Deployed Wellmont Executive Assisting Naval Intelligence Operations in Afghanistan

For three years, Kent Petty has used his spirit to serve to help develop Wellmont Health System's electronic medical records initiatives and implement other essential information systems programs to benefit patients.

A Wellmont vice president and chief information officer, Petty is now taking that dedication to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he will command the Joint Intelligence Operation Center.

Petty is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is being deployed to that country to assist a team of intelligence analysts in transforming raw data into vitally important military intelligence. The assignment calls for Petty to serve in Afghanistan for a year, taking him away from his day-to-day duties in Wellmont's information systems department.

"Wellmont has been very supportive, and I feel truly blessed to have such an accommodating employer," Petty said. "The culture of Wellmont is very similar to the Navy. Whether it is taking care of a patient or defending a country, everyone understands the sacrifice and the spirit to serve."

Petty has served in the Navy Reserve for nearly 30 years, being deployed for seven of them. He was deployed as part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Iraq war and as part of Operation Enduring Freedom following the 9/11 attacks. His reserve unit also assisted with Operation United Response, which provided relief in Haiti following a 2010 earthquake.

"Kent's dedication to his country and his commitment to the Navy are extraordinary and inspiring," said Tracey Moffatt, Wellmont's chief operating officer. "It is Wellmont's privilege and honor to support him as he works to make the world a safer place."

Recognizing the vital and advancing role information technology plays in health care, Wellmont recently welcomed William Showalter to its executive leadership team. As senior vice president of information technology, Showalter will have extensive leadership responsibility in a variety of areas. And as part of his position, Showalter will oversee the department of information technology and perform the duties of chief information officer during Petty's absence.

Showalter is a seasoned healthcare executive with extensive experience in healthcare information technology. He most recently worked as a consultant with Aspen Advisors. Earlier, he served as vice president and chief information officer for Mercy Health System in St. Louis.

He has held similar positions at a variety of healthcare institutions in the Eastern United States for the last 20 years.

Showalter holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

"Will is a highly experienced executive who will ensure that Wellmont's information technology department continues to excel," Moffatt said. "We're happy to have such an accomplished professional as a member of our leadership team as we implement technology that will enhance the patient experience."