David Rice, MD, promoted to Chief Medical Officer of Baptist Health
After 21 influential years serving the mission of Baptist Health, Chief Medical Officer Keith Stein, MD, recently announced his plans to retire.
May 5, 2020 | Jacksonville, FL
David Rice, MD, has been selected to serve as senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief quality officer of Baptist Health, responsible for oversight of clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement, across a network of more than 200 points of care. Dr. Rice has served as Baptist Health’s chief quality officer since 2015 and will continue in this role, in addition to serving as chief medical officer.
“David’s ability to bring interdisciplinary teams together to elevate clinical care makes him an outstanding selection for Baptist Health’s chief medical officer and chief quality officer,” said Elizabeth Ransom, MD, FACS, executive vice president and chief physician executive at Baptist Health. “In this role, he will continue to advance the quality and safety achievements of the organization, streamline physician infrastructure and oversee performance improvement across the system.”
Dr. Rice officially assumed the new role following the May 4, 2020 retirement of Keith Stein, MD, FCCM, FCCP, who has served as chief medical officer since 1999.
“Dr. Stein has made an incredible mark on Baptist Health. I’m honored to have the opportunity to build upon his legacy, always taking a patient-first approach to advancing the care we provide,” said Dr. Rice. “His leadership has made us who we are, not only as an organization known for providing the highest level of care, but also as people. Dr. Stein is highly regarded by physicians for his innovative, compassionate approach to leadership and medical practice.”
Dr. Rice has seen tremendous success as a leader in providing strategic direction to advance quality and safety initiatives across inpatient and outpatient settings. Under his leadership, all adult hospitals in the system attained Leapfrog Hospital Safety “A” grades and Wolfson Children’s Hospital was named as one of 10 Top Children’s Hospitals in the nation. The efforts he championed also increased Hospital Compare star ratings to “4 star” and “5 star” hospitals. Other notable health system recognitions include the “2017 100 Top Hospitals” and “2017 Everest Award” by Truven Health Analytics, “2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award” by Healthgrades and “Magnet Designation for Excellence in Patient Care.”
Recently, he led the implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways at Baptist Health. ERAS is an innovative, evidence-based approach to surgery that changes the long-established routines before, during and after surgery to help people recover faster and decrease their time in the hospital following surgery.
Dr. Rice joined Baptist Health in 2001 as a hospitalist for Baptist Primary Care, and has served in successive leadership roles including medical director of utilization management and the founding chief medical officer of Baptist Physician Partners (BPP), a clinically integrated network of more than 900 local providers.
Dr. Rice earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. He completed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he served as chief resident of Internal Medicine. Currently, he is pursuing his Executive Master in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University.
Involved in the community, Dr. Rice currently serves on the Florida State University College of Medicine Alumni Board and has previously served as president of the Board of Directors of We Care Jacksonville and board member of Quality & Patient Safety Committee for the Florida Hospital Association, Environmental Protection Board and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).