Monica Wharton is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. In this role, she oversees human resources, information technology, corporate risk, compliance and legal services.
Monica is a member of the 10-person System Leadership Team that guides the strategic direction for the not-for-profit comprehensive healthcare system.
She previously served as Senior Vice President/Chief Legal Officer between 2017 and May 2020 — overseeing the legal, compliance and risk management functions.
Monica’s senior leadership responsibilities include ensuring that the system consistently delivers safe, high quality care, an outstanding patient experience and the financial stability necessary to fulfill its faith-based mission. Monica also plays an important role in nurturing a high performance “Power of One” culture across more than 100 sites of care — from primary care practices to highly specialized teaching hospitals.
Prior to joining Methodist, Monica was Senior Vice President/Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Regional One Health. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and later handled matters in the areas of healthcare, employment and contracts practicing at law firms in Raleigh, North Carolina and Memphis.
Monica earned her Juris Doctor from the William and Mary School of Law and has a BA in English from Hampton University.
A member of the Leadership Memphis class of 2014, Monica is active in community and professional organizations, serving as board chair for the American Heart Association. She is past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Executive Council. She also serves on the boards of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis, the University of Memphis Foundation, the Community Foundation of Memphis and Facing History and Ourselves.