Joe Hodges – SSM Health Care

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Joe Hodges is the Regional President of SSM Health Oklahoma, the parent company of the St. Anthony Hospitals. Joe’s journey into service began long before he joined St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City in 1992. In fact, his journey began in the small rural Oklahoma panhandle town of Forgan. As the son of a third-generation rancher and a first-grade teacher, his parents instilled in him the importance of education and hard work.

A graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he joined St. Anthony as a part-time employee in the hospital’s business office. From the business office he moved into managed care before becoming network director of hospital contracting, then executive director of oncology and administrative services and eventually vice president of operations. In 2003, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. And 13 years to the month that he began at St. Anthony, Hodges was named the hospital’s president and served in that role until his appointment as regional president in 2012. Under Hodges leadership, he has expanded health services which are now comprised of four hospitals, a medical group, a foundation, four outpatient healthplexes and 17 rural hospital affiliates.

Hodges serves on the board of numerous civic organizations including: President of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Foundation, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Allied Arts, OKC Chamber of Commerce, Shartel Boulevard Development Authority and YMCA of Oklahoma City. Previously he has served on the boards of Leadership OKC, Oklahoma City Arts Council and the Oklahoma National Memorial. He has been a member of the Oklahoma City Downtown Rotary since 2007 and he is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hodges earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in health-care administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has two daughters.

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Sherry Rice Rhodes, Vice President, Development of St. Anthony Foundation, holds a MBA degree and has undergraduate degrees in both Business Management and Theatre Arts Management. Sherry has been engaged in nonprofit management and fundraising for more than 20 years and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

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