[caption id="attachment_85412" align="alignright" width="162"] Richard Carvolth[/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- St. Joseph Health on Monday said it named Richard Carvolth, M.D., as its chief medical officer for Sonoma County operations, which include two hospitals and a number of clinics and other care facilities.

Dr. Carvolth replaces John Morrison, M.D., who had filled the role for the past year after Gary Greensweig, DO, left to join Dignity Health.

A 26-year resident of Santa Rosa, Dr. Carvolth has worked for 31 years as an emergency physician at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and since 1997 as an executive leader in the Bay Area and beyond in hospital-based physician services.

Dr. Carvolth’s leadership with St. Joseph Health spans its two acute-care hospitals in Sonoma County -- Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals – as well as a broad range of non-hospital based services ranging from primary and urgent care to palliative and hospice care.

In addition to his expertise in clinical care, Dr. Carvolth has brought business acumen to his new position, including his track record of facilitating physician partnerships and integration of care.

His specialization in emergency care has enabled Dr. Carvolth to foster relationships with a broad range of physicians, nurses, clinical and nonclinical employees, positioning him to help further empower physicians as key leaders in sustaining St. Joseph Health’s mission to provide essential health care services to residents and visitors throughout the North Coast.

St. Joseph operates the county’s largest hospital -- 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial. It also treats the region’s most critically ill and injured patients as the designated Level 2 trauma center for an area stretching beyond five counties.

As an executive overseeing hospital-based physician services for the past 17 years, Dr. Carvolth has overseen operations and hospital--physician partnerships during phases of significant growth, recruitment and innovation.

His scope of influence has included serving as chief executive of the $160 million West Coast division of a nationwide health care provider, TeamHealth, serving 61 hospitals in seven states.

More recently, Dr. Carvolth worked with Stanford University Healthcare Association as senior medical director of its Affinity Medical Division, providing consultation and strategic direction in developing a primary care network for Stanford Health System. He holds a master’s degree in medical management from the Heinz School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, trained in general surgery at UCSF, and earned his doctor of medicine degree at Cornell University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"Our continued success depends on providing quality care, patient safety and satisfaction, and efficiency," said Todd Salnas, president of St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County. "Dr. Carvolth has demonstrated his ability to empower physicians and fellow health professionals in delivering on these high standards."