Kerry R. Hicks has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Health Grades, Inc. since 1999, working to re-orient the healthcare industry and consumers to make more decisions based on quality.
In the news media and at conferences, Hicks is one of the industry's leading and most fearless spokespeople on physician quality, hospital quality, and the tidal wave of consumerism that is now changing the way America is delivering healthcare.
For HealthGrades, Hicks is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing all areas of the company. Hicks' leadership has turned HealthGrades into the leading destination for consumers seeking information on doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. Three million people each month visit HealthGrades.com, many of the nationís leading corporations and health plans provide HealthGrades' information to their employees, and more than 350 hospitals are advised by HealthGrades on maintaining or raising their quality of care.
Hicks built HealthGrades now one of the largest public companies in Colorado out of a predecessor company, Specialty Care Network, at which he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1999. From 1985 to 1995 he served as Senior Vice President of LBA Healthcare Management (LBA).
Mr. Hicks received a Bachelor's in Business and a Master's in Information Systems from Colorado State University, where he also was the recipient of the 2001 College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and was selected by the College of Business as the Spring 2001 Commencement speaker. In 2000, Hicks was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the e-business category for the Rocky Mountain Region. Hicks has contributed expert content to numerous business publications, and is routinely quoted in the news media, including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, NBC's Today Show, Forbes and Business Week.