Richard Ballard is the Hospital Administrator/CEO for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UMHC—University of Miami Hospital & Clinics where he is responsible for the facilities’ daily clinical operations, including management of all administrative, fiscal, and personnel resources.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, Richard was Associate Operating Officer for Women’s and Children’s Services at Duke University. In this role, he was responsible for the programmatic and fiscal operations of the 192-bed Children’s Hospital and the 70-bed Women’s Services.
Throughout his 30-year career, Richard has held positions in business development, strategic planning, and performance improvement. He has an extensive record of working collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and staff to improve the quality of patient care and satisfaction as well as physician and staff satisfaction. He is described as a servant leader known for enabling hospitals to become the destination where patients want to receive care, and where physicians and staff want to work.
Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Providence College and a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has won several professional awards and is often a speaker at national healthcare forums. Richard also is involved in his community, and has served on numerous boards including the National Board of Advisors, Duke Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Raleigh.