Ridgeview hires its first Chief Medical Officer

Ridgeview Medical Center has hired Alvaro Sanchez, MD, as its first chief medical officer.

Dr. Sanchez has more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience with a focus in the areas of evidence-based population management, wellness initiatives, medical operations and patient experience. At Ridgeview, Dr. Sanchez will have oversight for physician quality and performance improvement in all clinical settings.

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Dr. Sanchez to Ridgeview and look forward to the role he will have in enhancing our services and our commitment to continually improving the health of the communities we serve through his professional experience and dedication to health,” said Mike Phelps, CEO and President, Ridgeview Medical Center.

Dr. Sanchez’ previous experience includes chief medical officer for the VA Midwest Health Care Network. In this position, he served as the senior physician in an integrated system of nine hospitals, 69 community-based outpatient and outreach clinics, eight community living centers and four residential rehabilitation treatment programs.

He has also served as medical director for Medica and UCARE, as well as at Park Nicollet in Minnesota.

Dr. Sanchez served in the Minnesota Army National Guard as Medical Corps Officer in positions of increasing responsibility including the office of the State Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon and the Division Surgeon for the 34th Infantry Division. He is a decorated veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom/Global War on Terrorism.

Dr. Sanchez received his medical degree from Pontifical Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota.