Ken Buchanan Named Wellmont’s Executive Director of Internal Audit

Ken BuchananKINGSPORT - Ken Buchanan, a leader with broad experience in financial matters, has been named executive director of internal audit for Wellmont Health System.

This division audits financial data, information technology, compliance, performance and procedures. It also provides Wellmont's management and board of directors with independent and objective assurance and consulting services so the organization's operations can improve.

"This is an important position to ensure resources entrusted to our health system are used appropriately and wisely," said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont's president and CEO. "We are fortunate to have Ken's wisdom and talent to lead our internal audit division and are confident his analysis will produce enhanced results. He is an excellent addition to Wellmont's administrative team."

Prior to joining Wellmont, Buchanan served as vice president for business and financial affairs at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. He also served as an internal auditor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; chief executive officer of Financial Partners Credit Union in Morganton, N.C.; and controller of The McDowell Hospital in Marion, N.C.

Buchanan has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

"I appreciate the opportunity to assist an organization that is committed to excellence in all areas," Buchanan said. "Wellmont has always been a highly respected healthcare system, but it is our responsibility to continue looking for ways to enhance the quality of our operations. I am pleased to work with our high-caliber leadership and co-workers who are focused on making that happen."