After Nearly A Quarter Century, UPMC Will Have A New CEO – 90.5 WESA

The head of UPMC, Jeffrey Romoff, is retiring after 24 years of leading the organization.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished during my almost five decades at UPMC, growing the organization to become a $23 billion global integrated health care delivery system,” said the outgoing president and CEO in a note to UPMC staff. “We transformed the economy in western Pennsylvania and turned the world’s eyes to Pittsburgh as a hub of medical innovation and groundbreaking patient care.”

Leslie C. Davis will succeed Romoff on Aug. 1, according to UPMC. Romoff will stay on to help the transition until Oct. 1, when he’ll be given the title “president emeritus.”

A UPMC press release says the board unanimously approved of Davis’s appointment, who has been with UPMC for 17 years. In her most recent role, Davis lead UPMC’s health service division, overseeing operations of UPMC’s 40 hospitals. Prior to that, she was the president of UPMC-Magee Women’s Hospital from 2004–2018.

Under Romoff’s leadership, UPMC not only became the largest health care provider in the state, but also the largest nongovernmental employer, and western Pennsylvania’s largest medical insurer. Additionally, UPMC’s footprint expanded beyond the U.S. to medical operations in China, Ireland, Italy and Kazakhstan.

Romoff started his career with UPMC in 1973 as the director of the office of Education and Regional Programming at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. In 1992, he was named president of UPMC, in 2006 that title was changed to president and CEO.

Much of UPMC’s growth under Romoff’s tenure occurred when UPMC became an insurance provider in 1997, transforming into an “integrated health care system.”

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That move created a major rift between UPMC and the region’s largest insurance provider at the time, Highmark Health. Highmark acquired its own medical system in 2013. As a result, UPMC refused to accept Highmark Health insurance at its medical facilities. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued UPMC in 2019, resulting in a 10-year agreement with Highmark.


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