LUBBOCK –Dr. Craig Rhyne, chief medical officer (CMO) of Covenant Health was named one of the 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. The 2012 list was released this summer.
Dr. Craig Rhyne became CMO of Covenant Health in April 2011. Dr. Rhyne has practiced medicine in Lubbock since 1991. Before being named CMO, Dr. Rhyne held various leadership positions such as trauma medical director with Covenant Health.
As Covenant Health's CMO, Dr. Rhyne performs many different functions. He works daily to improve clinical and patient safety outcomes along with being the liaison between medical staff, administration and management and quality assurance programs.
Dr. Rhyne has been the recipient of various awards over the years such as being the recipient of the Clinical Teaching Award for outstanding clinical instruction at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Rhyne was also the recipient of the Timothy Fleming EMS Medical Director Award for the state of New Mexico.
Becker's Hospital Review indicated that physician leaders were selected based on healthcare experience, awards received, and their commitment to quality care. Many leaders were first nominated by peers. They were then verified by industry experts.