Bayhealth Promotes Brad Kirkes to Vice President


Bayhealth Medical Center

As part of its continuing efforts to help the organization respond to the many changes taking place in health care, Bayhealth recently promoted Brad D. Kirkes, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, to Vice President of Ancillary and Clinical Services.

In this newly created role, Kirkes will oversee Bayhealth’s Orthopaedics and Neurosciences Service Line (Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery and Neurology), Ambulatory Service Line (Bayhealth’s High School Wellness Centers, Women’s Center and Outpatient Services), Laboratory Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Care and SleepCare Centers.

“Brad Kirkes possesses the experience and vision to ensure we respond to the tremendous challenges being faced in health care,” said Bayhealth Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Deborah Watson, FACHE. “He is uniquely qualified to elevate the level of services available regionally so that our patients no longer need to travel for the best health care.”

“It’s a great time to be with Bayhealth as we are adding key services and expanding existing services,” said Kirkes. “Since I joined Bayhealth, I’ve seen a tremendous increase in the quality of care provided. My goal is to continue to strive to provide academic-level medicine at the community level. I believe we are on our way within orthopaedics, neurosurgery and in some ancillary services.”

In fact, for the past couple years Kirkes has been involved in partnering with Penn Medicine, in Orthopaedics to enhance Bayhealth’s clinical practice and positive patient outcomes. One element of this partnership is that orthopaedic residents will begin a community rotation at Bayhealth starting in August 2012. This is Penn Orthopaedics first community rotation; a much needed addition per Penn, as most surgeons begin practice in a community setting rather than academics. Kirkes was also instrumental in the development of Bayhealth’s neurosurgery program. This program has such community support that Bayhealth is currently recruiting an additional neurosurgeon to meet the area’s need for this service.

“I’m fortunate and humbled to be leading multiple service lines that are key to our community’s health needs,” he said. “We continue to push ourselves at Bayhealth to provide high quality care that meets the needs of the community, supports our physician partners and is cost-effective. It is challenging, but remaining competitive and listening to the customer are key to success in health care today.”

Kirkes joined Bayhealth in 2005 as the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Orthopaedics. Over the years, he gained additional responsibilities and was named Administrative Director of the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Service Line in 2008.

He received a master’s degree in healthcare administration and an MBA with a focus on global economics, both from the University of Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from San Jose University in California. Kirkes was a practicing occupational therapist for 15 years, during which time he obtained his advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist, published five books in orthopaedic hand therapy and served as an international speaker on orthopaedics. Since that time, he has served in progressive leadership roles at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for nine years before joining Bayhealth.

Kirkes is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and swimming. His favorite hobby is traveling abroad to experience different cultures and customs.