Home health and hospice care company Amedisys has hired a new chief compliance officer, one month after announcing that its former chief compliance officer would be taking one year of paid leave.

David Pearce will join Amedisys as chief compliance officer, effective July 5. In his new role, Pearce will manage and oversee the ethics and compliance programs, in which 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 chief counsel for Kindred’s 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.

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, and 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.

In May, Amedisys said in a securities filing that Jeffrey Jeter, the company’s former chief compliance officer, would take one year of paid leave under a new employment agreement between the company and Jeter.