Rochester Regional Health System announced today that Eric Bieber, MD, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer for the System. Dr. Bieber will begin in his new role on November 1, 2014.
Dr. Bieber comes to Rochester Regional Health System from University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio where he serves in a dual role as both the President of the System’s Community Hospitals West Region and the President of its Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). UH is a $3.3 billion integrated delivery system and the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio, with more than 25,000 employees.
Dr. Bieber received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. He served his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Rush St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at University of Chicago. He went on to earn his MS degree in Healthcare Management from Harvard University. Dr. Bieber is married with two sons. His wife, Edie, is also an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Dr. Bieber was selected through a rigorous and inclusive process facilitated by the external national recruiting firm, Quick Leonard Kieffer, in partnership with an internal selection committee consisting of Rochester Regional Health System Board members and physicians. After screening more than 100 candidates, Dr. Bieber emerged as the first choice, and was unanimously approved by the Board in late September.
“Dr. Bieber’s extensive clinical and operational executive experience make him uniquely qualified to successfully lead Rochester Regional Health System on our journey to improve patient health, improve the care experience and reduce health care costs throughout the region,” said Bob Dobies, Board Chair, Rochester Regional Health System. He added, “Dr. Bieber is nationally recognized for his ability to consistently cultivate high quality patient care, while achieving sound financial performance at large, highly-complex, integrated health systems.”
Dr. Bieber’s responsibilities at UH include creation and leadership of six ACOs – one of the largest and most complex ACO networks in the nation, collectively accountable for more than 200,000 lives and $1 billion in associated revenue. Additionally, he is responsible for UH’s Western Region Hospitals, consisting of multiple, large and complex acute care facilities, including two recently-acquired hospitals. Dr. Bieber also oversees UH’s graduate medical education program (approximately 1000+ full-time equivalent residents). He led UH’s Model of Care initiatives driving care delivery innovation resulting in millions of dollars in sustainable savings. At varying points in his UH career, he was responsible for system quality, clinical research and case management, and also served as System CMO. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Bieber was Executive Vice President of Strategic Network Development, and before that, was a Regional Hospital CMO for Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.
“I am both energized and excited about the opportunity to lead Rochester Regional Health System and its more than 14,000 team members during this essential time of foundational development and growth. Both legacy organizations that make up Rochester Regional share proud, patient-centered cultures and rich histories of compassionate, community-focused care,” said Bieber. “It will be extremely rewarding to unite and enrich these cultures through our shared commitment to enhance lives and preserve health throughout the region.” He added, “On a personal note, as a lifelong musician and someone who loves all kinds of music, I am really enthused about the Rochester community and cultural scene, and look forward to becoming an active part of it with my family.”
The current co-CEOs of Rochester Regional Health System, Mark Clement and Warren Hern, will continue with the System until November 30th, when Dr. Bieber is expected to be fully transitioned in his new role. As planned and previously announced, both Clement and Hern will leave the System following this transition date. Their progressive leadership and the important work they accomplished at Rochester General and Unity have created a solid foundation from which Rochester Regional Health System and its promising future will be built.
Serving the greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region and beyond, Rochester Regional Health System combines the resources, skills and accomplishments of Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System in an integrated network of nationally recognized, community-focused services. The full care continuum includes three full service acute-care hospitals and comprehensive ambulatory services; leading cardiac, orthopaedic, neuroscience, oncology, surgery, women’s health and medicine programs; more than 80 primary and specialty medical practices; innovative senior care programs, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of chemical dependency and behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials testing, with worldwide locations and lab partnerships.