Jeffrey A. Rivest Named President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center

For immediate release: October 18, 2004

Jeffrey A. Rivest, a senior health care executive who has played a key role in the growth and success of several top academic medical centers, has been chosen as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, a 650-bed teaching hospital that is part of the six-hospital University of Maryland Medical System.

For the past 16 years, Rivest has held key leadership roles at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is ranked among the leading hospitals and research facilities in the world. Rivest’s selection was announced by University of Maryland Medical System President Edmond F. Notebaert.

“Jeff is an exceptional health care leader with more than 25 years of experience working in complex academic medical centers. I believe his vast experience and interpersonal skills will enable him to be a very effective leader for the University of Maryland Medical Center,” says Notebaert.

Rivest joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1988 as Senior Vice President for Clinical and Ambulatory Services. In 1990, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His role was expanded in 1998 to include both Children’s Hospital and the newly formed Pediatric Healthcare Network, a comprehensive network of health care services for children.

Rivest was highly successful in helping the hospital achieve rapid growth in market share and service lines, expand and improve its facilities, enhance its workforce and strengthen relationships with physician leaders. Highlights of his career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia include a 30 percent increase in market share through the implementation of unique new clinical services, strong financial performance, including consistent AA bond ratings, a $650 million facility expansion and the development of one of the largest pediatric integrated ambulatory care networks in the country.

Rivest led a management team that produced an impressive array of advancements in many services which resulted in top ratings by JCAHO and other hospital accreditation agencies and achievement of nursing magnet certification. The hospital was also recognized by the State of Pennsylvania as an employer of choice and by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked it the #1 children’s hospital in the nation in 2003 and 2004.

Rivest is not new to Baltimore. He previously worked at both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Most recently, from 1983 to 1988, he was administrator of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He had held previous leadership roles at Hopkins from 1975 to 1981, when he left to become the administrator of the Department of Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center, a position he held until 1983.
“I am excited about joining the University of Maryland Medical Center. It has a solid reputation for excellent patient care and innovation, and a strong research base, which is the cornerstone of a successful academic medical center” says Rivest. He credits Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, along with the hospital’s medical leadership, for fostering innovative research and discovery and recruiting exceptional physician scientists to work at the medical center.

Rivest received a master’s degree in financial management and health care administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Rivest holds professional certifications from Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and University of Michigan School of Business.

“I look forward to returning to Baltimore, where my wife and I have many friends,” says Rivest, who grew up in Prince George’s County. He adds that his wife, Mickie, is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Rivest will join the University of Maryland Medical Center on November 1. He succeeds John W. Ashworth III, who was promoted to a joint role with the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland School of Medicine as Senior Vice President for Network Development and Associate Dean.

The University of Maryland Medical Center, located in downtown Baltimore, provides a full range of health care to people throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. It has more than 30,000 inpatient admissions each year. The medical center employs about 5,400 people and provides training for more than half of Maryland's physicians and other health care professionals.

The medical center is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care and surgery, women's and children's health and organ transplants. It has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs, one of the most technologically advanced operating room facilities, and was among the country’s first dedicated centers for the development of minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Major components of the University of Maryland Medical Center include the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children.