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Prichard Named President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians

Robert Prichard, M.D. has accepted the position of President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians. He has been serving in the interim role since July 2015. In addition to President and CEO, Dr. Prichard will also serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Integration Officer.

In his dual capacity, Dr. Prichard will oversee the day-to-day strategic direction, operations, physician relations and alignment, and financial activities of St. Elizabeth Physicians, while also helping St. Elizabeth Chief Operating Officer Gary Blank lead hospital clinical operations and activities.

Throughout his tenure at St. Elizabeth, Dr. Prichard has contributed to countless initiatives and projects that have positively impacted the organization and the patient experience. As Chief Medical Officer, he directed St. Elizabeth on the path of outstanding quality and safety resulting in St. Elizabeth being a top 50 and top 100 hospital, earning all A’s in the Leapfrog hospital safety scores, and receiving Top Performer recognition from the Joint Commission.

“The development and growth of St. Elizabeth Physicians has been, and will continue to be, integral to St. Elizabeth’s ability to deliver high-quality patient care,” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth President and Chief Executive Officer. “Bob is one of the most highly regarded and well respected physician leaders I’ve encountered in my career. Together, we will focus on the quality of care and the overall patient experience, and embrace innovations in how we deliver care to the community.”

Dr. Prichard received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He came to St. Elizabeth to study family medicine and completed his residency training in 1988. He practiced in Northern Kentucky until 1999 when he joined the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati as Senior Executive Officer and President of Alliance Primary Care. He returned to St. Elizabeth in 2005 to serve as CEO and President of Summit Medical Group. He subsequently served in the roles of Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Integration Officer at St. Elizabeth. He also served on several community boards including the Board of Education of Beechwood Independent Schools, the Northern Kentucky Education Council, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Alumni Association.

“I have been fortunate to work with such a talented and hard-working group of physicians and associates during my tenure at St. Elizabeth,” said Dr. Prichard. “I intend to help lead the mission and vision of St. Elizabeth and ensure that we are all dedicated to taking care of every single patient and family that walks through our doors.”

Dr. Prichard assumes his new role immediately.

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