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Thomas F. Zenty III


University Hospitals

Thomas F. Zenty III is Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals, a comprehensive health system with $2.3 billion in annual revenues, 16,000 physicians and employees, and a national reputation for providing the highest-quality health care.

UH is a vertically integrated health system with nine medical centers, 21 outpatient health centers, six urgent-care centers and more than 160 physician offices across Northeast Ohio.

At the heart of the system is UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, which earned the 2012 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize as the nation’s top hospital for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. This 1,032-bed academic medical center is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It is among America’s 50 best hospitals in all 12 methodologically determined clinical specialties in the 2012-13 US News and World Report Best Hospitals rankings. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on the UH Case Medical Center campus, is among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals in all 10 clinical specialties.

Under Zenty’s leadership, UH has experienced an impressive financial turnaround, improved bond ratings, expanded community benefit contributions, increased patient volume, and enjoyed unprecedented philanthropic support. A $1.2 billion system-wide investment added the state-of-the-art UH Seidman Cancer Center, UH Ahuja Medical Center in suburban Beachwood, and several community health centers. In 2012, UH launched The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, an innovative initiative to support leading physician-scientists nationwide to develop and commercialize new drug therapies.

UH’s growing reputation for research breakthroughs, community engagement and patient-centered care of the highest quality inspired 60,000 individuals, corporations and foundations to give more than $1 billion to Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals in the past eight years.

Prior to assuming leadership of UH in 2003, Zenty held leadership roles with health systems in California, Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Zenty is active on the boards of many community-based organizations and national professional associations. He has also served on the boards of both publicly traded and private corporations. He is a past trustee of the American Hospital Association and chairs The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care. Becker’s Hospital Review has included Mr. Zenty among the top 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to Know. Modern Healthcare has listed Zenty among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He is in the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame, and is a perennial among Inside Business magazine’s Power 100 Leaders in Northeast Ohio. Recent honors include B’nai B’rith International’s National Healthcare Leadership Award and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s Humanitarian Award.

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