President & Chief Executive Officer
Steve Purves became President & Chief Executive Officer of MIHS in September 2013. MIHS is Arizona’s only public healthcare system and Maricopa County’s largest training center of physicians and other healthcare professionals. MIHS includes the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, a Level I Trauma Center, two behavioral health centers and a network of 11 neighborhood clinics that serve the entire county. Purves works with the publically elected five-member Board of Directors, who represent the Maricopa County Special Health Care District, to plan, direct and manage the current operations, future growth and program development for MIHS.
Purves is actively involved in the community as an ambassador for MIHS and in a variety of roles outside his health care duties. He serves on the America's Essential Hospitals' Board of Directors, Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association (AzHHA) Board, Maricopa Health Foundation Board, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Board, Arizona State University Health Advisory Board, and the Valley of the Sun United Way. Purves is also a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL).
Prior to joining MIHS, Mr. Purves served seven years as President & CEO of Munroe Regional Health System, Inc., a public, not-for-profit healthcare system that serves Marion County and North Central Florida. The healthcare system includes Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed tertiary acute care hospital (recognized year after year as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals), a wholly owned Clinical Integration Organization, Florida’s first Free Standing Emergency Center, a Speech and Hearing Center, three Wellness and Rehabilitation Centers and various clinical joint ventures, including a long term acute care hospital, a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, and a regional home healthcare service.
From 1998 to 2006, Purves was President & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that, Purves was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a 700-bed public academic medical center in Wilmington, North Carolina from April 1996 until July 1998. Purves also served as Interim President & CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center from May 1997 – October 1997.
From 1987 until 1996 he was employed by Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Virginia, where he served as COO of Roanoke Memorial Hospitals, the system’s 725-bed flagship teaching hospital.
He received his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education (Cum Laude) from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Mr. Purves is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Purves is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He and his wife, Mary Anne, have two grown children.