Dr. Andrew C. Bland has been appointed vice president and chief medical officer of Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS).
Bland comes to Hamilton from The Joint Commission (TJC) where he was the medical director for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. TJC accredits and certifies health care organizations and is recognized nationwide as the symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting specified performance standards.
Prior to his role with TJC, Bland was with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) in Illinois, a 15-hospital system where he served as chief quality officer and chief medical officer among other duties. Additionally, Bland was the assistant dean for Faculty Development and associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria before joining HSHS.
Bland completed his undergraduate studies in cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts in Champaign, Illinois. He then graduated with honors and was a James Scholar while obtaining his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. Bland completed combined residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In addition to his extensive medical and clinical background, Bland holds a master's of business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as well as a master's of predictive analytics from Northwestern University in Chicago.
"Dr. Bland joins Hamilton's longstanding commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality health care for the communities we serve," said Jeff Myers, chief executive officer and president of Hamilton Health Care System. "We are pleased to have Andy join our leadership as we continue to grow and expand our services. The unique skill set which he brings to the team, including a diverse and extensive background in clinical practice, quality and health care business management, will be a significant asset to furthering the objectives of our quality, safety and strategic development initiatives."
Bland and his wife, Angela, say they are excited to be relocating to the area and are looking forward to becoming an active part of the community.