Rick Wurth, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer at Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, joined the organization in October 2010. First serving as CHNK’s Vice President for Development in charge of fundraising, Rick was promoted to his current position in 2012.
Rick leads a team of 100 healthcare professionals who operate out of three campuses across the Northern Kentucky region. Offering a full continuum of care for youth and families who have experienced abuse, neglect, addiction, and other serious trauma, CHNK’s outpatient and residential treatment services impact over 3,700 individuals each year.
Under Rick’s guidance, the agency’s treatment lines have expanded to include addiction treatment, intensive outpatient services, day treatment/partial hospitalization, psychiatric residential treatment, and a therapeutic day school operated in partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools. From the time period of July 2019 through June 30, 2020 CHNK had 16,990 nights of care provided in Residential Treatment, 18,034 units of services provided in Outpatient Services, including 1,253 telehealth services, 625 students served in the Therapeutic Day School, and 3,739 youth and immediate family members impacted by CHNK treatment services. CHNK’s footprint in Northern Kentucky now spans two counties and three campuses, two of which operate 24/7. Rick’s fundraising expertise has also helped produce over $19 million in revenues from private donors, corporate partners, foundations, and specially-negotiated contracts.
Since joining the CHNK team, Rick has also overseen a $2 million renovation of the organization’s residential cottages and a $5.2 million renovation of CHNK’s historic administration building in Devou Park.
When he’s not undertaking efforts to establish CHNK as the premier provider of behavioral healthcare and addiction treatment services in Kentucky, Rick enjoys spending time with his husband Mike and their pets, which include two Airedale Terriers and four parrots.