Kentucky's former public health commissioner, Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, has been appointed as vice president of population health at the KentuckyOne Health system and chief medical officer for its accountable care organization, KentuckyOne Health Partners.
In her newly created role, which is still being defined, Gibson will likely expand the Louisville-based system's community health initiatives. As an ACO, KentuckyOne Health Partners has implemented wellness programs such as its Healthy Lifestyle Centers, which provide nutrition counseling and exercise services.
Gibson will also lead medical-service policies and procedures in her role as CMO for KentuckyOne Health Partners, which works with nearly 2,000 providers.
Gibson, a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist, brings a decade of public health management experience to KentuckyOne. She was commissioner of health for three years during former Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear's term. Over her tenure, she advocated to curb tobacco use and reduce the incidence of cancer.
Gibson's appointment comes shortly after newly elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced plans to end Kynect, the state-operated health insurance exchange Beshear implemented.
Gibson officially began at KentuckyOne in mid-January.