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Changes at Merit Health

Laura Knight

Laura Knight

Michael Mudd

Michael Mudd

Nick Renda

Nick Renda

Sam Dean

Sam Dean

Merit Health is announcing the addition of four new executives to the Merit Health Central management team.

Sam Dean joins Merit Health Central as Chief Operating Officer. Dean began his healthcare career nearly 15 years ago and comes to Merit Health Central from Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., where he served as Vice President of Clinical Services/Assistant Chief Executive Officer. Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Business from Auburn University, and Masters of Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Laura Knight, RN, BSN, has been promoted to Chief Nursing Officer from Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, a position she held since June 2013. With 11-years on the hospital’s nursing staff, Knight previously served as Director of the Emergency Department, Telemetry Nurse Manager, and Assistant Nurse Manager in post-surgery. Knight is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing through Loyola University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Nicholas Renda has been named Chief Financial Officer. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of financial experience, primarily working in the healthcare industry. Renda has held several executive management positions at hospitals and physician practices, most recently as Assistant CFO at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Renda earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

Mike Mudd has been named Assistant Administrator. Previously, he held roles in project management, supply chain management, and performance improvement with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, Kentucky. Mudd received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality.

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