EDGEWOOD, Ky. — St. Elizabeth Healthcare has selected Heidi MurleyMD, as President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians, the multispecialty physician system organization with more than 750 providers across Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indianaand Southwestern Ohio.
A longtime leader in St. Elizabeth, Dr. Murley brings 25 years of experience in the region and aims to create a meaningful impact on community health by strengthening primary care networks, virtual health, and improving access and expansion of quality health facilities.
An esteemed general surgeon and breast health expert, Murley has managed a dual role of administrative and medical leadership since 2001. Throughout her tenure at St. Elizabeth, she has propelled the system through a number of positions, including including that of Assistant Vice President to the Physician and General Surgery Section. leader at St. Elizabeth Physicians, surgeon director of perioperative services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and medical director of the Ft. Thomas Center for Breast Health. She has also been recognized annually as a “Top Doctor” by Cincinnati magazine since 2011 and is a member of the board of the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.
“As someone who has lived and worked in the region for most of my professional career, I am honored to take on this new role at the helm of St. Elizabeth Physicians, giving me the opportunity to make an impact on the health of more than half a million people across Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indianaand Ohio“, Murley said. “Community health is essential and, as the group providing most primary care in the region, St. Elizabeth can improve the full continuum of health care, help address the social determinants of health who contribute to disparities and continue to lead the communities we serve to become the healthiest in America.
She will be one of the only women to lead a health care group in the big Cincinnati field among a small percentage of women nationally. A recent study found that in the spring of 2021, women made up about 15% of CEOs leading mid-sized healthcare systems and health insurance groups.
“I am so grateful to St. Elizabeth for this opportunity to have a significant positive impact, both on the health of our community and on the well-being of our associates, providers and physicians,” Murley said. “My passion is helping people, and in taking on this role, I recognize and welcome my responsibility to act as a mentor to others, helping our team grow and realize their passions and potential. “
She has three children and a stepson with her husband of 30 years.
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