St. Joseph Health System is pleased to welcome Rick D. Napper as Market President, effective November 2, 2015.
Napper will oversee the entire St. Joseph Health System, including five hospitals, two long term care facilities, more than 20 ambulatory clinics, and 100 employed providers. He joins St. Joseph most recently from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, TN, where he served as President of Memorial Hospital and Chief Operating Officer for the system.
In November 2014 St. Joseph became part of CHI, based in Englewood, CO, and including more than 100 hospitals in 18 states. CHI’s presence in Texas also includes the CHI St. Luke’s Health system in Houston and CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Health system based in Lufkin.
Napper brings more than 19 years of healthcare administration experience, with a focus on operational acumen and accomplishments in the areas of patient satisfaction, clinical, quality, and financial operations, new business development, and employee and physician relations.
Napper has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS; Chief Executive Officer for Norton Community Hospital in Norton, VA; and President and Chief Executive Officer for Crittenden Health Systems in Marion, KY. He also served as Assistant Director of Quality Improvement for Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY.
Napper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Park College in Parkville, MO, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. In addition, he graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam in Houston, TX as an LPN.