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Thomas F. Zenty III

University Hospitals


Thomas F. Zenty III is Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals, a comprehensive health system with $2.2 billion in annual revenues, 16,000 physicians and employees, and a national reputation for providing the highest-quality health care.

UH, ranked among the nation’s most integrated health systems, includes seven owned and two joint-venture medical centers, 20 outpatient health centers, six urgent-care centers and more than 160 physician offices across Northeast Ohio. Services include home health care, inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing, and corporate healthcare.

Under Mr. Zenty’s leadership, UH has experienced an impressive financial turnaround, improved bond ratings, expanded community benefit contributions, increased patient volume and unprecedented philanthropic support. The Employers Resource Council has recognized the UH system eight times as a best place to work in Northeast Ohio.

UH Case Medical Center, a 1,032-bed academic medical center, is the system’s flagship, and the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 2012, UH Case Medical Center earned the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, a prestigious national award for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety. UH Case Medical Center is also one of only 13 hospitals that U.S. News & World Report ranks among the nation’s 50 best in all 12 clinical specialties. UH Case Medical Center earned a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals® award as one of the nation’s top 15 major teaching hospitals for six consecutive years. No other Northeast Ohio hospital has earned this honor.

Mr. Zenty led the design and implementation of UH’s ambitious Vision 2010 strategic plan, a $1.2 billion investment to expand access to superior-quality, patient-centered care across Northeast Ohio. Key accomplishments include UH Seidman Cancer Center, a freestanding 150-bed cancer hospital on the campus of UH Case Medical Center; the 144-bed UH Ahuja Medical Center in suburban Beachwood; and an electronic medical record now in place at all UH-owned hospitals.

He now oversees the next three-year strategic plan focused on continuous improvement and leadership in care quality and value, research and innovation, overall system performance and sustainable growth. The plan aligns with Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals, a $1 billion initiative in support of UH.

Prior to assuming leadership of UH in 2003, Mr. Zenty was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Clinical Care Services at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. He previously held leadership roles with health systems in Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Mr. Zenty earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Master of Health Administration from Xavier University. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Lake Erie College.

He is as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and chairs the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care. He has chaired the boards of the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust, BioEnterprise, Invest in Children, and Western Reserve Assurance. Mr. Zenty also served on the boards of Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Urban League, Ohio Business Roundtable and United Way of Northeast Ohio,

Becker’s Hospital Review includes Mr. Zenty in its list of the top 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to Know. Other recent recognitions include induction into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame, and inclusion in Inside Business magazine’s Power 100 Leaders in Northeast Ohio for the past eight years. Mr. Zenty’s recent awards include B’nai B’rith International’s 2010 National Healthcare Leadership Award and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s 2011 Humanitarian Award. Modern Healthcare named him to its 2011 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
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