Michele M. Molden is recognized as an innovative problem-solver with 30-plus years of progressive leadership in healthcare, achieving significant organizational and bottom-line results, Michele is known for creativity, thoroughness of planning, team-building and resourcefulness in achieving goals.
In January 2011, Michele was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for Piedmont Healthcare. Molden’s new role focuses on corporate development, additional physician/hospital partnerships and external relationships, bringing her expertise in organizational development to the corporate office. This focus is critical to Piedmont’s future, given the unprecedented pace of reform and leveraging Molden’s expertise in leading strategic initiatives and supporting change. She also will work to formalize a physician leadership development program, recognizing the increasing role of physicians in administrative management functions across the organization.
In August 2007, Michele was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont Heart Institute and was the guiding force responsible for the development of our financially and strategically integrated partnership. PHI’s 85 physicians and Piedmont Healthcare have formed one of the largest employed cardiovascular groups in the country. Michele’s responsibilities include achieving the goals outlined in the business plan to create a destination site in the southeast and beyond for cardiac services. In 2009, Molden was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare for making a positive difference and for leading significant improvements in the healthcare industry and its ability to care for patients.
In addition, Molden led the development of Piedmont Healthcare’s first-ever Women’s Leadership Alliance and shares her knowledge of the industry as an adjunct assistant professor in the Executive Master of Health Administration program at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Michele was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Health and Learning, a partnership between Piedmont Healthcare and Mercer University which includes the Piedmont Nursing Scholars program, a new Ph.D. program in nursing, a new master’s level physicians assistant program and a master’s level family therapy program.
Prior to serving as CEO of PHI, Michele was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Piedmont Healthcare. In this role, Michele was responsible for philanthropy, human resources, information systems and materials management, as well as marketing and public relations, business development and outreach services, which included guiding the system in setting strategic direction and evaluating new business opportunities.
Prior to joining Piedmont Healthcare in December of 2002, Michele served as Senior Vice President for Outreach Services in Olympic Health Management, Bellingham, Washington, where she was responsible for outreach to insurers, providers and consumers. Before joining Olympic Health Management, Michele was Vice President of Planning and Marketing at Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, where she coordinated marketing and development activities, including a regional and local sales force.
Michele received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Miami University in Cincinnati, Ohio. From basic research, Michele developed marketing and product line management as a corporate focus for Meridian Diagnostics, a medical device manufacturer. Michele received her MBA from Kennesaw University in Kennesaw, Georgia.