Leadership

Rick Hinds

Interim President & Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Rick Hinds is currently the Interim President and CEO for UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic health system.

Rick has been with UC Health and its predecessor companies for 27 years, and has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer since 2008. In this role, he has executive responsibility for the overall financial leadership of the system, including revenue cycle, payer contracting, information technology, facilities, supply chain and business planning.

Rick’s career includes more than three and a half decades of healthcare experience, both in hospital organizations and private insurance. Importantly, he was part of a core team that established UC Health’s corporate organization and governance structure.

A lifelong Cincinnati resident, Rick received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting from the University of Cincinnati and became a certified public accountant. In 2011, Rick was named CFO of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier in recognition of his leadership during the transition from the Health Alliance to UC Health, and his overall contribution to healthcare in Cincinnati.  In 2021, Rick was named a CFO of the Year finalist by the Cincinnati Business Courier in recognition of his leadership and guidance during the COVID pandemic.

Active in the community, over the years he has been a member of a number of organizations, including, but not limited to: United Way, University of Cincinnati Business Honors Program Mentor, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (board member), Children’s Law Center of Northern Kentucky, YMCA, Hamilton Rotary, Ohio Society of CPAs, Lindner Center of HOPE Board and Finance Committee, Greater Cincinnati Hospital Council and the Ohio Hospital Association’s Finance Committee, where he currently serves as its incoming Chairperson.  Rick has presented at a number of meetings and for organizations seeking to learn more about healthcare and healthcare finance.

 

Robert J. Wiehe

Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for Hospital Operations

Robert J. Wiehe serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for hospital operations at UC Health. Mr. Wiehe joined UC Health in March 2015 leading all supply chain and pharmacy operations across the system. In September 2020, Mr. Wiehe became the Chief Administrative Officer at UC Medical Center in addition to his other operations responsibilities. In March 2021, he assumed responsibility for all UC Health hospital operations.

Mr. Wiehe received his undergraduate degree in manufacturing engineering from Miami University and his master’s in business administration from The University of Cincinnati.

Being certified in change management and as a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt, he advanced his career through various leadership positions in the consumer goods industry, primarily focused on operations and supply chain management.

In addition, Mr. Wiehe has managed global supply chains and numerous manufacturing facilities, serving as a supplier to companies such as Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart. He has also served on national boards of directors for different industry organizations and previously served as an adjunct professor at Miami University, teaching operations and supply chain management.

During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer role at UC Medical Center, Mr. Wiehe helped achieve an additional star ranking from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with great support from his leadership teams and employees throughout the system, who continuously drive UC Health on its journey to become a 5-Star Health System.

 

Stewart W. Wright, MD

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Stewart W. Wright, MD, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UC Health, in addition to his long-standing roles as an emergency medicine physician, associate chief medical officer, and capacity management leader.

Dr. Wright oversees clinical performance in terms of quality, safety, clinical outcomes and overall proficiency — advocating for patients and an environment that advances healing and reduces suffering. His responsibilities include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care and ambulatory services.

Dr. Wright is also the lead doctor for Ohio’s COVID-19 Zone 3, UC Health’s COVID-19 Core Team Commander and a professor at the UC College of Medicine. For the past 30 years, he has been a practicing and attending physician for the UC Department of Emergency Medicine.

As an advocate for local and global health, Dr. Wright is a board member of the Village Life Outreach Project, supporting medical groups that promote healthcare and well-being for communities in East Africa.

Dr. Wright completed his residency at the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, where he served as chief resident. He is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri — and received his master’s degree in medical education from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Chad Zender, MD, FACS

Senior Vice President & Chief of Physician Practices

Chad A. Zender, MD, FACS, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Physician Practices. In this role, Dr. Zender works closely with clinical department chairs and other leaders to align and drive the overall strategic direction and performance of physician practices in an environment dedicated to exceptional clinical care, educating future generations of physicians and the advancing medical research.

In addition, Dr. Zender leads the overall management of UC Health’s ambulatory sites and is a practicing physician, a professor and program director for the Head and Neck Surgery Department within the Otolaryngology division at the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Zender also serves as the Center of Excellence Co-Leader for Head and Neck Cancer at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center.

Dr. Zender completed his medical training at the Wright State University School of Medicine, residency at Loyola University Medical Center and fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds board certification with the American Board of Otolaryngology and maintains clinical expertise within the following fields of medicine: cancer, oncology, head and neck cancer, head and neck surgery, reconstructive surgery, robotic surgery, thyroid disorders, otolaryngology, ear, nose and throat, plastic surgery, transoral laser surgery and advanced skin cancer.

His clinical research interests involve national and international clinical trials utilizing the non-surgical treatment of HPV-related head and neck cancer, targeted therapies such as adjuvant therapy after surgery and identifying diagnostic biomarkers for the early identification of cancerous and precancerous lesions in the head and neck. To date, Dr. Zender has contributed to nearly 100 medical publications.

 

Jimmy Duncan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Jimmy Duncan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is senior vice president and chief human resources officer, and a member of the UC Health Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he oversees workforce management, talent development, benefits/compensation, health & wellness and employee engagement for the organization.

Prior to joining UC Health in November 2020, Duncan most recently served as senior vice president/chief people officer for Arkansas Children’s Inc., the state’s largest pediatric health system. His prior healthcare experience includes executive leadership roles at WellStar Health System, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Banner Health Corporation.

Duncan also brings a diverse business background, having led human resources functions in industries such as energy, manufacturing and mining. Additionally, he held an adjunct faculty position in the School of Business for Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina, for 15 years.

Duncan’s vision for UC Health is to deliver an inclusive culture where each team member feels valued, committed to excellence, and is fully prepared to provide exceptional care and a great experience for patients, their families and our community. Solidifying UC Health as the place where the best and brightest people want to work and where our friends and neighbors near and far choose to receive their care.

Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Southern Wesleyan University. He is also dually certified as a senior human resources professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP) and HR Certification Institute (SPHR).

 

Katrina M. English

Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel

Katrina English joined UC Health in May 2019 as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal

Officer, bringing more than two decades of healthcare law experience to Greater Cincinnati’s academic health system.

In her career, English has had legal responsibility and oversight for inpatient hospitals, outpatient facilities, freestanding emergency rooms, integrated health systems, surgery centers, cancer centers, clinical integrated networks, physician practices and more. Her commitment to a patient-first mindset coupled with her healthcare-specific legal experience make her a valuable member to UC Health’s legal team and executive leadership team.

Before joining UC Health, English served as vice president/senior deputy general counsel and interim general counsel for Dayton, Ohio-based CareSource, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans.

For nearly a decade, English represented the Mercy Health System (now Bon Secours Mercy Health), serving five years as system vice president and network general counsel for Mercy Health North, which includes the Toledo, Lima and Lorain markets. She was a member of the executive leadership team responsible for managing more than 20 attorneys and 50 employees reporting up through the legal structure. Before this, she served as vice president and general counsel for Community Mercy Health Partners in Springfield, Ohio.

English holds a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Kent State University. She is a member, author and presenter for the American Health Lawyers Association and an adjunct professor of Health Law & Policy and Health Law & Ethics for Mercy College of Ohio.

 

Kristen Wevers

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Kristen H. Wevers joined UC Health in June 2016 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, a position created to serve on the executive leadership team and to distinguish UC Health as the preferred academic health system in the Midwest.

Wevers was recruited by The Procter & Gamble Company upon graduation from college and served for 17 years in leadership roles including global media relations, internal communications and consumer relations, and in positions across the United States in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer marketing & sales. She served as company spokesperson for Procter & Gamble’s North American Marketing and Sales functions.

Most recently, Wevers served six years at Mercy Health as the Chief Brand, Marketing & Communications officer where she unified seven individual local health systems and ancillary services across Ohio and Kentucky under a singular brand by aligning the CEO, executives and physicians under one brand: one name, mission, values, promise and experience as an integrated delivery system.

Prior to joining Mercy Health, Wevers spent six years as Officer and Vice President for Messer Construction Co. During her tenure with Messer, Wevers was responsible for service line business strategy and market growth, corporate brand, sales/business development, customer and community relations strategy, and corporate reputation management.

Wevers earned her Master’s degree from Xavier University and her Bachelor’s degree from Denison University. She completed strategic marketing coursework at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, as well as numerous advanced leadership training courses.

 

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