St. Joseph Health named Ricardo Diaz Chief Operating Officer in January, 2015.
Managing all acute care operations, Ricardo is responsible for operational supervision and support to improve efficiency and effectiveness in our hospitals. As COO, Ricardo leads all clinical and non-clinical support systems to achieve excellence in patient satisfaction, team member engagement, physician engagement, financial, quality and patient safety targets.
In addition to his role as COO, Ricardo maintains oversight of Nursing, Human Resources, Plant Operations, Construction Management, Property Leasing, Environmental Services, Laundry, Dietary, Nursing Home Plant Management, Imaging, Laboratory, Cancer Center, Pharmacy Emergency Medical Services, Cardiopulmonary, Rehabilitation Services, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Athletic Trainer Program, Oncology Service Line, Cardiovascular Service Line, Orthopedic Service Line and Neurosciences Service Line.
He also shares oversight of multiple non-nursing support and clinical service departments within St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, including Lab, Imaging, Emergency Medical Services, Security, Plant Operations, Clinical Engineering, Maintenance and Construction and Environmental Services.
Prior to joining St. Joseph Health in 2012, Ricardo served as Chief Operating Officer for Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida and Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, Florida. He also served as Chief Executive Officer for Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center in Live Oak, Florida.
Ricardo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Science and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently a member of the Health for All Board as well as Texas A&M Biomedical Science Board.