The appointment of Peter G. Traber, M.D., as CEO of the University's Health System was made in an announcement last week by President Judith Rodin. Dr. Traber has served as interim CEO for the past month (Almanac February 22).
In addition to his role as CEO, Dr. Traber will continue serving as interim Dean of the School of Medicine. "As University rules require, a faculty committee will be appointed in the future to undertake a nationwide search for a dean, and he is expected to be a candidate in that search," Dr. Rodin said.
As the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine, Dr. Traber served as Chair of Penn's Department of Medicine before his appointment in February as interim CEO and Dean. Dr. Rodin continued, "In his month as interim CEO, he has shown the willingness and capacity to guide and manage Penn's Health System in these complicated and difficult times. As I said last month, he is an exceptional researcher and clinician whose knowledge of UPHS is broad and deep. Our trustees, medical faculty and staff have great confidence in him, as do I. He is clearly an able leader who will direct the Health System to future success.
"We have an outstanding medical faculty and the quality of our clinical care is recognized nationwide. Peter Traber's mandate is to assure the capacity of the Health System to sustain its excellence and fulfill its academic mission as we continue to confront and solve the challenges of this difficult health care environment," Dr. Rodin concluded.
Dr. Peter Traber then announced some additional changes in the UPHS leadership.
"We have concluded our arrangement with the Hunter Group, which was retained last month to help us during this transitional period. The advice the consultants provided was valuable in helping me assess our progress in implementing their recommendations. I thank the Hunter Group for its help, and I will not hesitate to engage them again if we feel it would help us meet our goals. What is important to emphasize, however, is that the UPHS leadership team will continue to plan and execute the decisions that determine our course," said Dr. Traber.
Dr. Robert D. Martin, will resume his role as chief operating officer of the Health System. "In his nine months as COO, Robert had proved himself extremely well suited for the task of helping to guide our institution through difficult but necessary changes. His overall range of experience and expertise in health-care management and finances as well as his knowledge of Penn's Health System make him the best person for the job," added Dr. Traber.
Dr. Traber thanked Will Ferniany for stepping into the interim COO role for these past few weeks. "He provided a stabilizing effect and continues to push our important agenda for financial recovery. I look forward to his continuing leadership as Senior Vice President for Administrative and Network Services."
"UPHS has made significant progress in responding to the financial crisis that has affected us and most of our peer institutions. However, we have much to accomplish. With a unified leadership in place, I am more confident than ever that our Health System will emerge stronger and better equipped to handle all challenges," said Dr. Traber.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 25, March 21, 2000