Rick J. Barnett

President and CEO

"The best thing about my job is meeting our dedicated, talented teams of patient care experts. I’m drawn to this profession because there is nothing more important than a person’s health. When I’m not working, I scuba to explore the serene, slow-motion world underwater."

Rick is responsible for managing Satellite’s strategic plans as the organization builds on its more than 40-year reputation as the nation's leading not-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of care for people with kidney disease.

Rick brings to Satellite more than 30 years of experience at some of California's leading hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Most recently, Rick served as Senior Vice President of VHA Inc. and Executive Officer of the West Coast Region. At VHA, Rick directed a network of more than 100 hospitals and related entities across Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Rick has also served as President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, Redding; President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta; and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa.

In addition to membership on a range of healthcare executive industry organizations, Rick has held seats on executive boards ranging from The Hospital Council of Northern California to various non-profit, government and university organizations.

Rick holds a Master's Degree in Business from California State University at Fullerton and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pacific Union College.