CHESS announces Yates Lennon, MD, MMM, as new President

Yates Lennon, MD, MMM, President of CHESS Health Solutions

Lennon has been serving as the interim president since June 2019

The CHESS Health Solutions (Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions, LLC) board of managers is pleased to announce that it has named Yates Lennon, MD, MMM as its new president effective January 1, 2021. Dr. Lennon was appointed to the role of interim president in June 2019.

Announcing the appointment, CHESS Board Chair Russ Howerton, MD, said “Dr. Lennon has been an inspiring and tireless leader for CHESS over the last 18 months and navigated a particularly challenging time in health care. I know he has the expertise and experience necessary to guide CHESS moving forward. The Board and I are delighted to appoint Yates as the president of CHESS.”

Dr. Lennon practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 21 years prior to becoming the chief quality officer for Cornerstone Healthcare in 2015. He joined CHESS as chief transformation officer in May 2018. Since his appointment to interim president, Lennon has been serving in both roles. His expertise in quality, practice transformation and physician engagement have been crucial in teaching health systems and providers how to transform patient care and shift to a value-based care reimbursement model.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity. CHESS is a truly unique and talented organization and I look forward to continuing to work side by side with this innovative team,” noted Dr. Lennon. “I could not be more excited about driving the CHESS mission of empowering providers to make the transition to value-based medicine which will ultimately mean better care for their patients.”

Dr. Lennon holds a bachelor of science degree in Pre-Medical Studies from Davidson College (‘85), a medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (’89) and master of medical management degree from Carnegie Mellon University (’17). He is a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Lennon has served on the American Medical Group Association Leadership Council and currently serves on the Quality Committee of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations.