Children's Hospital executive to oversee UM Medical Center

Veteran administrator to be hospital's 3rd leader in less than two years

October 19, 2004|By M. William Salganik | M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland Medical Center yesterday named Jeffrey A. Rivest as its president and chief executive officer.

Rivest, who has been executive vice president and chief operating officer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is rejoining his old boss. Edmond F. Notebaert, the chief executive of University of Maryland Medical System, UMMC's parent, headed Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 13 years until 2000.

When he takes office Nov. 1, Rivest will become the third head of UMMC in less than two years. Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff, named chief executive in 1999, stepped down to the position of executive vice president early in 2003, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. John W. Ashworth III, who replaced Schimpff, was promoted in June to the post of senior vice president of the parent medical system.

Rivest served as an administrator at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center from 1975 until he went to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1988. He assumed his current title there in 1990, under Notebaert.

Although "I've worked with Ed Notebaert for a long number of years," Rivest said yesterday, he was recruited for the UMMC post by a search firm, and his candidacy was reviewed by a committee of hospital executives.

Rivest said yesterday that he has spent his whole career at academic medical centers, and was attracted to UMMC as "a great environment for discovery and innovation." The hospital's physicians are the faculty at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He said he was also attracted by extensive modernization the hospital has done over the past decade. He said he would work with the parent system on developing a new outpatient center on the campus, a project launched by Notebaert, and noted that despite all the construction in recent years, "there's never a finish line for a medical center like this one."

Beyond that, he said, it's too early to say what programs or facilities he will seek to create or enhance.

Formerly known as University of Maryland Hospital, UMMC has 650 beds, 5,400 employees and 30,000 patients admitted each year. It includes the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children.

Beside UMMC, the larger medical system includes two other general acute hospitals, Maryland General Hospital and North Arundel Hospital, and three specialized hospitals, Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, Kernan Hospital and University Specialty Hospital, a chronic care facility.

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