Vidant Health names Dr. Christina Bowen first chief well-being officer

Published 11:33 pm Friday, March 18, 2022

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Vidant Health has announced that Christina Bowen, MD, ABOIM, DipACLM, has been named Vidant’s first chief well-being officer.

A Vidant press release stated Bowen “will champion well-being efforts through the lens of team member and provider engagement and equity.”

“I am excited about this new role and our commitment to our team’s well-being,” said Dr. Julie Oehlert, Vidant Health chief experience officer. “There is nothing more valuable and contributory to our health care outcomes than the wonderful humans that show up every day to deliver health care and caring to the communities we serve.”

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As chief well-being officer, Bowen is responsible for collaborating with the entire organization to develop, guide and implement team member and provider well-being and resilience initiatives founded on evidence-based best practices and organizational data, stated the release. “She also collaborates with Vidant’s wellness teams to introduce and support new programs that positively influence the population health of the communities in which we proudly serve,” the release continued.

“I am proud to be a part of a health care organization that recognizes the importance of the overall team member experience and is committed to optimizing well-being and resilience efforts,” said Bowen. “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my passion of integrated medicine while also positively influencing the communities that I love. This is a way for Vidant to come alongside everyone who has provided amazing care to our patients, especially during the pandemic, and make sure our team members are taken care of and their wellness is in the forefront.”

In addition to serving as chief well-being officer, Bowen is an integrative medicine physician with Vidant Medical Group and the medical director of The Center for Healthy Living at The Outer Banks Hospital. Her previous roles at Vidant include medical director of the Office of Experience and medical director of Integrative Oncology. Bowen is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, lifestyle medicine and integrative medicine. She has received numerous honors and awards, including The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health’s North Carolina’s Community Star in 2020.

“The creation of this role brings continued focus to our intention of belonging,” said Mark Dunn, chief diversity, inclusion and talent management officer at Vidant Health. “It is important to be our authentic selves at work and in the communities we live in and serve. Our collective well-being is important not only to our patients, but to our families. This role will help us provide support and development in an area that is needed now more than ever.”

A native of eastern North Carolina, Bowen graduated from East Carolina University in 2003 with a doctorate in medicine. In 2004, she completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in 2008. In 2016, she completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil.