Evans Promoted to Executive Vice President of Innovation and Transformation - Cone Health

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Published on May 16, 2014

Evans Promoted to Executive Vice President of Innovation and Transformation


Joan Evans has been promoted to Cone Health executive vice president of innovation and transformation. This is an expansion of Evan’s previous role of vice president of organizational effectiveness and performance.

Joan Evans, Innovation Executive Vice PresidentIn this new role, Evans will help leaders and other employees at Cone Health develop innovative ways of improving the quality, service and cost of the healthcare they provide. Her team will then be charged with implementing promising innovations throughout Cone Health.

“We must transform how we think about the healthcare business and how we care for our patients and communities,” says Cone Health President and Chief Operating Officer Terry Akin. “While creative, innovative thinking happens daily across Cone Health, our bold future will require an organized, intentional and methodical approach to harvest and prioritize ideas, and then spread them across our organization. We are fortunate that we have a strong and experienced leader to guide this work.”

Evans joined Cone Health in 1981 as a physical therapist at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. She has since served in various roles including vice president of rehabilitation, vice president of health services and chief learning officer. Evans has spearheaded cultural transformation efforts at Cone Health.

Evans earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a graduate of the NeuroLeadership Institute™ with a certification in neuroleadership. Evans is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. She serves on the Elon University Board of Advisors and the board of the Greensboro Science Center.

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