Schroffel, Stacey stepping down from UCHealth

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memorial-uch-logoUniversity of Colorado Health is losing two of its founding members. Both Rulon Stacey and Bruce Schroffel will be leaving their positions with the organization.

UCHealth, which operates Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, was formed by the two men, who created a partnership between the University of Colorado Hospital, which Schroffel was running, and Poudre Valley Health System, which was headed by Stacey. The two brought in Children’s Hospital and Memorial last year.

Now, both have announced they will step down. Stacey is the president of UCHealth and Schroffel is the CEO. Their last day will be Jan. 31, 2014, and a national search will start immediately.

Bill Neff, the system’s chief medical officer, will serve as interim president and CEO during the process. He’ll start in that role Oct. 1.

Dick Monfort, chairman of the UCHealth Board of Directors, said that the two men built the system from the beginning and “redefined high-quality health care.”

In 2010, Schroffel, then president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital, and Stacey, then president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System, began talking about combining into a new organization that would be better able to compete in the increasingly competitive and rapidly changing world of health care.

UCHealth later added Memorial Hospital after a public election that showed support from Colorado Springs voters for the partnership.

“Creating UCHealth has been one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Schroffel, who is retiring.  “I’m even more convinced today than when we first started these conversations in 2010 that not only was creating UCHealth the right thing to do, it’s the best thing for patients along the Front Range. Now it’s time to turn the reigns over to a new kind of leadership to grow the system.”

Stacey says he’ll be looking for “exciting, new opportunities” as he steps down as president of the system.

“I have made sure UCHealth is unyielding in our focus on providing the very highest quality patient care while also focusing on efficiencies which will make us better able to face the health care challenges of tomorrow,” said Stacey. “I’m confident that patients and our staff members are better cared for today than before we formed UCHealth. I’ll now be looking for exciting new opportunities, perhaps continuing to prepare for the future of health care.”

Before being named UCHealth chief medical officer, Neff was the chief medical officer for Poudre Valley Health System and chairman of the PVHS Board of Directors. Neff also helped develop Colorado Health Medical Group, UCHealth’s physician group.