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Published on August 23, 2013

University of Colorado Health Plans for Future, Begins Transition to New Leadership

UCHealth Board of Directors thanks President Rulon Stacey and CEO Bruce Schroffel for their visionary leadership, accomplishments and commitment to quality

Aurora, Colo. – After their tremendous leadership and visionary plans led to the formation of University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), President Rulon Stacey and CEO Bruce Schroffel have decided that now is the time to transition to new leadership of the organization.

Bruce Schroffel and Rulon Stacey

Bruce Schroffel (left) and Rulon Stacey built UCHealth.

The UCHealth Board of Directors and Chairman Dick Monfort accepted their resignations effective January 31 of next year.  Bill Neff, MD, who currently serves as UCHealth’s Chief Medical Officer, will serve as interim President and CEO during the search process and will begin that new role October first.

“Bruce and Rulon have shown incredible leadership and vision as they have literally built the UCHealth system from the very beginning,” said Monfort.  “Their direction has redefined high quality health care, and patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region and across the nation have benefitted from what they and their teams have created. The Board and I are incredibly thankful for their service, and we will soon begin the difficult task of finding a new president and CEO to lead UCHealth.”

The Board of Directors will soon begin a national search for a new president and CEO. These positions will now be combined.

Combining visions, but focused on quality

In 2010, Schroffel, then President and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital, and Stacey, then President and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System, began talking about combining into a new organization, focused on providing the highest quality health care, that would be better able to compete and succeed in the increasingly competitive and rapidly changing world of health care.

Through their leadership, UCHealth later added Memorial Hospital after a public election showed overwhelming support from Colorado Springs voters for the partnership.

“Creating UCHealth has been one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Schroffel, who is retiring.  “I’m even more convinced today than when we first started these conversations in 2010 that not only was creating UCHealth the right thing to do, it’s the best thing for patients along the Front Range. Now it’s time to turn the reigns over to a new kind of leadership to grow the system.”

“I have made sure UCHealth is unyielding in our focus on providing the very highest quality patient care while also focusing on efficiencies which will make us better able to face the health care challenges of tomorrow,” said Stacey. “I’m confident that patients and our staff members are better cared for today than before we formed UCHealth. I’ll now be looking for exciting new opportunities, perhaps continuing to prepare for the future of health care.”

A new organization, an integrated system

Schroffel and Stacey have focused on developing the new organization into a truly integrated system. Epic, the shared electronic medical record now being deployed in every UCHealth hospital and clinic, will soon house all patients’ medical records, increasing quality and safety while also making care more efficient. All finance and supply management are now coordinated through a single system, enabling UCHealth to increase the value of health care provided to patients.

Before being named UCHealth Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Neff was the Chief Medical Officer for Poudre Valley Health System and Chair of the PVHS Board of Directors. Dr. Neff also helped develop Colorado Health Medical Group, UCHealth’s physician group.

About University of Colorado Health

University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience.  UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West.  Separately, these institutions provide superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

Contact: Dan Weaver (720) 848-7852 or Dan.Weaver@UCDenver.edu

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