Rick Newell, MD, is Chief Transformation Officer for Vituity, and CEO of Inflect Health, Vituity’s innovation hub. In these roles, he is responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of strategies, programs, and technologies that enhance and transform enterprise-wide healthcare delivery. He currently oversees initiatives related to innovation, acute psychiatry, acute neurology, telehealth, and complex care management.
Dr. Newell is board-certified in clinical informatics and emergency medicine. He obtained his Master of Public Health in healthcare management from Harvard University and earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was selected as a junior member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
As a second-year medical student, Dr. Newell cofounded a free health clinic that to this day continues to serve the impoverished communities of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhood. He was recognized for this work with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
Dr. Newell was elected to Vituity’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he also served the Partnership as a Director of Quality and Performance and oversaw telehealth, CMS quality programs, two qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and the administrative fellowship. In 2013, Dr. Newell was recognized for his contributions to Vituity with a Distinguished Service Award.
As shared owners in their partnership, Vituity clinicians are always looking for ways to improve care. Many of our signature solutions originated at single hospitals with front-line providers leading the way. Dr. Newell is committed to continuing this legacy of physician engagement and innovation through programming, strategic partnerships, and cultural alignment.
A standout example is Vituity’s Innovation Grant program, which nurtures new ideas that can be replicated across practice sites nationwide. Under Dr. Newell’s leadership, the program awarded a record $350,000 in grant funding to 35 projects in 2021. Grantees include programs that care for unhoused patients, increase HIV screening in the emergency department, and promote health literacy of Indigenous communities.