, and with home health, hospice, wellness centers and other health care services across the region. 

Herman is a native of International Falls, Minn. Before he was at Vidant Health, Herman served as the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Affiliated Practice Network. He received his bachelor’s degree in physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. 

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