Vanderbilt University Health System names Middleton informatics chief
Vanderbilt University Health System has named Dr. Blackford Middleton  as assistant vice chancellor for health affairs and chief informatics officer for health systems.
Middleton, most recently corporate director of clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare in Boston, succeeds Dr. John Doulis.
Middleton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his M.D. from SUNY-Buffalo. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center.
Middleton received his MPH from the Yale School of Public Health and his M.Sc. in health services research with emphasis in clinical informatics from Stanford University.
His early career included roles as medical director of information management and technology at Stanford University Hospital and as senior vice president for clinical informatics and chief medical officer for MedicaLogic, a provider of commercial electronic medical record software.
In 2001, Middleton joined the Harvard faculty in the division of general internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also led the Center for Information Technology Leadership.
In 2008, Middleton was appointed to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. He has served as the chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is currently chair-elect of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Middleton is principal investigator of the Clinical Decision Support Consortium. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the consortium includes academic medical centers, health systems, health care IT software vendors, publishers and consulting firms seeking to assess, define, demonstrate, and evaluate best practices for knowledge management and clinical decision support across multiple ambulatory care settings and electronic health record technology platforms.
Legends Bank adds Wilson as senior VP
Legends Bank has recruited veteran Williamson County lender Mary Bennie Wilson  to its Maryland Farms office.
Wilson, whose title is senior vice president and commercial lender, has almost four decades of financial services experience that includes construction lending, special assets, small business lending and secondary market management. Before joining Clarksville-based Legends, she held senior positions at, among others, the former Bank of Brentwood, Renasant Bank and, most recently, Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Bennie to the Brentwood office,” said Market President Rick Archer. “She has a thorough understanding of the lending process and the importance of the partnerships Legends Bank is actively engaged in. We’re happy to have her.”
Legends also has hired a mortgage originator for its Green Hills office, which opened in December.
Chip Briggs  has more than eight years of experience in the mortgage lending industry and will originate loans for customers in Davidson and Montgomery counties. Previously, he worked at Regions Bank and First Federal Savings, among others.