Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital Hires New Chief Executive Officer

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After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital (SFSH) in Sioux Falls, S.D., has hired Richard Blake Curd, M.D., as chief executive officer. An orthopedic hand specialist with over 20 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Curd will assume his new duties full-time on March 1, 2015.

Dr. Richard Blake Curd, CEO Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital
Blake is a visionary and strategic leader with extensive healthcare experience and a strong commitment to delivering high-quality patient care. Under Blake’s leadership the hospital is positioned to remain the region’s top medical facility.

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital (SFSH) in Sioux Falls, S.D., has hired Richard Blake Curd, M.D., as chief executive officer. An orthopedic hand specialist with over 20 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Curd will assume his new duties full-time on March 1, 2015.

“Blake is a visionary and strategic leader with extensive healthcare experience and a strong commitment to delivering high-quality patient care,” said Dr. Peter Looby, chairman of the Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital Management Committee. “Under Blake’s leadership the hospital is positioned to remain the region’s top medical facility.”

Dr. Curd is a partner with Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D, and is a senator for the state of South Dakota. He currently serves as president of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA), chairman of the board for the Surgical Management Professionals and is a board member of Medical Facilities Corporation.

“Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital was seeking a dynamic healthcare executive with a proven track record of managing physician-led institutions and a dedicated focus on building collaborative relationships with physicians,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. “Blake’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”

Dr. Curd earned a combined baccalaureate/medical degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand Center, residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center and internship at David Grant United States Air Force Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and completed the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is a member of AAOS, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA), Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

About Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital:
Physician-owned Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital provides innovative and personalized care for patients at each of its three specialty centers: Surgery, Pain Management and Imaging. Primary Care, Digestive Health and Occupational Health are also provided through partnerships with Midwest Family Care and WorkFORCE. For more information about Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, visit http://www.sfsh.com.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and the top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Advisory Services. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today’s complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit BESmith.com or call 855-254-8261.

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