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UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff stepping down

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Romoff to be succeeded by executive vice president Leslie Davis

Romoff to be succeeded by executive vice president Leslie Davis

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Romoff to be succeeded by executive vice president Leslie Davis

UPMC announced to employees on Wednesday morning that president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff will be stepping down.

Romoff has been president of UPMC since 1992, and president and CEO since 2006. He is credited with turning the nonprofit organization into a world-class health system.

The email to employees said Romoff will be succeeded by executive vice president Leslie Davis on Aug. 1.

Romoff will be named president emeritus, working on the transfer of responsibilities, until Oct. 1.

Davis said she has several visions for the next chapter of UPMC, some of which include improving the overall patient and team member experience, growing the insurance division and expanding to new communities.

"I believe that UPMC has the wherewithal, we have the capabilities, we have the scale, we have the size to meet these challenges head on and address them, and change," Davis said Wednesday. "We actually change health care, which is what's so exciting about it. We change the delivery service when we need to. So we don't just sort of look at the problems and try to figure them out; we find new solutions. That's what I'm most excited about."

Under Romoff's leadership, the health system acquired new hospitals and built its reputation as a medical provider in specialties like vision and cancer treatment.

UPMC also clashed with another large Pennsylvania nonprofit health care system, Highmark. The two organizations eventually reached a deal in 2019 to allow in-network access to patients insured by Highmark at UPMC facilities and doctors, after the attorney general sued UPMC questioning its nonprofit status.

UPMC employs 92,000 people and includes 40 hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.

"I am proud to have led UPMC during a time of exceptional growth," Romoff said in the statement. "We are now in a well-earned period of stability and success, having overcome challenges and grown into a fully integrated health care system."

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