Thornton Kirby, FACHE

Thornton Kirby has served as President & CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association since 2005. In that role he interacts with hospital CEOs, physicians, state and federal legislators, agency heads, business leaders, and educators to represent our state's hospital community.

Thornton chairs the boards of both the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and Welvista, an organization committed to improving health and wellness for the uninsured. Recently,  he was appointed to the Joint Commission Board of Commission Resources, a not-for profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Thornton is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the USC School of Law. Before joining SCHA, Thornton practiced law as a hospital attorney with the Nexsen Pruet law firm in Columbia, served as vice president of Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter, and spent 8 years as a senior administrator of Clemson University. His diverse experiences in law, health care, and higher education give Thornton a unique perspective on many of the policy issues facing South Carolina.

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