Read G. Pierce, M.D., named Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy for The Institute for Healthcare Excellence

Will focus on accelerating human-centered culture transformation to foster sustainable healthcare performance

Read G. Pierce, M.D., named Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy for The Institute for Healthcare Excellence

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, April 29, 2019 – The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE), a demonstrated leader in providing integrated solutions aimed at humanizing healthcare and a co-founder of the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare (NTH), is proud to announce the addition of Read G. Pierce, M.D., as Vice President of Culture Transformation and Strategy. Dr. Pierce brings more than a decade of experience leading healthcare quality and culture transformation initiatives in multiple health systems, in addition to leading high-performance clinical programs.  

“The importance of the work of IHE to address the significant challenges facing American healthcare today, such as rising costs, uneven quality, an erosion of human connections, and the opioid crisis, has become apparent,” said William J. Maples, M.D., President and CEO of IHE, an organization focused on solutions aimed at creating a culture of excellence rooted in teamwork, trust, respect, and compassion.  “The need and awareness for effective cultural transformation is becoming more evident for healthcare organizations across the country. We need to embrace a new way of approaching the problem and match solutions which will enable leaders, teams, and individuals to restore human connections and joy to healthcare.  We need to restore humanity at the individual and system level and Dr. Pierce will make a significant impact leading strategy at IHE.” 

Dr. Pierce will work closely with IHE faculty and health system partners to accelerate a movement that helps care team members achieve their highest healing potential and deliver exceptional outcomes for patients and families. In support of its vision to humanize healthcare, IHE is positioned to catalyze a global healthcare environment where every human connection creates compassion, empathy, and respect.

“I am thrilled to be leading this inspiring work, through a focus on promoting health, joy, resilience, and sustainable performance for all members of the healthcare team,” said Dr. Pierce.  “The overarching aim is to radically reimagine—and then build—an optimized system for health and healing in the 21st century.”

IHE invites all healthcare organizations that are ready to disrupt the status quo and chart a new course, through human-centered leadership, teamwork, and system design, to contact us and join our national efforts.

About The Institute for Healthcare Excellence
The Institute for Healthcare Excellence partners with healthcare organizations to nurture relational skills necessary to create a culture that embraces trust, respect, compassion, and teamwork – creating an environment where quality, safety, and efficiency can flourish. Through this work, physicians, nurses, and the caregiver team reconnect to purpose and restore joy to the practice of medicine. The result of the culture-transforming work is a restoration of humanity to medicine.  Learn more at and follow @The_IHE on Twitter.