April/May 2004

Harold E. Ray, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


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Harold E. Ray, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Catholic Health Initiatives, has received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and Modern Physician magazine. The award recognizes a physician whose career accomplishments demonstrate visionary leadership, measurable improvements in business performance and significant contribution to patient satisfaction and community service. “I’m especially pleased that Hal received this national recognition as he prepares for his retirement later this year,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “During his 30 years in private practice, as well as his seven years with Catholic Health Initiatives, Hal has been a tireless champion of quality health care. Catholic Health Initiatives received the 2001 National Quality Health Care Award as a result of Hal’s leadership.” Ray received the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26 at the 2004 ACPE Spring Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada. His career was featured in the April issue of Modern Physician magazine and the ACPE and Modern Physician Web sites, www.acpe.org and www.modernphysician.com. “Hal’s exemplary skill, high energy and consummate integrity have been integral to the superior health care, patient safety and clinical effectiveness we provide,” said Lofton. “I know that everyone in the Catholic Health Initiatives family joins me in congratulating him on this most deserved honor.”

Career Highlights: Harold E. Ray, MD
  • Attended medical school at the University of Kansas; served an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oregon.
  • In private practice from 1965 to 1995 in Sacramento, Calif; the Labor and Delivery Unit at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento is dedicated to him.
  • Served as chief of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Sutter Community Hospital and chief of staff for Sutter Hospitals.
  • Served as president of the local medical society in Sacramento; as a delegate to the California Medical Association; and as chair of the board of the Sacramento Physician Network; as chair of Omni Health Plan; and as a member of the Sutter Health board.
  • Became a senior physician consultant for the Pace Group of Dallas, Texas, in 1995.
  • Joined the senior management leadership team of Catholic Health Initiatives in 1997. His accomplishments with Catholic Health Initiatives include:
    • Creating an infrastructure of clinicians and quality experts to develop measurable quality parameters.
    • Providing leadership education for physicians and other clinicians.
    • Linking health care quality and safety to the financial performance of the organization.
    • Developing a physician practice management group to assist practices with financial viability and regulatory compliance.