CEO Judy Rich: Passionate About Tucson Medical Center's Patient Population
Ms. Rich started her career in healthcare as a staff nurse, and climbed up the ladder to become an administrator. Eventually, Ms. Rich joined TMC in 2003 as COO. She served as COO until 2005, when she became a consultant with The Bard Group in Boston, where she stayed until 2007 when she rejoined TMC as president and CEO.
Ms. Rich has always been passionate about the patients she serves, and TMC has programs that reflect that passion. For example, the hospital has on-site Spanish interpreters to better serve the hospital's Spanish-speaking patients. "We have a lot of respect and consideration for what our own population's needs are," she told Becker's Hospital Review last year. Due in part to that respect for patients, Ms. Rich helped create Arizona Connected Care, an accountable care organization that is one of the original members of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Ms. Rich has earned state and national recognition for her contributions to healthcare. In 2012, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association gave her its HOPE (Honoring Our Professionals for Excellence) Healthcare Leader Award. Also in 2012, Becker's Hospital Review named her to its list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.
Outside of healthcare, Ms. Rich served as the United Way chair in 2011 and has been on the board of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, the Volunteer Hospitals of America and EMERGE, a center for domestic violence. She has also served on the board of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
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