Monday, November 9

Mountain Health Network appoints new system positions

Mike Mullins, FACHE, president and CEO, Mountain Health Network (MHN), has announced several director appointments for the system.

“It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of these talented individuals to key positions within the system,” Mullins said. “In their individual roles, they will collectively help us fulfill our commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”

Key appointments include:


Nick Chinn, information system security officer, has more than 34 years of training and experience in information systems, serving as the director of information systems at St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) since 2015. In his new role, Chinn is responsible for management of information security policies, procedures, standards, and related programs in support of the organization’s Information Systems Security Program. He received his bachelor of science in applied technology from Marshall University.



John “J.K.” Fife, MBA, director of supply chain operations, was named the assistant director of supply chain operations for MHN earlier this year. Fife previously served as the assistant director of materials management at Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH). He will be responsible for planning, developing and controlling the acquisition and distribution of equipment, supplies and services to support the operation of MHN and its member hospitals. He received his master of business administration in strategic leadership from Amberton University and a bachelor of business administration from Marshall University. Fife’s responsibilities will begin January 1, 2021.


Denise Gabel-Comeau, MHA, CPHQ, CJCP, CBB, CCC-SLP, director of quality and patient safety, has more than 25 years of healthcare-related experience, serving most recently as the director of quality and performance improvement at CHH. In her new role, Gabel-Comeau is responsible for setting and implementing an innovative agenda for improving performance and value in the delivery of clinical services by facilitating clinical leadership, supported by physician and staff engagement. She received her master of science in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays State
University in Hays, Kansas, a master of healthcare administration from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree in general studies in speech and language hearing from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Gabel-Comeau is certified in healthcare quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, a Certified Joint Commission Professional, a Certified Lean Facilitator and a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a certified speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Holly A. Mount, MSN, RN, CPXP, director of patient experience, has served as the patient experience manager at Cabell Huntington Hospital since 2016. In her new system position, Mount is responsible for leading a team of professionals focused on ensuring that the experience for the patients and guests is consistent, seamless and exceptional. She began her nursing career at CHH as a nurse extern in 2002, later working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). A certified patient experience professional, Mount received her master of science in nursing informatics from Walden University and her bachelor of science in nursing from Marshall University.



Jo Andrea “Andy” Watson, RN, DNP, MSN, CCRN, CPAN, director of organizational development and learning, has served as the director of Organizational Development and Learning (ODAL) at St. Mary’s Medical Center since 2016. As the system director of ODAL, Watson is responsible for the coordination of educational programs within the framework of Mountain Health Network’s vision that align with the MHN strategic plan. With more than 41 years of healthcare experience, she has worked as a nurse in intensive care, open-heart recovery, post-anesthesia care and interventional radiology and as a critical care educator. Watson earned her master’s degree in nursing and doctor of nursing practice from Walden University, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University. She is a certified critical care registered nurse and a certified post-anesthesia nurse.