UVa Medical Center VP, CEO to retire [The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.]
(Daily Progress, The (Charlottesville, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 10--R. Edward Howell, vice president and CEO of the University of Virginia Medical Center, will retire in July
Howell has led the medical center since 2002 and plans to devote his post-retirement time to teaching and pursuing family and personal interests according to a Wednesday announcement.
"I'll turn 65 in January, and turning 65 shouldn't be a surprise to anybody," Howell said. "I think it's a good time for me to refocus some of my activities."
Howell is also a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UVa School of Medicine and plans to continue teaching after retiring.
Although it's difficult to pick just one highlight or accomplishment, Howell said he's especially proud of the development of the medical center's clinical and residency programs.
Wednesday's announcement listed the addition of 100 inpatient beds, an expansion of surgical and medical procedure capacity, the building of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, a 40-bed transitional care hospital, a new clinical laboratory facility and the implementation of an electronic medical record system among accomplishments under Howell's leadership.
In 2009, UVa Medical Center purchased a 49-percent interest in Culpeper Regional Hospital, expanding care in that region. An outpatient facility for UVa Children's Hospital is slated for completion next summer.
UVa Health System, which includes the medical center, UVa Physicians Group and clinical staff from the UVa School of Medicine, employs about 7,000 people, said medical center spokesman Eric Swensen. Howell oversees about 5,200 of those employees.
"During an era of significant change in healthcare, Ed and his team have worked well to prepare the Medical Center and the Health System for the future, in particular through the development of an ambitious clinical strategic direction," UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan said in the announcement.
Before joining UVa Medical Center, Howell served as CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
"Mr. Howell will be missed," Dr. Shiv Khandelwal, president of the Albemarle County Medical Society, said in an email. "He has been a strong leader in a time of major changes and challenges in healthcare delivery and has helped UVA successfully respond to those changes."
UVa plans to conduct a national search for Howell's successor.
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