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Chief Executive Officer Orange, CA

The University of California, Irvine Health (UCI Health) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a highly accomplished healthcare executive to lead a preeminent academic medical center through a period of tremendous growth. The new CEO will join UCI Health during a time of rapid expansion, with significant infrastructure projects underway, including the construction of a new 112 inpatient bed hospital in the heart of Irvine, expected to be completed in 2025. UC Irvine is an innovative institution with tremendous assets – a world-class research university, a public mission with a strong commitment to its community, and internationally acclaimed clinical and research faculty that support superb resident and fellowship training programs. As the only academic medical center in Orange County, UCI Health serves a diverse population with broad healthcare needs, and is on the precipice of robust market expansion in the coming decade. With a focus on an expanded ambulatory care model, improved care delivery standards, and a unique clinical strategy that champions integrative health, the new CEO will provide strategic direction over the delivery of a new model of care, playing a key role in defining the future of academic medicine in the region and positioning the system for broader national influence.  

As the only University-based care provider in Orange County, UC Irvine Health is a multifaceted organization dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, the teaching of future healers, and the delivery of the finest evidence-based care. UCI School of Medicine is ranked one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report and is home to one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. UCI Health System has been rated one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 19 straight years, and it is the only Level I trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center in Orange County.

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the benefits of an incomparable Southern California location. UC Irvine’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, advanced research, and leadership and character development makes the university and its healthcare system a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves the local, national and global communities in a myriad of ways. With more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UC Irvine ranks among the top 10 U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications, and continues to admit freshman with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UC Irvine generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.4 billion. UCI has recently embarked on the largest fundraising campaign in Orange County history, Brilliant Future: The Campaign for UCI, which seeks to raise $2 billion in support of research, healthcare, scholarships, cultural endeavors, $1 billion of which is earmarked for strengthening UCI’s healthcare enterprise.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by December 2, 2019. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via this website. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Courtney Wilk-Mandel and Carley Davenport.

UC Irvine Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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