Meet the Staff at Erlanger Behavioral Health

Richard Smith , MSN, MBA, DNP

Chief Nursing Officer

Richard “Rich” Smith brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership and nursing experience to his role as Chief Nursing Officer at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital.

Prior to joining the Erlanger team, Mr. Smith served as the Executive Director of Erlanger ContinuCare Home Health.  He has also held Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Nursing positions in Georgia, Alabama, and Nevada.

Mr. Smith’s career also includes service as a staff nurse, clinical supervisor, nurse manager, and director of nursing.  He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including acute, residential, long-term care, and home health.  During his career progression, his responsibilities have expanded from leading nursing services for local community hospitals to driving patient care at a large academic teaching facility in Georgia.

Mr. Smith earned a MSN/MBA with a specialization in healthcare administration from Southern Adventist University in 2004.  In 2013, he completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree through Chatham University.

Mr. Smith’s leadership development training has focused on customer service, transformational leadership, information technology, strategic planning, and operational efficiency.

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