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Nemours Children's Health Promotes Regional Exec to Enterprise COO

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   November 30, 2022

The multistate children's health system also created new regional and enterprise leadership roles to support the organization's growth initiatives.

Nemours Children's Health announced Wednesday that Mark Mumford, who currently serves as chief executive of Nemours Delaware Valley operations, has been promoted to serve as enterprise COO for the pediatric health system.

Mumford will serve in a dual role as enterprise COO and Delaware Valley regional president in the interim until a national search for his replacement is conducted. He will continue to report to president and CEO R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP, and be based out of Nemours Children's Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.

"Mark is the quintessential servant leader, and his consummate expertise in healthcare operations is critical to achieving our vision of creating the healthiest generations of children," Moss said in a statement. "As we evolve our children's health system for continued operational excellence, innovation, and the expansion of value-based care, Mark is the right leader at the right time to help Nemours Children's achieve our strategic goals."

Mumford joined the health system in September 2020 to lead clinical operations in Delaware for Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware and Nemours Children's Health. He previously served as senior vice president of finance and CFO at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Prior to that, he served in executive financial positions for corporations such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and PetSmart.

"I joined Nemours two years ago because it was the only healthcare system in the country that had a bold plan and vision to not only help children recover from illness but to prevent them from getting sick in the first place," Mumford said in a press release. "I knew that this was where I wanted to be. All of us at Nemours are committed to going well beyond medicine to help even more children access the best care, outcomes, and comprehensive approach to their well-being."

Additionally, the health system announced two new enterprise clinical leadership roles and new segmented leadership roles for its Florida operations.

Mary M. Lee, MD was promoted to serve as enterprise chief physician executive and chief scientific officer. Jane Mericle, DNP, was promoted to serve as chief nursing executive and patient operations officer. Both leaders will be based out of Wilmington and will provide leadership for clinical operations across the system.

Michael Erhard, MD, was promoted to serve as president of Nemours children's Health, North Florida, while Martha McGill, MBA, was promoted to serve as president of Nemours Children's Health, Central Florida, to help with the system's growth initiatives in the Sunshine State.

Nemours Children, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is a multistate pediatric health system with two children's hospitals and a network of primary, specialty, and urgent care practices in Florida, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

Photo credit: Orlando, Florida, USA - January 29, 2022: Nemours Children's Health ground sign in Orlando, Florida, USA. Nemours Children's health is pediatric research and clinical trials. / JHVEPhoto /

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