UM Health Sys­tem CEO step­ping down

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Who: Dr. Ora Pescovitz, 57

Leav­ing role as: Ex­ec­u­tive VP of med­i­cal af­fairs at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and CEO of the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem, as of June 1.

Fill­ing the po­si­tion: UM plans to name Dr. Michael M.E. Johns in­terim ex­ec­u­tive VP for med­i­cal af­fairs while it con­ducts a search for a per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor. Johns was most re­cently chan­cel­lor at Emory Univer­sity, where he led the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sci­ences Cen­ter. Pescovitz, the first woman to hold her po­si­tion at UM, said she is not seek­ing a sec­ond fiveyear term and de­clined in­ter­views.

Achieve­ments: In a blog post, Pescovitz listed a num­ber of ar­eas where UM has made strides, in­clud­ing at­tain­ing its high­est-ever pa­tient-sat­is­fac­tion scores, strength­en­ing its bal­ance sheet so it has more than $3 bil­lion in cash to de­ploy on strate­gic in­vest­ments, and boost­ing its ef­forts in pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment, physi­cian re­cruit­ment and fundrais­ing. The sys­tem in De­cem­ber also signed a let­ter of in­tent to af­fil­i­ate with Al­le­giance Health, Jack­son, Mich.

Pre­vi­ous roles: Pescovitz served as ex­ec­u­tive as­so­ciate dean for re­search af­fairs at the In­di­ana Univer­sity School of Medicine as well as pres­i­dent and CEO of Ri­ley Hospi­tal for Chil­dren, In­di­anapo­lis. She has been pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety for Pe­di­atric Re­search, pres­i­dent of the Law­son Wilkins (North Amer­i­can) Pe­di­atric En­docrine So­ci­ety and chair of the March of Dimes Grants Re­view Com­mit­tee.

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