Former SCDHHS Director Christian Soura to Join SCHA

His knowledge and understanding of reimbursement policy will be a valuable asset to the state’s hospitals and health systems.

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is pleased to announce the addition of Christian Soura to the organization as Vice President of Policy and Finance.

“Once we learned Christian was stepping down from SCDHHS, we knew he could bring significant value to our hospitals and health systems and we wanted to keep him here in South Carolina,” said SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby. “Christian is an accomplished leader that can help us navigate the future of reimbursement policy, particularly with Medicaid.”

South Carolina’s hospitals and health systems are already very familiar with Soura’s background and work given his recent experience as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS). 

“I look forward to building on the work I’ve done with the state’s healthcare providers to improve patient care, like the Birth Outcomes Initiative, and I know that SCHA gives me the best opportunity to directly improve healthcare in South Carolina,” said Soura. “I’m happy to call Columbia home and raise my family here.”

 Soura had been Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since 2014 and recently served as President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. From 2011 to 2014, he acted as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget and Policy for Governor Nikki Haley where he was the lead author of the state budget and many of the administration’s major proposals.

Before his time in South Carolina, Soura served as the Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania beginning in 2001, which included an appointment to the Department of Public Welfare’s oversight panel and serving as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced recently that a panel of lawmakers and healthcare industry experts, including SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby, would be tasked with recommending a replacement for Soura.

“We look forward to working with stakeholders from around the state to find someone who will continue that legacy to lead what is one of our most complex and important agencies,” said Governor McMaster in a statement.

Other members of the committee include two state legislators, Senator Thomas Alexander and Representative Murrell Smith as well as former Senator Jim Ritchie, now the director of the state Alliance of Health Plans. Tricia Richardson, Executive Director of SC Thrive, was also nominated to the search committee. Deputy Director of Health Programs Deirdra Singleton will serve as acting director until a permanent replacement is selected.