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August 6, 2004

Garry L. Scheib Named Chief Operating Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS)


(Philadelphia, PA) – Garry L. Scheib, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), effective immediately. Scheib served previously as Senior Vice President of UPHS and Executive Director of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; the latter a position in which he will continue. In his new role as COO, Scheib is responsible for the financial and operational aspects for the Health System’s three owned hospitals (HUP, Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital) and Penn’s Homecare and Hospice services.

“This appointment formalizes a role that Garry has been performing for the past two years as executive in charge of the Health System’s operations and, more recently, Penn’s Home Care and Hospice programs, as well,” states Ralph W. Muller, UPHS Chief Executive Officer. “Garry’s leadership ability – achieving difficult goals while inspiring confidence, trust and mutual admiration in all who work with him – makes him a natural choice for the position.”

Scheib has been a member of the UPHS leadership team for the past seven years, coming to Penn from Rancocas Hospital (New Jersey) as Executive Director in the Health System’s Office of Network Development, New Jersey Division (1997-1998). He quickly rose to become Vice President of Network Operations within that office. In 1999, Scheib was appointed Executive Director of the Health System’s flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed as Senior Vice President Hospital Operations in April 2002, where he was responsible for the operations management of the Health System’s hospitals (HUP, Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and Phoenixville Hospital).

After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University, Scheib went on to earn his MBA, also from Lehigh University. He has served on numerous academic committees at Penn, including the PENN Medicine Strategic Planning Work Group and the Search Committees for both the Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of many boards, including those at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Delaware Valley Health Care Council (DVHC) and the Voluntary Hospital Association East (VHA East Coast).

Scheib resides in Voorhees, New Jersey with his wife Susan. They have three children.

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PENN Medicine is a $2.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (created in 1993 as the nation’s first integrated academic health system).

Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.

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