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Rochester Regional Health CEO to retire in July

Rochester Regional Health President & CEO Eric Bieber, MD, has announced that he plans to retire in July.

Now the Rochester Regional Board of Directors will be tasked with conducting a search for his successor. They said in a press release that the search would be a national one.

“It has been a tremendous honor to lead such a dedicated team of talented people over the past seven years,” Bieber said. “Together, we have built a robust integrated health network that provides critical services for people living across western New York and the Finger Lakes.”

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“Over the course of his tenure, Eric has been a visionary leader who has enabled us to take our place as one of New York State’s most respected and far-reaching health systems,” said Board of Directors Chairman Michael Nuccitelli. “He has led us through the complexities of the healthcare landscape so that we can continue to provide high-quality, innovative care for our patients and community for many years to come.”

Formed in 2014 with the joining of two Rochester-based hospital systems, Rochester Regional has experienced tremendous growth, adding additional hospitals and physician practices, and expanding the geographic reach of high-quality tertiary and quaternary healthcare throughout Upstate New York. Under Bieber’s leadership, Rochester Regional Health has grown into a $3 billion health system that not only delivers outstanding care to New York State’s residents, but also, through its wholly owned subsidiary, ACM Global Laboratories, partners with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to develop new medicines and bring them to market more quickly.

During his time as President & CEO, Rochester Regional has:

  • Opened the seven-story Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care at Rochester General;
  • Built Rochester Regional into an integrated health system comprised of nine hospitals, a far-reaching network of destination primary and specialty care campuses, home care and hospice, skilled nursing centers and more;
  • Revitalized system facilities, including Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic (Clifton Springs, NY), St. Mary’s Hospital (Rochester, NY), and various skilled nursing and clinical sites to meet the evolving needs of their communities;
  • Expanded the system’s footprint through an affiliation with St. Lawrence Health System and Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice;
  • Promoted nursing excellence with the creation of the College for Health Careers and the expansion of the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing, and by enabling Rochester Regional’s nurses to achieve unparalleled success in earning Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and nearly 30 Beacon Awards from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses;
  • Achieved elite electronic medical records connectivity status with HIMSS 7 status;
  • Recruited nearly 700 new primary care and specialty providers to work in urban, suburban, and rural communities in Upstate New York;  and
  • Created a visionary sustainability program designed to reduce waste, eliminating toxins, and  create a green community.

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with partners and colleagues in New York State and beyond throughout my career, but I would especially like to thank the medical staff, 20,000 employees and board of Rochester Regional, as well as the Rochester community for their tremendous support,” added Bieber.