Dr. Rick Thompson to lead CHI Health Nebraska Heart as President, CT Surgeon

LINCOLN – Starting August 15, 2022, Rick Thompson, MD, MBA, FACS, FACC, FACCP, will take over as the new president of CHI Health Nebraska Heart in Lincoln. In this role, Dr. Thompson will oversee the 23 physicians and many nurses, providers and support staff at the hospital. In addition to his leadership role, Dr. Thompson will also continue caring for patients as a cardiothoracic surgeon, with a special interest in complex coronary revascularization, advanced surgical therapy for heart failure, and robotic lung surgery.

Dr. Thompson has been practicing in the Lincoln community for 12 years and comes to CHI Health Nebraska Heart from Bryan Heart. During this time, he has performed more than 3,000 heart surgeries and 2,000 lung surgeries. In 2013, Dr. Thompson became the first physician in Nebraska to perform a robotic lobectomy. His care has led to positive patient outcomes and quality scores, with a lifetime STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) mortality rate of 1.1 percent - putting him in the top 10 percent of surgeons across the country. He is looking forward to bringing his expertise and excellence to CHI Health Nebraska Heart.

“When I came to Nebraska in 2011, I recognized CHI Health Nebraska Heart as a premier hospital for cardiac surgery and cardiac care,” said Dr. Thompson. “Having the opportunity to lead this team, while also continuing to care for patients, is an honor. I’m excited to continue building on Nebraska Heart’s success. It is my goal to provide the highest quality care to cardiac and vascular patients across the region.”

CHI Health Nebraska Heart is the only dedicated cardiovascular hospital in Nebraska, providing state-of-the-art cardiac, vascular and thoracic care. Among its services, the hospital includes 63 licensed beds, three catheterization labs, three operating suites and a 24-hour walk-in chest pain center. Nebraska Heart’s cardiologists provide outreach care at more than 30 clinics throughout Nebraska and Kansas. Dr. Thompson will continue seeing patients outside of Lincoln, including clinics in Grand Island, Columbus and Hastings.


About CHI Health:

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the Midwest Division consists of 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, 200 clinics and more than 13,000 employees. CHI Health’s Midwest Division operates in four-states, serving Nebraska, southwest Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota.

In fiscal year 2021, CHI Health provided $234.4 million in community benefit. $193 million of that went to provide care for the underinsured and uninsured, helping nearly 400,000 patients.

CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthy communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2020, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.6 billion and provided $4.6 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.

Richard Thompson, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery