Leaving a Legacy


May 20, 2020 Posted in: Patients & Providers
Richard Floyd, MD

Richard Floyd, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon, retires after 29 years of service at CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group.

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Richard Floyd was inspired by his father to become a surgeon. Following in his father’s footsteps, he completed medical school and training in cardiothoracic surgery.

“I loved the technical aspect of surgery,” said Dr. Floyd. “I watched my father enjoy what he did for his career, and that’s what convinced me to pursue it as well.”

Dr. Floyd knew once he completed his education that he wanted to stay local with his practice. He began working in his hometown with Saint Joseph Hospital in 1991, where his father had worked, too.

“My name is familiar at Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Dr. Floyd. “When I retire, it will be the first time in 60 years that a Richard Floyd hasn’t been on staff.”

A Fulfilling Career

Through the years, the longtime surgeon was able to watch the hospital develop and grow with the arrival of new physicians, innovative technology and minimally invasive procedures. What remained the same was the quality of the medical staff and their dedication to meeting patients’ needs.

“I was fortunate to work with an outstanding team of health care providers throughout the years,” said Dr. Floyd. “The people I work with at the hospital, as well as the interactions with patients, are what I’ll miss the most about my job.”

Looking back, Dr. Floyd’s greatest accomplishment was to help improve the lives of his patients.

“People came to me with a specific problem, and we had to find the solution,” Dr. Floyd said. “Being able to operate and help people heal and have a better quality of life is what I’m most proud of working at CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group.”

Family remained a priority through Dr. Floyd’s career, and will continue to be the center of his retirement. He plans to move cross-country to Utah to live closer to relatives. Excited about the extra free time, he intends to spend the next stage of his life traveling, hiking and playing basketball.

“We are privileged as health care providers to be able to take care of patients and earn their trust. The relationships I’ve formed here have been rewarding,” said Dr. Floyd.

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