Metzger Joins Providence Hospital as VP of Surgical Services and Operations

November 28, 2016 9:56 am Published by

rickmetzgerProvidence Hospital has named Rick Metzger as its new vice president of Surgical Services and Operations, effective Dec. 1.

Providence Hospital is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Metzger will oversee all perioperative services, anesthesia, perfusion, laboratory, pathology, pulmonary and respiratory therapy. He will also be responsible for various operational departments including plant operations, security/PBX, environmental services, food and nutrition, clinical engineering, wound care and volunteer services.

“We are happy to welcome Rick to Providence,” President Todd Kennedy said. “His strong background of both clinical and administrative experience brings valuable leadership talent to the surgical services and operations role. We look forward to working with him.”

Metzger comes to Providence from Huntsville Hospital Health System in Huntsville, Ala. where he served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as service line director for Surgical Services. There, he was responsible for all perioperative services as well as operations of the Pre-Admission Testing Center and Surgery Scheduling. He also maintained administrative oversight of more than 470 employees, 45 multi-specialty surgical suites and nine endoscopy suites for the 941-bed acute care, not-for-profit hospital.

Metzger began his health care career as an operating room clinical technician before earning his bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He later earned a master’s of management in health care degree from Vanderbilt University. He is a licensed registered nurse and serves on the advisory board for surgical technology programs at Calhoun Community College and Huntsville Hospital.

“I am very excited to immerse myself into the ministry of Providence Hospital, which has been serving the health care needs of the Mobile community for more than 160 years,” Metzger said. “With such a strong reputation for quality and clinical excellence, Providence Health System is well prepared for the rapidly changing healthcare landscape and all of the challenges that we will all face as healthcare providers and consumers.”


About Providence Health System

Based in Mobile, Ala., Providence Health System includes Providence Hospital and Providence Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician network. Founded in 1854, Providence Hospital is licensed for 349 beds and provided care represented by more than 15,000 inpatient discharges and 146,000 outpatient visits last year. Specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, cancer, orthopedics, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center, and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence Medical Group has 20 practices and more than 70 physicians offering primary and specialty care across southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi. More information is available at or 251-633-1000. Providence is a member of Ascension, the largest Catholic, non-profit health system in the U.S. which is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.