Memoriam: Richard D. Thomas, Former CKHS Executive Vice President
D. Thomas, former Executive Vice President of Crozer-Keystone Health System,
died recently at the age of 74.
Lansing, Mich., Mr. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State
University and a master’s in Hospital Administration with Distinction from the
University of Michigan.
In 1977, Mr. Thomas assumed the position of president and
CEO of Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital
expanded its role in the delivery of health care by forming Keystone Health
System, which aimed “to ensure the continuing ability of DCMH to achieve its
mission and to provide other quality and competitively priced health care
services by the development and operation of a financially sound, integrated
and comprehensive health care delivery system.”
Keystone Health System merged with Crozer-Chester Medical
Center in 1990 to form Crozer-Keystone Health System. Mr. Thomas served as
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the health system.
Mr. Thomas also provided strategic leadership to the creation
of numerous initiatives that continue to serve community health needs today. In
cooperation with Crozer-Chester Medical Center, he oversaw the development of
the MRI Center of Delaware County. Liberty Community Home Health Care was
created out of the merger of two struggling community home health agencies in
Upper Darby and Chester. Working with VHA East, he helped to form an off-shore
professional liability insurance company. Mr. Thomas also assisted in the planning
and creation of Crozer-Keystone’s HealthplexÒ Sports Club.
Jack McMeekin, co-founder and first president and CEO of
Crozer-Keystone Health System, remembers Mr. Thomas, his friend and
professional colleague, as an innovative and compassionate health care leader.
“It was Dick Thomas who first embraced the concept of wellness and health
promotion as a major focus in the new mission of Crozer-Keystone. Dick has left
a legacy of organizations and community health initiatives that will serve his
memory well. He was a friend and honest partner,” McMeekin says.
veteran, Mr. Thomas served for the U.S. Army. He was also an avid golfer. He
was one of the founding members of TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.,
and was a member of the RiverCrest Golf Club in Upper Providence and the Senior
Golfers of America.
In addition to his wife of 34 years, Mr. Thomas is
survived by three daughters; Susan L. Thomas, of Georgia, Tracy L., wife of
Blaise A. DeSanto, of Phoenixville, Kimberly D., wife of John T. Pusey Jr., of
Spring City, PA, seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.