Ralph Rios Named Assistant Vice President at South Miami Hospital

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He will guide the areas he now oversees with his calm demeanor and leadership skills.

Ralph Rios has been promoted to assistant vice president at South Miami Hospital, CEO Wayne Brackin announced. In his new role, Mr. Rios will oversee guest relations, respiratory and pulmonary services and physician contracts.

"Ralph has won the respect of many through his hard work," Mr. Brackin said. "He will guide the areas he now oversees with his calm demeanor and leadership skills."

Most recently, Mr. Rios worked as the hospital's administrative projects director, negotiating contracts with physicians and analyzing data to meet the hospital's strategic goals.

Mr. Rios began his 11-year career at South Miami Hospital as a physical therapist. He earned his master's degree in health services administration from Florida International University while serving as the hospital's administrative resident in 2000. He has been instrumental in the planning and development of key services for the hospital, including establishing a hospitalist program and overseeing physician orientation. He also helped the hospital prepare for its survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 2003.

"The experience I have gained throughout my career here has prepared me for this next step," Mr. Rios said. "I look forward to continuing to work with the doctors, as well as other administrators and staff, to consistently raise the bar for the care our patients receive."

Mr. Rios, a Kendall resident, has been an adjunct professor in the health services administration program at Florida International University since 2001. He serves on the Board of Directors of South Miami Children's Clinic, a free health clinic for uninsured children who live in South Miami that will open in early 2007. He also heads South Miami Hospital's annual fundraising drive for the United Way. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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