Thornton Kirby, FACHE

Thornton Kirby, FACHE

Thornton Kirby, FACHE

President and CEO

Thornton Kirby is a healthcare attorney and former hospital executive who currently serves as President & CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association. He is also a frequent speaker on healthcare reform and quality improvement. 

Under Thornton’s leadership the Hospital Association has earned a national reputation for leading statewide quality improvement collaboratives. Through innovative partnerships with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Harvard University researchers, and dozens of in-state partners, South Carolina hospitals have achieved remarkable improvements in heart attack care, surgical safety, infection prevention and infant mortality. 

South Carolina’s hospitals are currently partnering with The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare in pursuit of their most ambitious goal to date: eliminating harm in South Carolina hospitals by building highly reliable systems of care. 



University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts in American Government
University of South Carolina, Juris Doctor
Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives