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Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

Richard (Rick) Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. Rick is nationally recognized as an expert on the Medicare Conditions of Participation and the CMS Certification & Survey Process. As CEO, he successfully guided CIHQ in becoming the nation's 4th CMS approved deeming authority for acute care hospitals.
Rick's clinical background is in critical care nursing with a focus in cardiovascular and trauma service lines. He has held both clinical and executive management level positions in Quality, Risk, Education, Infection Control, and Regulatory Compliance.
Rick is a regular speaker at numerous state and national conferences on the CMS Survey & Certification Process and is host of CIHQ's popular monthly webinars addressing key compliance challenges in today's environment.
Rick is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation and serves as Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program (HACP). Rick has a degree in Nursing with a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration.

William Kinch, MBA, HACP-PE

William (Billy) Kinch is the Senior Facility Specialist for CIHQ/ARS. Billy has more than 20 years of experience specializing in environmental health and safety and facility operations.
Billy’s background includes Education, Environment of Care, Emergency Preparedness, Life Safety, Regulatory Compliance and Security. Prior to joining CIHQ, Billy served as the Safety Officer for a major health system in North Texas.
Billy joined CIHQ in 2014 as a Facility Specialist Surveyor and was promoted to his leadership role in 2019. Billy is host to the ARS monthly webinars related to Life Safety Code, Physical Environment, and Emergency Preparedness. He also provides standards interpretation as well as oversight of policies, tools and forms provided to clients via the ARS Resource Library.
Billy received his degree in Business Administration from South Plains College and subsequently was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Wayland Baptist University and then a Master’s of Healthcare Administration degree from University of Phoenix and is certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP).

Ann Martin MSN, RN, HACP

Ann Martin is a Generalist Surveyor for CIHQ/ARS. Ann has more than 39 years of experience in healthcare including regulatory compliance and survey preparation.
Ann’s clinical background is in nursing with a focus on Pediatric, Geriatric, Cardiac and Orthopedics. She has held clinical as well as executive management positions in Nursing, Patient Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining CIHQ, Ann served as the Director of Compliance/Patient Safety and Accreditation for Great River Health System providing leadership in quality, safety utilization review and accreditation.
Ann joined CIHQ in 2021 as a Generalist Survey. She participates in the development and maintenance of resource documents provided by Accreditation Resource Services (ARS).
Ann received her Associate degree in nursing from Stratton College and then subsequently obtained both her Bachelor and Master degrees from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP).

Gina Miller, MSN, RN, HACP

Gina Miller is a Generalist Surveyor for CIHQ/ARS. Gina has more than 37 years of experience in healthcare including regulatory compliance and survey preparation.
Gina’s clinical background is in nursing with a focus on emergency medicine. She has held clinical as well as executive management positions in Nursing, Case Management, Quality and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining CIHQ, Gina served as the Director of Quality & Outcomes Management at Pomerene Hospital providing oversight of regulatory compliance, quality, medical staff.
Gina joined CIHQ in 2017 as a Generalist Surveyor and became a Lead Surveyor in 2018. She participates in the research and development of documents and alerts that are provided via Accreditation Resource Services (ARS).
Gina received her BSN from Alderson-Broaddus University and MSN from Western Governor’s University. She is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP).

Paula Sims, MSHA, BSN, RN, HACP

Paula Sims is a Generalist Surveyor for CIHQ/ARS. Paula has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare including regulatory compliance and survey preparation.
Paula’s clinical background is in nursing with a focus on Emergency Medicine. She has held clinical as well as executive management positions in Nursing, Employee Health, Quality, Infection Control and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining CIHQ, Paula served as the Corporate Chief Nursing Officer Trusted Medical Centers providing oversight of Nursing, Performance Improvement, Employee Health, Infection Control and Regulatory Compliance. Paula also served as the Divisional Director of Clinical Services for a large emergency physician group.
Paula joined CIHQ in 2021 as a Generalist Survey. She participates in the maintenance of resources provided via Accreditation Resource Services (ARS).
Paula received her Bachelor and Master degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Paula is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP) and holds a Certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB) in Performance Improvement. She is also APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control) certified and is a member of the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives)

Paula Barnes, MBA, BSN, RN, HACP

Paula Barnes is a Generalist Survey for CIHQ/ARS. Paula has 26 years of experience in healthcare including regulatory compliance and survey preparation.
Paula’s clinical background is in nursing with a focus on emergency and intensive care medicine. She has held clinical as well as executive management positions in Nursing, Quality and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining CIHQ, Paula served as a Corporate Regulatory Compliance & Accreditation Specialist providing regulatory consultation services for a large healthcare system in Eastern NC.
Paula joined CIHQ in 2019 as a Generalist Surveyor. She participated in the development and maintenance of resource documents provided by Accreditation Resource Services (ARS).
Paula received her BSN from East Carolina University MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP).

Kimberly McGuire, MSN, RN, HACP

Kimberly McGuire is a Generalist Surveyor for CIHQ/ARS. Kim has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare including regulatory compliance and survey preparation.
Kim’s background is in nursing with a focus in Cardiac Intensive Care and Oncology. She has held clinical as well as executive management positions in Nursing, Quality and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining CIHQ, Kim was the owner of Holistic Health Coaching/Consultation as well as a Healthcare Executive providing oversight in the areas of hospital accreditation, care team coordination, program development and staff education.
Kim joined CIHQ in 2019 as a Generalist Surveyor. She participates in the research and development of documents and alerts that are provided via Accreditation Resource Services (ARS)
Kim received her Associate degree in Nursing from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing. She subsequently received a Bachelor degree from Excelsior College and then her Master degree from Grand Canyon University. She is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation (HACP).