August 2, 2006

CONTACT: Bridget Donaghue
(215) 349-8368
bridget.donaghue@uphs.upenn.edu


COO of University of Pennsylvania Health System, Garry Scheib,
Elected to Board of Trustees for American Hospital Association

(Philadelphia, PA) - Garry Scheib, Chief Operating Officer of University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) and Executive Director of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) was elected as one of seven new members to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. The Board holds ultimate authority for creating policies, managing finances, and overseeing the direction of the AHA. Scheib's term commences on January 1, 2007, and ends on December 31, 2009. Along with his election to the Board, Scheib will also assume the role of chairman of AHA's Regional Policy Board 2, a group of hospital leaders from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania focused on analyzing policy proposals and developing appropriate advocacy positions for the hospital industry.

Scheib has been a member of the UPHS leadership team for ten years when he came to UPHS as Executive Director of the Health System’s Office of Network Development, New Jersey Division in 1997. In 1999, he was appointed Executive Director of the Health System’s flagship hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and then in 2004, Scheib was appointed COO of the UPHS.

Active both nationally and locally, Scheib serves on the boards of The Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP. He is treasurer of the East Coast board of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. Additionally, he is a member on the board of directors at HUP, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and Wissahickon Hospice.

Scheib obtained both his B.S. and M.B.A from Lehigh University. He resides in Voorhees, New Jersey with his wife Susan and their three children.

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This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/aug06/scheibAHA.htm