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May 2016

Rick Stevens to join BJC HealthCare as President of Christian Hospital

Rick Stevens will join BJC HealthCare as the new president of Christian Hospital, effective June 27. He comes to Christian Hospital from Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. 

As president of Christian Hospital, Stevens will be responsible for continuing to position Christian Hospital as a provider of critical health care services in north St. Louis County. Ron McMullen, current president of Christian Hospital, will retire this summer following a long and successful tenure with BJC HealthCare. 

“We are very pleased to have been able to recruit Rick from San Francisco to serve as the next president of Christian Hospital,” says Lee Fetter, BJC group president. “Rick’s proven leadership track record in health care, combined with his passion and commitment to serving patients and communities, will be true assets to our North County community and BJC HealthCare.”

Stevens will join BJC from St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, where he has served for the past four years as chief administrative officer and vice president. St. Luke’s Hospital is a member of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, which includes four academic and community hospitals. In his role, Stevens provides strategic leadership and directs daily operations for the 215-bed hospital, 22-provider primary care physician practice, as well as the specialty practice in the San Francisco Bay area. Stevens also leads medical staff relations and quality initiatives at St. Luke’s, and oversees ancillary and support services for all four CPMC hospital campuses.
 
“I am honored to join BJC HealthCare, as BJC has a long history and commitment of providing great health care services to the people of St. Louis and North County,” says Stevens. “This was noted by the Joint Commission naming Christian Hospital a ‘Top Performer’ on key quality metrics, a distinction earned by only one-third of accredited hospitals in the nation. I look forward to working with the community, and growing and building upon the extraordinary clinical care already established, to continue making Christian Hospital a leader in all aspects of health care services in North County.”

Stevens has more than 20 years of health care experience, having served in executive roles at Methodist McKinney Hospital in McKinney, Texas; Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare in Louisville, Ky.; and University Medical Center, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He holds a master’s degree in public health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. Stevens has received a number of awards throughout his health care career, including the 2006 Louisville YMCA Black Achievers Award, Modern Healthcare’s “2005 Up and Comers Award,” and the National Association of Health Services Executives’ “2002 Young Healthcare Executive” award.
          
Stevens believes in the power of volunteerism and looks forward to becoming actively involved in North County. He has served in leadership roles and held board positions with the American Cancer Society, San Francisco Salvation Army, and Private Essential Access Community Hospitals, as well as a number of other community organizations. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 
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