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Riley Named CCMH Chief Operating Officer

June 10, 2023

Blake Riley, CCMH Chief Operating Officer

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital is excited to announce Blake Riley has accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“Blake brings with him a wealth of knowledge of CCMH, Carrollton, Carroll County and the surrounding hospital communities and relationships that will enable CCMH to best address the future challenges of healthcare in our part of Missouri,” said Scott Thoreson, CCMH Chief Executive Officer. “His vision for the role of Chief Operating Officer and his personal philosophy will shape and influence the COO role as he reinvents it in his own image.”

“Having grown up here, I’m passionate about this area and Carroll County Memorial Hospital,” Riley said. “I have a heart for the community and find purpose in serving here. The community has so many positive things going on right now. We have new businesses thriving, residents moving in from around the country, the school systems are doing well and the local YMCA is celebrating a ten year anniversary with a potential new building on the horizon. This community shows up to volunteer time, money, and resources to support so many civic organizations. Our outlook is bright. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Blake has over 15 years of healthcare experience, joining the hospital as a Clinical Pharmacist and 340B Coordinator in 2017 after nine years owning and operating an independent community pharmacy.

“I’ve been a part of CCMH for over a decade,” Riley said. “First as a board member, then clinical pharmacist and pharmacy director. Moving to an executive role is a natural progression, and I think I have a lot to offer the community in this role. Moving to the COO role really just enhances my ability to do what I am passionate about, serving our staff and community.”

Blake accepted the role of Director of Pharmacy Services in November 2020. He was appointed Interim COO in February 2023 and chosen as COO in late April. Blake has been in his role for a little over a month and says he’s so excited about the position.

“The most rewarding part of this role is assisting others in finding and accomplishing their purpose at CCMH, as well as supporting our communities,” Riley said. “I’ve really enjoyed being more professionally involved in the community. Ultimately, I find a lot of reward in continuing vital healthcare services right here at home. We really are a unique critical access hospital, in that we offer such a wide variety of outpatient services in a rural area.”

Riley serves in numerous volunteer roles, including serving as a board member for Mercy Road Recovery Center, dedicated to helping those in addiction achieve recovery. In 2016, Leadership Northwest recognized him with their annual Citizenship Award. He became active at the intersection of social determinants of health and healthcare services as a community pharmacist, attempting to help rural patients fill care gaps through the 340B program, vaccination programs, medication compliance initiatives and disease state educational classes. He has continued in this vein, working with population health nurses and social workers to fill care gaps in the hospital setting.

Riley received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008 from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He is currently in the Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and three children. They currently reside in Bogard, Missouri.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit