UCHealth selects new CEO

Liz Concordia

Liz Concordia

University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) named Elizabeth (Liz) B. Concordia president and CEO beginning Sept. 2.

Concordia comes to UCHealth from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where she served as the executive vice president and the president of UPMC’s hospital and community services division. In her roles there, Concordia has been instrumental in developing strategies that benefited patients by increasing the quality, value and safety of health care, according to a news release.

Concordia was also crucial for growth and the integration of multiple hospitals within the UPMC system, the release said.

UCHealth includes Memorial Hospital of Colorado Springs.

In January, Mike Scialdone resigned abruptly as the CEO of Memorial Hospital.

“I am honored to be named president and CEO of University of Colorado Health,” said Concordia. “UCHealth is a successful, fast-growing, quality-focused academic and community system that’s improving the lives of patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region. I am truly excited about this new opportunity.”

Over the past eight months, a broad search team developed the values used to screen the candidates.

“We are thrilled about this selection. Liz is more than just a talented and experienced leader, she is someone who truly embodies the values and the vision of UCHealth,” said UCHealth Chairman Dick Monfort.

Concordia has experience leading a large health care system that combines academic medicine with community hospitals and clinics. The UPMC hospital division includes 20 hospitals with 5,100 licensed beds, 17 senior community facilities and 36,800 employees.

“The individual hospitals and clinics within UCHealth have already seen important improvements in quality and safety while adding innovative new treatments,” said George Hayes, Memorial Hospital CEO. “Liz’s experience will enable her to continue integrating UCHealth’s academic medicine with our community hospitals, allowing the very best of both to positively impact all of our patients throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.”