Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce Dr. Frederick Ridge as Chief Medical Officer. The position of Chief Medical Officer was created out of GCGH’s continuous pursuit to provide excellent patient care. As GCGH works to improve quality, patient safety and satisfaction, the position is necessary to ensure our medical policies and procedures are held to the highest standards and best practices.
Currently, Dr. Ridge also serves as GCGH’s appointed Chief of Staff. GCGH chose Dr. Ridge as Chief Medical Officer because his experience and understanding of rural health care as a physician serving our communities for decades will better serve the organization. Dr. Ridge’s has a history with rural health in Greene County as he and his wife started and maintained Indiana’s 12th rural health clinic in the early 1990s before folding their practice into the Greene County General Hospital system in 2017.
In his new role, his experience and passion for improving the health and wellbeing of our region provides the organization support needed to continuously improve the quality of care patients expect. Dr. Ridge’s responsibilities include drafting and approving policies and procedures on behalf of the organization and working to improve the care and health of patients though local, state and national policy review. Dr. Ridge has been a delegate to the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and to the state Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and Indiana Public Health Physicians’ Association, having served terms as president of all three state societies in the past. He remains active in these organizations and will represent GCGH to ensure the concerns of patients from Greene County and rural Indiana are addressed.
As GCGH continues to expand by adding service lines, clinics and the latest technology, the Chief Medical Officer’s role will prove vital to our success. Dr. Ridge also serves, and will continue to serve, as the Medical Director of our Rural Health Clinics, My Clinics. The GCGH family of clinics and service lines will greatly benefit from Dr. Ridge’s involvement and pledge to quality patient care. Dr. Ridge is happy to be part of GCGH’s growth, he states, “Greene County General Hospital is in the midst of several incredible innovative projects to positively position itself for the future of medicine in Greene County. I am very happy to be a small part of that and will continue to champion the care of patients as my prime concern, as I have endeavored to accomplish my entire career.”