David B. Pearce has joined Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer.

In his new role, Pearce will apply his expertise to manage and oversee the ethics and compliance programs at Amedisys. He will be responsible for developing and supervising policies, procedures and practices designed to promote ethical behavior and compliance with federal and state healthcare laws and regulations. He will also identify and assess any compliance vulnerability and risk within the organization.

Most recently, Pearce served as Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for Kindred’s (KND) at Home division, a $2.5 billion home health, hospice and community care services business with approximately 700 locations and 42,000 employees nationwide.

Previously, Pearce was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Extendicare Health Services, Inc. He has also performed in general counsel, compliance, and legal roles for organizations such as Vencor (the predecessor to Kindred), law firm Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney in Lexington, Kentucky, and Atlanta, Georgia-based law firm Arnall Golden and Gregory. He began his legal career as a Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Navy, where he also served as general counsel for two high-ranking officers.

Pearce received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky and earned his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University.