Ex-business dean named CEO of UI Hospital in Chicago

Ex-business dean named CEO of UI Hospital in Chicago

CHICAGO — Former business dean and presidential adviser Avijit Ghosh has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital.

As chief executive officer of the hospital in Chicago and the university's associate vice president for hospital operations, Ghosh will oversee the hospital and its clinics. He replaces Dr. Bryan Becker, who is leaving for a position at the University of Chicago.

Ghosh was dean of the UI's College of Business in Champaign from 2000-08 and vice president for technology and economic development until 2011. Most recently, he has been an adviser to UI President Robert Easter, overseeing a review of the university's health care operations, including the hospital, clinics and medical colleges. Ghosh also has been involved in efforts to create supplemental retirement plans for university employees.

The appointment is pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees, which meets Thursday in Chicago. Ghosh will earn $391,560 a year, according to board documents.

Ghosh "is extremely well-versed in the complexities of U.S. health care and the challenges facing the university's health-care enterprise, and has built strong working relationships with faculty and staff," UI interim vice president for health affairs Jerry Bauman said in a news release.

Bauman said Ghosh's background in business and organizational issues will help lead the hospital and clinics through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Ghosh said the hospital and clinics are critical to the university's educational mission and its commitment to serve Illinois.

"While shifts in the health-care environment pose many significant challenges for the hospital, I am confident that we will find the strength to continue on this mission with excellence," Ghosh said.


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