SHS announces Rick Shrader as permanent CFO


Cortez, CO- Southwest Health System (SHS) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Rick Shrader as permanent Chief Financial Officer of Southwest Health System.

“Rick’s leadership over the past year as interim CFO has been instrumental in our very successful turn-around. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience that allowed him to immediately have an impact on the organization and will continue to do so as we progress forward,” said CEO Tony Sudduth.

Rick’s team-focused approach over the last year has advanced the financial stability of SHS, developed improved revenue cycle processes, recruited a new Accounting Director, and provided mentorship and expertise to his reports.

SHS Board Chair Tom Rice confirmed, “Rick has been a core leader behind Southwest Health System’s financial turnaround over the last 12 months. The board looks forward to his ongoing leadership as Chief Financial Officer with a focus on improving the hospital’s financial situation.”
Shrader has over 26 years of healthcare financial management experience. Rick has primarily worked as a CFO or Revenue Cycle senior leader and has owned a healthcare consulting company specializing in financial and operations management and revenue cycle from 2009 to 2012.  He has also worked for a healthcare real estate investment trust and has been in financial leadership roles for both proprietary and not-for-profit hospital organizations throughout his career.

Rick holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Louisiana at Monroe: a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in History.  Rick and his wife, Kandice, reside in Venice, Florida with their 3 of their 5 children: Eric (20), Thomas (17) and Jeb (17). The Shrader family are sports enthusiasts and very active.

Note from CNO on 4-Star Rating

One of our biggest achievements this summer was earning a 4 star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid!
These ratings are determined by collecting data on several quality measures and by the scores indicated on the surveys our patients complete after they receive in patient care. Hospitals are also compared to each other to help determine their score.
Historically Southwest Memorial Hospital has received a 3 star rating, as do most hospitals in the county. We are very proud of our score increase and we plan to work hard to keep it, while working towards being a 5 star facility!

I want to take this opportunity to thank our nursing and ancillary care staff for all their hard work. Without your commitment to your community, our patients and this organization we could not be successful.
I’d also thank you, the public and our patients. We know that every interaction from having your IV started to having your lunch tray delivered matters. We are working hard to be the best health system, providing the highest quality of safe and reliable care to you and your families.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at or by phone 970-564-2483.

2019 Dan Wilford Award Winner Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS

Last night Jodi Harris was presented the 2019 Dan Wilford Award for Compassion & Community Service from Community Hospital Corporation’s President and CEO, Jim Kendrick. Jodi was selected from nearly 5,000 eligible employees in the CHC system. We couldn’t be more proud of Jodi and all of her hard work. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the evening so special!