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Published on January 22, 2016

MU Health Care Names New Chief Operating Officer

Curtright will be responsible for day-to-day operations of hospitals and clinics

Jonathan W. Curtright has been named chief operating officer of University of Missouri Health Care, effective Feb. 22, 2016.

As chief operating officer, Curtright will be responsible for all acute and ambulatory care operations of MU Health Care, as well as professional and support services. His job duties include achieving short- and long-term clinical, operational, financial, growth and human performance goals of MU Health Care.

An MU alumnus, Curtright comes to Columbia from Indiana University Health, where he has served as chief operating officer since 2013. His previous experience includes positions as chief operations officer for ambulatory services at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. From 1996-2008, Curtright served as an administrator of various departments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Jonathan Curtright

Jonathan W. Curtright

“Jonathan Curtright has impressive experience in senior leadership roles at major academic health centers,” said Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “He will be working with internal and external stakeholders of our health system to promote an integrated approach to providing services and meet our mission of advancing the health of all Missourians.” Curtright holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance and has master’s degrees in health administration as well as business administration, all from the University of Missouri.

As chief operating officer at Indiana University Health, Curtright served as chair of the team that is currently consolidating a large community hospital, Methodist Hospital, with a large academic health center, University Hospital, into a single site with 850 beds and 6,000 full-time employees. He also led the consolidation of the two hospitals’ emergency departments, and he made substantial improvements in the financial performance of the two hospitals. In addition, he developed a standard approach for managing the operations of a complex academic health center.

At UK HealthCare in Lexington, Curtright managed more than 40 outpatient practices with annual patient volumes of 940,000. Among the various department administration positions he held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Curtright managed cardiovascular services — including 160 physicians and 700 full-time employees — from 2002-2008.

“My wife, Lori, who is an alumna of MU, and I, along with our four children, are delighted to be coming home to mid-Missouri,” Curtright said. “University of Missouri Health Care continues to lead in the delivery of cutting-edge clinical care, research and education for Missourians. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve MU and our greater community through this leadership position.”

Curtright succeeds Mitch Wasden, who has served as both chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care since January 2013. Wasden, who continues as CEO, came to MU Health Care as chief operating officer in June 2012 from Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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