Richard M. Hamrick, III, MD was the Chief Medical Officer for HCA’s Capital Division. In this position, he spearheaded the division’s activities relating to quality improvement, patient safety and clinical effectiveness, and worked closely with division and hospital personnel and affiliated physicians. Prior to joining HCA, Dr. Hamrick practiced pulmonary medicine in Richmond for more than 22 years as a member of Pulmonary Associates of Richmond, Inc. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, he received a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed his internship at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, a residency at West Virginia University Medical Center, and a fellowship in pulmonary diseases from Georgetown University Medical Center. He subsequently obtained an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Hamrick has been active in governmental affairs, representing HCA on numerous policy issues. He was appointed by Virginia Governors to work groups surrounding policy issues. He led the formation and startup phase of Virginia Care Partners, a clinically integrated network with over 200,00 lives now under contract.