University of Missouri Announces Ric Ransom as CEO of MU Health Care

Ric Ransom

Feb. 15, 2023

On Wednesday, University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced the appointment of Ric Ransom as CEO of MU Health Care. Most recently, Ransom served as president for University of Wisconsin Hospitals in the Madison Region, where he started as vice president in December 2018. His appointment is effective May 1.  

“I am excited to join the team at MU Health Care,” Ransom said. “The health system is on a strong growth trajectory, and I look forward to maintaining this momentum as we prepare to open a new Children’s Hospital and continue saving and improving lives across the state.” 

Prior to his work at Wisconsin, Ransom spent nearly two decades working in various health care leadership roles, including as the Chief Operating Officer at Greenville Memorial Hospital, part of the largest integrated medical system in South Carolina with more than 14,000 employees. Ransom also has held positions with health systems in Memphis, Atlanta, Boston and Dallas.

“We are excited to have Ric lead our MU Health Care team as we continue to achieve excellence in clinical care,” Choi said. “I look forward to working with him and the entire team at MU Health Care to achieve our important mission of saving and improving lives of Missourians.”

At the University of Wisconsin, Ransom was responsible for providing overall direction for University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and UW Health at The American Center. He also worked in close collaboration with leaders at UnityPoint Health-Meriter in continuing implementation of the joint operating agreement between the two organizations.

Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Morehouse College, he received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned master’s degrees in both business administration and science in health administration from the University of Alabama.

“The strength of MU Health Care is vital to the strength of our entire university system,” said Michael Williams, University of Missouri Board of Curators chair. “I look forward to its continued success under Ric’s leadership.”

“I am thrilled with the leadership team we have in place and where we’re headed as an integrated academic health system,” said Richard J. Barohn, executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Missouri/Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson dean of the MU School of Medicine. “I am confident Ric will help us move the system forward as we continue to grow.”

Ransom replaces Nim Chinniah, who has served as interim CEO since July 2022 and will return to his role as vice chancellor for health affairs. Ransom will report to Chinniah, who reports to Barohn.  

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